8 of the Best Colleges Event

Are you free on Sunday, May 18th?  If you are, you may want to take a ride to the Boston Marriott in Burlington to attend the 8 of the Best Colleges Event!

The following schools will be represented:

Information on each of these highly selective colleges as well as admission and financial aid will be presented.  If there is an interest in any of these schools, attending the event is definitely worth while!

To register or for more information, visit 8ofthebestcolleges.org!



50 States, 50 Colleges: Texas

College in the Spotlight: Southwestern University

Location: Georgetown, Texas – located just north of Austin

Size: 1,536 students

  • Within 10 months following graduation, 91% of students find employment or continue their education.
  • The university was ranked #7 by Princeton Review for best Career Services in the nation.
Cullen Building

Cullen Building

  • Pirate Bikes is the university’s bike share program.  Bikes can be found outside of residents halls, the parking lot, or library.  If you need to get to a place on campus quickly, just grab a bike and leave it at your destination.  The next person who needs a ride can grab it and go!
southwestern pirates


  • 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports are offered.
  • There is so much to do on or around campus!  Friday Night Live gives students the opportunity to see a comedian, take part in karaoke, see a hypnotist, or listen to a band.  If you want to get off campus, you can head into Austin for numerous activities and events.
  • If you love animals you can join the Animal Behavior Society.  Love to be outside?  Contribute to the Southwestern Community Garden.  These are just a couple of examples of the numerous clubs/organizations you can join.
  • The King Creativity Fund awards grants to students who want to turn their ideas into a reality.  The themes of the proposals range from art, theater, science, and charity.

For more information, visit http://www.southwestern.edu

Major Monday: English

In our last Major Monday post, Mrs. Ducharme wrote about her own college major (psychology…read about it here!).  I decided to follow her example by writing about my own major in this post, and how I came to choose it.  This entry tells of my experience as an English major!  Hopefully it speaks to those of you who are considering English, and provides a little inspiration to those of you who are still undecided.

English was not my first major, nor was it my second.  First came psychology, then art.  Neither major really fit me, though.  Both subjects interested me, but I wasn’t passionate about either one of them.  English should have jumped out to me as a obvious choice for a major since I always loved to read and write, but it didn’t.  How come?  I didn’t realize all the job possibilities out there for English majors.  True, a prospective employee may not care that you read The Canterbury Tales in its original Middle English text, but he or she will certainly appreciate your ability to analyze important documents and write well.  The possibilities for what you can do are limitless.

My English major led me down a path that included reading for hours in the library, visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, seeing plays at The Globe Theatre in London, and being invited to write a 40-page thesis on a topic of my choice.  I loved every minute of it (well, almost!).  So, my advice to students who are undecided on a major would be to study what you love.  It will lead you somewhere!  When I decided that I wanted to go to graduate school to become a guidance counselor, I wondered if I’d wasted my time studying English.  Shouldn’t I have stuck with psychology?  It turned out that my coursework in English lent itself well to the counseling field.  For four years, I had been studying characters, stories, and looking for themes – things that a counselor does on a daily basis!

Most colleges offer an English major, but you should check to see if their programs match your areas of interest.  Here are a few schools that offer the major:  Gettysburg College (my alma-mater! Gettysburg, PA), Brown University (Providence, RI), Boston University (Boston, MA), Kenyon College (Gambier, OH), University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA), Amherst College (Amherst, MA).

To learn more about majoring in English, check out https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors/english-language-literature-english