College Search Academy

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Assumption College is hosting a “College Search Academy” on Friday, August 1, 2014.¬† This program is designed¬†to prepare¬†rising juniors and their families for the college search process.¬† Hear from Admissions Deans and Directors from Assumption College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, WPI, Worcester State University, and high school guidance counselors.¬† Current college students will also be on hand to answer questions!

Juniors and their families will have a chance to get advice on how to search for and apply to your top-choice schools, and hear some tips on the financial aid process.¬† You’ll get to tour and enjoy lunch at Assumption College, and then visit some other locals colleges in the afternoon.

To participate, register here, or call 1-866-477-7776.

50 Colleges, 50 States: Michigan

For today’s 50 Colleges, 50 States post, we head to Michigan!¬† I had a hard time choosing just one school to spotlight – with over 90 colleges and universities, Michigan is a great destination for higher education.

College In The Spotlight:  Kalamazoo College

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Location:  Kalamazoo, MI (140 miles from both Detroit and Chicago)

Enrollment:  1450 undergrads

Fast Facts

– The academic program at Kalamazoo College is known as the “K-Plan”.¬† The plan emphasizes experiential learning, and involves several components.¬† Students have quite a bit of freedom to choose classes relating to their passions.¬† While they take classes towards their major, they are encouraged to also explore different fields.¬† Yearly seminars, internships, and study abroad experiences all lead up to the Senior Individualized Project.¬† This requirement gives students a chance to do independent research on a topic of interest.

– Speaking of study abroad, Kalamazoo (also known to students as “K College” or just “K”), has been recognized as having one of the best programs in the nation.¬† A staggering 85% of the students study abroad or “study away” at a location in North America.¬† Programs send students around the world, both on and off the beaten path.¬† You can study creative writing in Scotland, environmental studies in Ecuador, and Middle Eastern history and politics in Jerusalem.¬† Click here to check out all the options!

– K College often appears on college ranking lists.¬† U.S. News and World Report has recognized the school as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation, and has been named as one of the Colleges that Change Lives.¬† The Fiske Guide to Colleges lists Kalamazoo as one of the 44 “Best Buy” schools.¬† They’ve also been recognized for having a large percentage of graduates¬† go on to earn a Ph.D.

– In my last 50 Colleges, 50 States post, I wrote about Rollins College and their Fox Day tradition where class is canceled and students get to enjoy the beautiful weather.¬† Kalamazoo has a similar tradition which they call a “Day of Gracious Living.”¬† Around the same time each year, the administration cancels classes and busses students to nearby Lake Michigan for a day at the beach!¬† The day is announced by the ringing of the Chapel Bells.

– The Kalamazoo College Hornets compete in NCAA Division III Athletics.¬† The hornet mascot was adopted in 1923 when everyone seemed to be “buzzing” about the success of the football team.¬† The men’s tennis team has won an incredible 75 consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships.

All information taken from the Kalamazoo College website (www.kzoo.edu).  Visit it for more information!

 

 

Prepare for a successful career by gaining internship experience

This past winter, the guidance department held the First Annual Lunch with Alumni event. Completing internships while in college was emphasized by a few of the returning graduates. This blog post is a great description of the benefits of doing an internship!

Education Empowers

Kate T  Headshot 2Our guest blogger this week is Kate Tindall. Kate is a student at Iowa State University where she is working to earn degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science, with a minor in Economics. She currently serves as a production intern for the City of Ames, Channel 12. This past year, Kate also served as an intern for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. 

Warning: The following statement will look repetitive … An internship prepares you for a job, helps you gain business connections and looks great on a résumé.

Yes, those are valid reasons for finding and accepting an internship. Of course, if you’re accepting an internship SOLELY because it beefs up your résumé, you might question how much you will get out of that experience. But those reasons are both overused and a bit misleading.

I wanted an internship because I wanted my…

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