Top 5 Questions About Joining a Sorority
Jun02

Top 5 Questions About Joining a Sorority

Whether you’re a third-generation legacy, or just wondering if joining a sorority would enhance your undergraduate experience, here are the Top 5 Questions to Ask About Sororities When Visiting Campus.

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College Visit Don’ts
Mar10

College Visit Don’ts

— Visiting college is such an important step, and it is time consuming and expensive. No pressure, right?

It’s o.k. — visiting colleges also can create some of your best travel memories ever. Just be sure not to fall into any of these potholes on your journey! Avoid these common mistakes when you visit campus! Starting with how you manage your time.

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Smart Q & A: Should I Visit Colleges During Summer?
Jun10

Smart Q & A: Should I Visit Colleges During Summer?

— Is it really worth the time to visit colleges during the summer when most of the students are gone? It can be, especially if you seize the opportunity and make it your own.

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Denied College Admission? Nothing Personal
Feb15

Denied College Admission? Nothing Personal

College admissions – it's decision time. If you're like most college-bound high school seniors, you spent the last 12 months visiting colleges, researching schools for the "best fit," completing admission applications, pouring your heart into college admission essays, and asking people to write letters of recommendation on your behalf. And now you're waiting to hear whether you are: Accepted. Denied. Wait-listed. Accepted. That's the easy one and it's even better if you're accepted at more than one college because then you get to choose where to go to college. Denied. That's the big OUCH. It hurts to be rejected by anyone and especially by a college you really wanted to attend.  Wait-listed. That one hurts, too, and it prolongs the anguish of not knowing where you are going to attend college.  Ripping open a letter from the college admissions office should not feel like you are ripping a bandaid off a fresh wound. Don't let it get to you.  MAKE A PLAN B Mildred Johnson, director of undergraduate admissions at Virginia Tech*, advises,  "Do not take the process too personally. Many students do get offered admission to their first choice and, in many cases, the colleges they feel is their 2nd choice becomes their 1st choice."  Take whatever admissions decision you are given and assess your options. If accepted by your 1st choice, ask yourself "Is this really where I want to go to school?" Visit campus again, meet with professors in your field of study, and talk with students before accepting the offer.  If you are denied admission or wait-listed, it doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you. The admissions decision is not personal–it simply means the admissions team did not see you as a good fit for the freshman class the school is trying to establish at that time. Now that you know that, move on to Plan B. Johnson suggests attending another college or a community college and then transferring. "Transferring is always an option should students want to explore what I call 'Plan B'. It should be an exciting time for a student, so they need to take a breath and relax ." So breathe and make a Plan B that suits your life. Consider taking a Gap Year where you work and save money, travel, or help others through a volunteer program either locally or abroad.  Consider applying to other colleges. Consider community college. You have so many great options! ~~~ *Virginia Tech is a client of Smart College Visit,...

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There Will Be Prizes: Back to School Super #CampusChat
Aug02

There Will Be Prizes: Back to School Super #CampusChat

Updated 8:05 pm: Scroll down to see list of prizes to be given away during #CampusChat tonight! WHAT:  Our weekly #CampusChat will feature guests from past chats and long-time supporters. This group includes experts in a wide variety of topics related to going to college, college life and beyond. Not only will they share their very best back to school tips, they will offer prizes, promos, and other super opportunities.  Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter or your favorite social network. If you've got a question about visiting colleges, applying to college, paying for college, internships, extracurricular activities, career planning…you name it — we've got it covered.   Ask your question here using the Comment function.  To put your name in the hat for our prize drawings, simply enter your Twitter id in the Comments to RSVP. You only need to RSVP once to enter.  WHEN: Wednesday night on Twitter: 9PM Eastern, 8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific WHERE: On Twitter. Use the hashtag "#CampusChat" to participate ************************THE PRIZES!**************************************** This list of give-aways includes resources and services to help throughout the life of a college student. Here are just a few of the prizes we'll give away: Get into college:  10 copies of Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions and Financial Aid in the Digital Age 30 Minutes of Free Consult for any rising senior from Jeannie Borin, founder of College-Connections A 1-year subscription to Word-Nerd – SAT/ACT Test Prep Vocab Skill Builder  a $69 value! A copy of What Color is Your Parachute for Teens by Carol Chirsten (@Parachute4Teens) $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble by Eric Clark, founder of Quincy Tutoring “Parents Countdown to College Crash Course”  about the college admissions process from @SuzanneShaffer (avail in Sept) Stay fit while in college: a FitKitDORM and a free one year membership to the FitKitCLUB – $50 value from www.FitKit.com. Plan your career while in college: A one-hour mentor call for students interested in finding the right internship with Mark Babbitt, founder of YouTern, a college internship matching and counseling service. The call can be used to discuss career goals, mentorship, entrepreneurial aspirations – whatever the student would like to focus on. ...

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Smart Learning at University of Rochester

By Lisa Campbell Warren Dream it, do it! KEY Program Jumpstarts Enterprising Students “If you can dream it, you can do it,” Walt Disney said famously. What he said next is worth noting too: “Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.” Substitute “an undergraduate student with a great idea” for “a mouse” to describe the principle behind the University of Rochester’s Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year program. Within a supportive framework that provides expert advising, skill-and-knowledge-building course work, and up to a year of tuition-free enrollment, KEY (or “Kauffman”) scholars pursue the transformation of their dreams.  For example: ArtAwake  ArtAwake was born of the combined passion of a group of students for urban exploring, community, and the arts.  Working with the university’s student activity office to get approval and support, the group started an above-board* UE club, with an architectural photography bent. [*Above-board means members request permission to explore private property.] The club quickly became popular, and its founders “wanted to do something bigger that would involve and touch more people,” explained Zach Kozick, physics major and co-founder of ArtAwake. Thus, the idea was born to create a student-run arts-and-music festival, housed in an abandoned urban space in downtown Rochester. Acceptance to the KEY program allowed the founding partners to work together to achieve their dream of annually transforming a different space into a gallery and music/performance venue. The project successfully united the university community with the general public, while creating the foundation, structure, and organizational model to continue and improve the festival year after year. Our Trash is UR Treasure  With her “Our Trash is UR Treasure” project, Katie Maloney is developing a safe, clean, efficient method of making liquid soap from the by-products of environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel formulation. Said Katie, “I had been thinking about working on soap production during my undergrad, but I never had enough time to devote to the project, so KEY was the perfect chance to do it.”  Working independently, Katie keeps in contact with a biodiesel team on campus and a chemical engineering senior design team that is pursuing a similar project.  “It’s encouraging to see how active entrepreneurship is on this campus,” she said.  The biomedical engineering student plans to enroll in grad school next fall.  “I’m not sure if entrepreneurship will directly be incorporated into my plans,” she said, “but I will definitely use the skills I have learned to my advantage.” Creating value  The process of developing entrepreneurial ideas into “for-profit” or “not-for-profit” ventures that will create economic, social or intellectual value is what it’s all about, according to Professor Robert Tobin, associate director of the UR Center for...

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