SmartCollegeVisit October 2010 Digest
Oct31

SmartCollegeVisit October 2010 Digest

Each month, an amazing group of students, parents, writers, educators, and consultants appear on SmartCollegeVisit. Though this web site is centered around our passion for helping people get the most from their college visits, we also explore topics that may be of interest to parents (and students) once their teens are enrolled in college.  Today, I want to thank everyone who contributed to our posts during the month of October. Though October may be the 10th month of the year, it's the 12th month we've been publishing articles for college-bound teens and their families! So, a big thank you goes to the following folks who contributed to SmartCollegeVisit's 12th month: GUEST WRITERS/CONTRIBUTORS Eric Stoller, for answering my questions and sharing insights about how colleges are there for the parents, too. —  When Your Child Turns 18 and Goes to College: What Parents Need to Know Duong Sheahan and the ChicagoMoms for permission to repost Duong's story of her journey as a parent of a college-bound teen.  Janson Woodlee, co-founder of IvyEyesEditing for his guest post: The 5 Biggest Mistakes in College Admissions Essays and Anne Giles Clelland for the College Admission Application Checklist. college students: David Replogle, Corey Bobco, Lauren Joffe for their posts from The Real College Guide. Nancy Berk, for sharing the news with me about her high school senior, Hunter Berk, and his effort to help everyone gain access to college prep materials.  CAMPUSCHAT GUESTS Chad Ratliff, whose chat on the topic The Knowledge Workforce ended early due to technical difficulties with Twitter. We will revisit that topic with Chad again.  Sharon Mostyn, who asked great questions about what parents need to know when beginning the college admissions process with their teens.  College students, Kelly Rivard and Chelsea Merget, for leading the discussion on student jobs by talking about the number of jobs they are juggling while in college and how they try to keep up with a school/social/work life balance.  Jennifer Forde, customer service representative for Fleet Aviation who provided information about the value and affordability of charter flights to visit campuses on the east coast.  The entire group of regulars to #CampusChat and all of those who are discovering the chat and joining in on our discussions to help teens, parents, admissions reps and counselors. It's an inspiring group of people to meet with each week.  OUR WRITERS THIS MONTH AND THE SCHOOLS  Writers: Val McGinnis and Lisa Campbell Warren  Schools:  Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Virginia (College Tour Halloween Haunts) Liberty University (Snowflex) Syracuse University (Whitman School of Management) Virginia Tech (One student's story) Stay tuned — subscribe to SmartCollegeVisit — we're covering more schools,...

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Top 7 Posts on SmartCollegeVisit
Oct03

Top 7 Posts on SmartCollegeVisit

Out of 275 posts published since January of 2010 and covering topics that range from college tours to campus life and beyond, which are read most often?  According out Google Analyitcs, our Smart See, Smart Do college showcase featuring Grinnell College's unique library carrels in the Burling Library is still #1, with the piece subtitled "A Green Roof Grows in Manhattan" about Barnard's new LEED certified Diana Center coming in as a close 2nd.  TOP 7 Smart See, Smart Do: Grinnell College Smart See, Smart Do: Barnard College 5 Move-in Mistakes That Rob You of Space *What NOT to Bring to College Recession-safe Majors 17 Smart Ways to Live Cheaper on Campus Dos and Don'ts on a College Visit *Congratulations to our Boston University intern, Chelsea Merget, for writing one of the most read articles on Smart College Visit! MOST POPULAR SERIES Smart See, Smart Do – a college showcase featuring a unique aspect of college campuses — the event or place you don't want to miss on your college tour! Parent to Parent – stories from and about parents helping their teens navigate campus visits and the college admissions journey Travel Tips – the 411 on planning travel to tour college campuses *** We're hoping our new series, Smart Learning, which features college and university unique learning opportunities, gains the same level of popularity as the three series listed above. Colleges and universities interested in showcasing their schools, should contact us via Twitter, Facebook or email. If you like what you read, please Share or click the Facebook "Like" button. Comments are also always welcome at...

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Top Tweeters: Where’d They Go To School
Sep20

Top Tweeters: Where’d They Go To School

September 20, 2010 If you tweet, then you’re likely to be familiar with the 2009 Twitter Wars between Ashton & Oprah. As with any competition, there’s the race to the top, followed by the race to stay on top. When we began working on this list of Top Tweeters, Britney was in the lead and, by the time we were ready to publish, Lady Gaga had risen to #1 position. So, rather than rank these tweeters by their shifting number of followers, we’ve provided a list of recent top 20 tweeters. If you want to know who’s #1 right this second, just check with Twitaholic. One thing we know for sure is this: if you’re planning a campus visit to any of the schools listed below, the list of questions you ask on your college tour may change now that you know where some of these celebs attended college. Find out where these “top tweeters” went to school: Britney Spears @britneyspears (Singer): None Ashton Kutcher @aplusk (Actor): University of Iowa Ellen DeGeneres @theellenshow (Actress/TV Show Host): University of New Orleans Lady Gaga @ladygaga (Singer/Songwriter): NYU Tisch School of Arts Barack Obama @BarackObama (President/Politician): Columbia University and Harvard University Kim Kardashian @KimKardashian (Heiress): None Oprah Winfrey @Oprah (TV Show Host): Tennessee State University Taylor Swift @taylorswift13 (Singer): None John Mayer @johncmayer (Singer): Berklee College of Music Ryan Seacrest @RyanSeacrest (TV Personality): University of Georgia Ashley Tisdale @ashleytisdale (Actress/Singer): none Shaq O’Neal @the_real_shaq (Basketball Player): Louisianna State University Justin Bieber @justinbieber (Singer): none Coldplay @coldplay (Band): University College of London Mariah Carey @MariahCarey (Singer): None Demi Moore @mrskutcher (Actress): none 50cent @50cent (Rapper): none Sean Combs @iamdiddy (Producer/Singer/Actor): Howard University Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon (Actor/TV Show Host): College of Saint Rose Lance Armstrong @lancearmstrong (Cyclist): none *** Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology is a public relations intern with Smart College Visit, Inc. Click here to read more of her great work! Sources for the college data above came from a variety of Internet sites. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. The list we provide represents where people attended college, not necessarily where they graduated or if they graduated. We like these lists because we feel college is a great beginning for many...

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Boston: A College Kid’s Playground
Jul31

Boston: A College Kid’s Playground

With population of roughly 600,000 residents with a median of 31.1 years of age, Boston is possibly one of the most young-adult-friendly cities in the country offering countless opportunities to experience real city life with a college town atmosphere.  More than 200,000 area college students thrive in the city that knows how to meet their needs for fun. Prospective students visiting a college or university in Boston may want to plan to stay an extra day (or two) and explore not only what the schools here have to offer (there are more than 50 in the metropolitan alone), but also what this fabulous city can provide.  Top 10 Things to do in Boston after your College Visit        Visit the Museum of Science — fun for all ages, always new and exciting exhibits, reasonably priced. Have a delicious Italian dinner in North End and top it off with a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry. Take a Duck Tour — a fun way to get to know the history of the city in a really cool automobile. See a Red Sox Game, or at least tour Fenway Park — can be pricey, but always worth it. Explore the Commons and the Public Garden — beautiful in spring and summer, and always FREE. Shop at Fanueil Hall Market. Walk through Cambridge — get that old Boston brick feel here. Numerous eclectic shops, especially in Harvard Square. Walk Smoots Bridge to Cambridge — walk the bridge measured in smoots.  Don't miss the New England Aquarium. Visit the JFK Presidential Library — a great way for parents to share a bit of their generation with their kids. Beautiful library; a bit of a commute but worth it. Check out the Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information about fun, learning, and play in Boston. Photo credit: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. *** Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology and is a public relations intern with Smart College Visit, Inc. To read more of Chelsea's work, click...

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WilliamPaid: Building Credit One Rent Payment at a Time
Jun15

WilliamPaid: Building Credit One Rent Payment at a Time

For many, renting an apartment while in college is a student's first step to living on his or her own. Students living on their own quickly come to realize that independence comes with a lot of responsibility: paying rent, managing credit cards, budgeting money for groceries and bills, etc. Part of becoming an adult is understanding credit: what it is, how to build it, and what applies to it. A play on words –"Bill Paid”, WilliamPaid is a company that helps its users learn about how to develop their credit through something as simple as paying rent. The Chicago-based company was founded by Evan Silverman and Jeff Golding who spent two years developing their services based on their prior experience in having owned a student loan center. WilliamPaid opened to the public in February, 2010. According to the Finaid.org website, 86% of students have student loans (excluding PLUS loans). Jacqui Monieson, spokesperson for WilliamPaid, says that by using their services,"students can earn cash-back from online shopping and referring friends and family to join. Should a user choose to apply their cash-back to their student loan debt, we'll match 10% of their cash-back amount to help pay down their debt.” WilliamPaid also keeps roommate problems to a minimum when it comes to splitting the rent. Monieson explains, “WilliamPaid helps eliminate the roommate drama associated with rent collection by allowing roommates to easily split the rent and pay rent how each desires, with one payment going to the landlord. And, because everyone is handled individually, there is no sharing of your private payment information with your roommates or your landlord.” In addition to being able to easily split the rent by using a roommate agreement available online, the company also features a blog about roommate harmony, what to do if a roommate loses a job, an easily accessible emergency contact list for all the tenants, and other valuable resources. Since credit cards are also a payment option on WilliamPaid, new card users need to understand exactly what they are getting into. When asked about tips for beginning credit card users, Monieson, suggests that the key is to be responsible.  Understanding that a credit card is not free money is imperative.  Monieson says, “Bottom line, credit cards can be very useful in helping you manage cash flow, getting miles/points, etc., but make sure you can pay the bill each month.” While managing credit cards responsibly builds credit, WilliamPaid is the first company that allocates timely rent payments towards good credit. Monieson asserts, “If you are paying rent, and you pay on time, there's no reason not to have your payments reported [to...

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SheldonWord-Nerd Wrap-up on CampusChat: Transcript for June 9, 2010

Word-Nerd founder Jenn Cohen was our guest on #CampusChat on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Tweeting from @SheldonWord-Nerd, Jenn scores the highest among our chat guests to date with the most active chat to date. WhatTheHashtag reports the following stats: 341 tweets and 23 contributors (stats reported cover the past seven days – with the highest concentration of activity on chat night). Jenn alone contributed 94 tweets last night in an hour! Thanks to everyone who joined the conversation last night and especially to our intern, Chelsea Merget (@chelsmerget), for filling in for me last night as chat host. She did an awesome job! To catch up with all the activity and great advice form #CampusChat, read the transcript and learn more about SAT/PSAT prep from @SheldonWord-Nerd. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/c6O51a. Next chat date: June 16, 2010 at 9PM ET with guest:...

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