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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College Tour Halloween Haunts
Oct27

College Tour Halloween Haunts

by Lisa Campbell Warren Dare to Visit… The Haunts of Famous American (Scary) Storytellers! Late October, with the trees dressed up in brilliant yellow, red and gold, and the added thrill of Halloween festivities, is a fantastic time to visit colleges on the East Coast. Students and parents who appreciate the “spooky” literature of Washington Irving (“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” “Rip Van Winkle,” and other stories) and Edgar Allan Poe (“The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Raven,” and many more) might enjoy visiting some of the haunts of these uniquely American writers, including universities and historic sites in New York, Maryland, and Virginia. Caution: Headless Horseman Born in 1783 in lower Manhattan, and later a famous resident of Tarrytown, in New York’s Hudson River Valley, Washington Irving continues to be celebrated in both New York City and at the riverside estate of Sunnyside. By age 16, Irving traded formal education for what he could learn and write about from daily ramblings through the city. Some of his brothers attended NYC’s Columbia College (now Columbia University), and a quick check of CU’s online library catalog produces a long list of items connected to their literary brother, including manuscripts, drawings, and first editions. The city Irving nicknamed “Gotham” is home to dozens of prestigious colleges and universities; this list may include one or more that you’ll want to visit. Outside the city, on the banks of the Hudson River, in an area named “Sleepy Hollow” by the author (but called Tarrytown in real life), Irving’s Sunnyside estate was a popular gathering spot for artists, writers, politicians and other notables of the time. Tours of Sunnyside, through December, are led by a guide dressed as Washington Irving. The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at the Old Dutch Church is where to find the author’s final resting place (and hope NOT to encounter the legendary, night-riding “headless horseman” he created!). Within an easy and scenic drive up- or downriver are several campuses worth checking out, according to this list of Hudson Valley colleges and universities. The Raven on the Lawn In 1830-1831, while the middle-aged Irving was writing and entertaining luminaries of the day at Sunnyside, young Edgar Allan Poe was attending the U. S. Military Academy just up and over the river at West Point, New York. He stayed for just one semester, but was considered a bright student of mathematics and French. Later, he would attend Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, living in one of the spartan scholars’ rooms on the Lawn in front of the Rotunda. Visitors to the U.Va. “grounds” (as they term the campus) can...

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