Those were the days…

We were young, 15 maybe? and thus had little idea of the concepts of mortality and moderation. Young and in our rebellious stage, we were a steadfast band jokingly referred to by friends and classmates as The Three Musketeers; I’m sure our teachers and enemies had less-friendly names for us than that.

I was the dark one, the sole brunette–when it came to an argument, they’d usually side against me in a show of blonde solidarity, but then I would remind them who ranked highest (it was always the girl with the biggest cup size–and my C’s outranked both their A’s put together), and they gave in. I provided the bank and the ideas, the excuses and the plans. I had the outfits and the easy access and made liberal use of them all.

Janet was the bitch, the dirty-blonde, always cool and using her surprising intellect and mile-long legs to intimidate. During the week, we’d usually head to her house after school; it had the best munchies and biggest t.v., and a lock on the basement door when her kid brother got out of hand. She was the one we’d send into the convenience store to buy cigarettes; she’s the one with the laser stare.…

Surviving the Dorms…

Have you ever tried to do that thing where you pat your head with one hand, and rub circles on your chest with your other hand? It’s kind of hard, not impossible, but hard. I think it’s challenging because one action is distracting you from doing another action. Sound familiar? Living in the dorms and doing well in school isn’t much different.

I think living in a dorm is something that every college student should do for at least one year. It is a great way to experience college as an underclassman, and it presents you with several opportunities that you probably wouldn’t get anywhere else. But there are few things that you should know and remember.

1. Go to class – There WILL be mornings where you literally wake up and don’t feel like moving. It will be 9 am or earlier, you can’t find your shoes, and your backpack is hanging from the ceiling fan. This may sound like a terrific opportunity to sleep in and watch reruns of The Price is Right, but you really should just get up and go to class. It becomes easy to take a few classes off here and there, but it will benefit you to try to make EVERY class.…

What do Study-Abroad-Beijing Programs Really Have to Offer?

A great many people, not just the younger ones, are attracted to the idea of studying abroad. While some set their sights on the countries of Europe more adventurous souls are beginning to look a little further afield for their foreign educational experience. One of the destinations gaining popularity all the time to study abroad, Beijing is a perfect example.

Why Study Abroad in Beijing?

Beijing is possibly China’s most vibrant and modern city, set as it is to be a major financial center in the 21st century. For those interested in pursuing a career in the financial world a study abroad Beijing program offers an insight into the way that modern China is doing business with the rest of the world. All around the city new buildings are springing up as Beijing positions itself to take a larger role on the world stage.

Despite the fact that it has become so very modern, Beijing still offers foreigners an amazing and unprecedented look into life in Asia thousands of years ago. For those whose interests gravitate toward the historical a study abroad, Beijing program goes beyond fascinating.…

Stop, Pause, and Reflect

It’s almost December already and I’m trying to figure out where my year has gone. It sucks that even now, at the end, I can only pick out a few highlights of my year. I don’t want to go into detail, but this is just a short list.

1. I managed to be a bit more social which was last years resolution. I still don’t go out that much but I’m making progress. I realized I’ve missed out on a lot of things and that living a life, is life.

2. Kept my word. Okay, for the most part, when I said I was going to do something, I did in fact do it. And that I’m proud of. Maybe the procrastination stuck around, but things got done.…

EPGY Stanford – An Accredited Online High school for Gifted Students

There are a growing number of schools that can be considered an accredited online high school and many of them are very good. They offer students that did not do so well at a traditional school a chance to get their high school diploma. There is one accredited online high school that is a little different though. Firstly, the EPGY Online High School is actually aimed at gifted and talented students and secondly, it is based at, and run by, the prestigious Stanford University.

Who Would Attend EPGY Accredited Online High School?

Given the vast size and often limited resources available at public high schools, it is just as easy for a gifted student to get lost and not fulfill their real potential as it is for a student who struggles academically. Often teachers do not have the time to help talented students grow even further as they have to focus their attention on others not doing so well.…

Two-year schools aim high

They’re giving honors students a boost to big-name colleges

Alex Almanza, whose 4.75 GPA put him in the top 5% of his high school class, could have gone to one of several state universities, including the University of Florida. But the offer from Miami-Dade Community College was too good to refuse: Free tuition, fees, and books, plus a chance to transfer later to a prestigious institution like Georgetown or New York University.

“I decided to risk it,” says Almanza, 18, an accounting major who just finished his freshman year. “I have a shot at going somewhere better, a step beyond a state school.”

Community colleges have long been the gateway to a bachelor’s degree, particularly for those who aren’t quite ready for the rigor of a traditional undergraduate education. But more and more, two-year institutions are serving as launching pads for the best and brightest, luring students like Almanza with merit scholarships, intensive academic programs and the potential to be discovered by a big-name school.…