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ARTICLE: There's a scholarship out there waiting for you

By Martha Ravits for The Register-Guard

The end of February marks the close of the application season for four-year colleges and pushes into high gear the search for scholarship money to make attending college possible. As college costs soar, the search for scholarship and grant money becomes ever more urgent.

Since higher education is one of the greatest democratizing forces in our country, students of all backgrounds should persevere in trying to find money to make college affordable. Those who expend effort in their scholarship search in the coming months will reap benefits for next fall. ...
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ARTICLE: Writing, and rewriting, your way into college

By Martha Ravits for The Register-Guard

“Share a story about your background, identity, interest or a talent.” Or: “Recount a time you experienced failure and explain what you learned from the experience.” Limit your answer to 650 words.

These are instructions from this year’s Common Application for writing a college admissions essay. Seniors applying to college are currently working on these or similarly broad topics for January deadlines. Their grades for the beginning of senior year are in, their GPAs have been calculated, and their SAT or ACT test scores have been sent to admissions offices. The only way left for them to distinguish themselves is the college essay, the last part of the admissions process under their control. ...
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ARTICLE: College admissions changes helpful

By Martha Ravits for The Register-Guard

With the start of school, many high-school seniors and their parents are starting to think about applying to colleges. For those considering four-year colleges, changes this year on three fronts should help them navigate the admissions process and gain access to affordable higher education: a new application portal, test changes and revisions to financial aid forms.

These changes are intended to promote fairness, to make it easier for students from all backgrounds to apply to colleges based on their academic goals rather than their economic worries, and then to help students obtain the financial aid they need.

It can be difficult for teenagers and parents to weigh the prospect of bills that may top $240,000 for four years of college (with debt to follow) against the benefits of a career based on a college degree. But for students with what’s called “demonstrated financial need,” higher education costs can be very different from the advertised tuition — especially at four-year colleges and universities that offer scholarships based on both economic need and academic merit. ...
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ARTICLE: Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say.

Some newly minted college graduates struggle to find work. Others accept jobs for which they feel overqualified. Student debt, meanwhile, has topped $1 trillion.

It’s enough to create a wave of questions about whether a college education is still worth it.

A new set of income statistics answers those questions quite clearly: Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close. For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable.
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ARTICLE: They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., admissions officers are still talking about the high school senior who attended a campus information session last year for prospective students. Throughout the presentation, she apparently posted disparaging comments on Twitter about her fellow attendees, repeatedly using a common expletive.

Perhaps she hadn’t realized that colleges keep track of their social media mentions. ...
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ARTICLE: Rankings Are Problematic

When US News & World Report debuted its list of “America’s Best Colleges” nearly 30 years ago, the magazine hoped its college rankings would be a game-changer for students and families. But arguably, they’ve had a much bigger effect on colleges themselves. ...
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ARTICLE: News on Study Habits

A recent headline caught my eye: "Psychologists have discovered that some of
the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong. " It's always good to
be shaken up, so here's the news: Empirical studies in neuroscience dispel some
old myths. ...

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ARTICLE: Imagination in Learning

Whole grains, whole foods, whole screen. Whole brain? It turns out that the
notion of a compartmentalized, divided brain-- with the left hemisphere used for
logic, math, reading and reasoning and the right hemisphere used for the
emotions, spatial perception, art and creativity has been exaggerated. ...

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