Monday, February 25, 2019

Opportunities Abound To Have A Productive Summer

Students looking to have an academically productive summer have limitless opportunities.  They can apply to programs at any of the Ivy League colleges and universities, immerse themselves in educationally oriented volunteer programs worldwide, or attend courses at local colleges that focus on specific subjects that they may want to pursue in college.

Choosing to attend a New Jersey based program is often less costly for students, as travel costs are minimal and students can often live at home. The range of NJ colleges hosting academic programs is large, as is the choice of subject matter.

The College of New Jersey offers several summer programs, including “Create Your Business – Business Simulation Academy for Business and Entrepreneurship,” “Natural Science Investigations Academy for Science, Career and Research Exploration,” and “Vitalities: A Summer Academy for the Exploration of Health Professions.” Students interact with college faculty and explore a variety of career opportunities.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Networking at Upcoming New Jersey College Fairs

Where should students start the information gathering process in their search to find the perfect college? The answer may be very close to home. 

Hillsborough High School is hosting its 13th Annual College Fair on Wednesday, March 20th, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Representatives from over 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and the military will be hosting tables filled with materials, and will be available to answer individual questions on any college-related topic.  Preceding the College Fair will be a Financial Aid Presentation from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Two weeks later, on Tuesday, April 2nd, Mercer County Community College will hold a similar fair from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The True Story about College Board’s SAT “Curve

On the national news this past summer, students were televised protesting their SAT scores. They didn’t feel they had been graded fairly on the June 2018 SAT exam and they called on everyone from Donald Trump to Ellen DeGeneres to intercede on their behalf. In looking back on their scores, in comparison to those of students who performed in a similar manner on other SAT exams, the power of the SAT curve is undeniable.

Twins who took different SAT exams reported that one sibling got five math questions wrong on the March 2018 exam and earned a score of 760.  Her sister missed six math questions on the June 2018 exam and earned a score of 670.  The question raised was, “How can one wrong answer result in a score 90 points lower?”

Monday, February 4, 2019

College Majors Prepare Students for Dream Careers

College-bound students, envisioning their future careers, might want to think beyond the traditional jobs of doctor, engineer, lawyer, teacher, and business executive.  A bit of research will reveal some college majors that students may truly find enticing.

“Computer Integrated Surgery,” offered at John Hopkins University, prepares students to utilize computer science to aid surgeons in meeting the growing demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures.

The nation’s first bachelor’s degree in “Artificial Intelligence” is in its very first year at Carnegie Mellon University and includes courses in computational biology, speech recognition and machine learning.