The AU Gap Program allows students taking a gap year of gap semester to work at an internship in DC three full days a week while living on campus and taking a college seminar in International Affairs. Internships are available in politics, journalism, business, tech, social justice, environmental advocacy and more. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit the following supplemental items electronically or via mail: High school transcript(s), A recommendation from your high school academic counselor or teacher, A recommendation from an extracurricular or community contact. Once the required documents are received, applications are submitted to the admissions committee for review and students may be contacted for a phone interview. The Deadline for applying for spring semester is November 15, 2019.
Read the advice to graduates of U Wisconsin from JJ Watt This applies to all of us, from Boomers to current students.
Here’s more advice from Oprah to the Gradates of Colorado College, 2019.
This year’s Princeton graduates heard from Ellie Kemper.
Success is both more and less than you think. Enjoy!
Correct Way To Talk About Your Experience Carniol
|“I have 20 years of experience in…”|
|This is a phrase that means so much to you, your friends, your colleagues, and anyone else who understands the value of what you have to offer.|
|And it should — because 20 years is a long time.|
|Frankly, if you’relike many of the folks who read my Daily Success Boost newsletters, then, during those 20 years, you have amassed an incalculable amount of knowledge, specialist know-how, and hard-earned wisdom.|
|So, the words “20 years of experience” ought to have gravity.|
|Here’s the thing, though:|
| For an interviewer, or anyone else who doesn’t know you and doesn’t |
understand thekind of conscientiousness your pour into your work, these words simply don’t mean a hoot. They have become meaningless.
|Because they are thrown around by just about every mature candidate.|
|You need to give these words meaning, by spelling out in concrete terms why your experience makes you a superior candidate.|
|And there are three steps to doing this right:|
|First — You need to understand what the hiring manager is looking for in their dream candidate. What will he or she be expected to bring to the table?|
| Second — You need to sit down with a pen and paper, and make a list of all the tangible and intangible wins, achievements, and learning experiences that you racked up during all these years. Why is your experience |
|Third — You need to put these two things together, and find specific wins, achievements, and learning experiences that demonstrate why hiring managers should see your experience as the valuable asset it is.|
|When you take the time to do this, then rather than saying, “I have 20 years of experience”, you can say something like the following instead:|
|“During the last 20 years, I have led teams through three separate mergers. While it is often a difficult time for everyone involved, I know from experience how to deal with many of the ‘people’ problems that are often overlooked, and make the transition as smooth as humanly possible for everyone.”|
|* * *|
|Now, if this seems like a difficult idea to apply in your particular field or career circumstances, don’t be dismayed. It’s probably easier than you think.|
| If you need help implementing Alan’s suggestions, lets take an hour to |
go through the steps together. Be prepared the first time and every time you interview for a new job, a new role or a promotion.
|Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-212-6679|
OK, so you applied, did your best to make your application stand out and none of your favorite colleges sent you a “Come on down!”. Don’t worry, there are many colleges that didn’t fill all the seats and beds. These are great institutions, some in your back yard, some across the country.
Here’s the link to finding just the right place to start your college career.
Best of luck!
Posted on Quora 4/16/19
They have their reasons.
A few years ago Dartmouth did a study. They gave incoming students (who had taken AP psychology and got a 5 on the exam) a test to see how much they knew. At the same time they gave students who did not have AP psychology the same test. The students who had taken AP psychology and who had done quite well on the AP exam did no better on this assessment than the students who did not take AP Psychology.
They stopped accepting AP courses for college credit. Most elite universities are skeptical in this realm. They like to see their applicants have some AP course work because then they know that the student is prepared for college level work. But they prefer their students to take the basic courses at their college. Giving away Courses does them no favors and offers them no advantage. They do not need to negotiate this so usually they don’t.
Two of my own kids had taken AP micro and macro and did well on the exams. Their Ivy League college had no interest in awarding credit for this coursework, but, more importantly, according to my kids, that was a very good thing. Most of what they learned in these AP classes in high school was covered in the first six weeks of their college class. After that, the material was new. What they learned in the AP courses in high school was very inadequate when compared to what was covered in their actual college course for this subject.
Hope this helps –
Note added: This answer assumes the questioner wants to know why elite universities do not accept APs for credit, allowing the student to take fewer courses and pay less tuition. They don’t care very much about saving you money and they strongly prefer that you take the courses at their school. You might get to skip a class (without any tuition adjustment) and this may or may not be advisable.
There are no wrong choices, only different ones!
Its decision time. Colleges have notified the students they have admitted, or will in the next few days. The wait has seemed endless and everyone wants to have the decision and deposit made.
Here is some ammunition to support your need to make a good choice without second guessing, anxiety or fear of making the wrong pick.
First, know that the college doesn’t educate you, you do that for yourself. Dedicate yourself to learning all that you can and to acquiring the skills employers want regardless of your college or major.
Remember that very few students, even those who know which career they want to prepare for actually graduate in the major they declare on their application. There are so many more options that will grad your attention than you can imagine now. You may end up in a completely different field of study than the one you are passionate about today.
Second, college is about growing and exploring yourself and the world. That you will change over the next four years is inevitable; you would change if you sat at home watching Netflix. You can’t predict who you will meet or how they will affect you. New directions will present themselves for your perusal through the friendships and professors on your campus. This will happen where ever you go. Don’t waste time trying to figure out if one set of people will be “better” than another. Your willingness to engage is what matters.
Third, you chose to apply to this set of colleges for specific reasons. Those reasons are still valid. Visit the schools that chose you over many others to see how you feel about each one. You will adapt to the college you attend and you will change that institution by being part of the campus. Take a deep breath and know that your choice will be the right one. Don’t look back, keep moving forward!
Some colleges don’t care a fig whether you come for a visit and others want to see your face if at all possible. Most colleges track the interest you show in their campus and among those that do, quite a few add or subtract points when evaluating your application.
Its a good idea to perform, DI, Demonstrated Interest, in the colleges where you will, or have already applied. Its never too late to show an admissions office how much you care.
- Follow their teams and send kudos for victories or express disappointment at loses.
- Follow the college on social media, Yes, this will show all of them which colleges you are interested in so come up with a plan that highlights the top of your list, at least until the early decisions have been rendered.
- Use email to stay in touch with the admissions office. Congratulations are in order for the hiring of an influential professor, National Science Foundation grants, a new president, or anything else new and exciting on campus (like breaking ground for a new building). It shows you are paying attention!
- Update your application with an email explaining a new award, project, successful research paper, sports success, new job, travel opportunity, etc.
- Ask questions! Ask about anything that isn’t on the college website. Does the cafeteria buy locally? Who sponsors intramural tournaments? Can you have your own locker in the rec center? Are there hours during which you can’t practice your tuba in the dorm?
- BONUS: GO VISIT! See the campus at least once before submitting your application and again before a decision is rendered if you live within reasonable driving distance.
Applications from students who have no history with the university are called stealth applications. Typically, they are given less weight under the assumption that the student isn’t particularly interested in coming. The admissions office is charged with filling seats and beds and will choose students who are more likely to deposit if admitted.
Go forth and communicate! Its not too early or too late!
I’m passing on to you information about taking the SAT and ACT from Jed Applerouth, owner of Applerouth Tutoring, one of the top standardized test prep companies.
Applerouth advises students to wait until Junior year to test unless scores are needed by recruited athletes or for dual enrollment (to take college courses while in high school). Students who are taking Algebra 2 or who aren’t strong readers should wait until spring of their junior year.
Applerouth did a retrospective study on students clients who had already graduated to determine whether there was a significant change in the scores of students who took the ACT or SAT only in their junior year and those who took either test again in their senior year. The results between the 2 groups was nearly identical. The conclusion is that waiting until senior year to re-take the test does not create an advantage.
What did make a difference was the number of times a student took either test. The greatest gains were made by students who took the test 3 times. The third test showed an average gain of almost 50 points on the SAT and 1.4 points on the ACT over the first test.
As you plan when take standardized tests, consider also if you will need to take AP tests or SAT II tests. Choose times when you won’t be overwhelmed by classroom assignments or when you will need to take multiple tests on the same day.
Notes On Prepping The SAT
Over the last few testing dates there have been issues with the actual test questions and with the curve that left many students confused and fuming over their math scores. College Board is no longer affiliated with Educational Testing Service which used to design and calibrate the questions on the SAT leading to a wider than expected variation in the difficulty of recent tests.
Easier tests mean that more students do well, raising the number of correct answers needed to score in the upper ranges of the curve. In early 2017 ,47 or 48 correct answers out of 58 were needed to score 700. In June 2018 it took 54 out of 58 to reach the same score because testers answered more questions correctly, raising the curve.
Additionally, changes in the test itself are not reflected in the test prep materials from College Board. A student who uses these materials may feel prepared to score well when in actuality, the questions on the test aren’t reflected by the prep questions. A better way to prep is to get from College Board Question and Answer Service a copy of the October, March or May test which is a current and calibrated test similar to the test they will be taking. I’d suggest the October 2018 test or after March, getting the March test.
Or, Take the ACT which at the moment isn’t experiencing these difficulties.
You have lots to think about. Lets get to ether to talk about your testing plan.
This question keeps popping up. Below I’ve copied answers from experts who regularly answer questions on Quora. Here’s what they have to say.
Douglas Duncan Pickard, I went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Twice.
[Why?] Because the SAT (and ACT) loosely correlate to freshman year GPA, therefore providing some assurance that the students won’t fail out right away.
Ok, that’s not the real reason. The real reason is because it provides a standardized test that all the prospective students take, so you are comparing “apples to apples” across all the applications. That helps with admissions decisions because GPA alone does not tell you much since education standards vary so much school to school.
Ok, that’s not the real reason either. The REAL real reason is that college rankings consider the average SAT score of admitted students. The higher it is the more it helps the schools rankings. It’s yet another way to keep score.
Gabriel J Ferrer Professor of Computer Science, Hendrix College
In my work as the chair of our college’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department, we have long made use of ACT Math scores as guidance in the placement process for entering students.
Generally speaking, a 28 or higher strongly predicts success in the Calculus sequence. A 24-27 also predicts success, but to a lesser degree.
A score below 24 predicts trouble. Viewed both at an abstract level as well as anecdotally in terms of instructor experience, such a score suggests poor algebra skills.
These predictions are not absolute, of course, and there are a number of students who manage to succeed in spite of low scores. But by and large, we have found ACT scores to be an excellent tool.
The most useful advice I can suggest is for high school students to work hard on mastering their algebra skills, and to some
The Gold Commitment
Liberal Arts graduates in fact do get jobs. Already, 95% of Depauw students have meaningful jobs or admission to graduate programs within 6 months of commencement. The Gold Commitment promises that anyone not having a job will be offered one with the university or its affiliates or an additional 6 months of education free.
Here’s the link to the article in Inside Higher Education.