50 States, 50 Colleges – Alabama

Once again, it’s been a while since we did a 50 States, 50 Colleges.  We are in the midst of early application season and out of the over 92 colleges we’ve sent transcripts to so far, none have been Alabama-bound!  Maybe once you learn about our spotlight college, you’ll be ready to head south : )

College in the Spotlight:  Auburn University

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Location:  Auburn, AL (located 1.5 hours away from Atlanta)

Enrollment:  25,912 students

Fast Facts

As I gathered information for this post, it felt like I was going to be writing about a resort.  My notes page was full before I even got to academic programs (more on those later)!  Let’s start with food.  By my count, there are 38 dining options on campus, including Starbucks, a Chick-fil-A, and a Denny’s that never closes.  Included in that count are 7 food trucks.  The Recreation and Wellness Center can help you burn off some of the calories that come with having so many options!  The rec center features an indoor track, a virtual golf simulator, a zipline, rock-climbing walls, and a 40-person hot tub!

Now that I’ve gotten food out of the way, let’s talk about academics!  There are more than 140 majors to choose from at Auburn, ranging from Architecture to Wildlife Sciences.  Among distinction are: The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences (recognized as #1 in the world), Wireless Engineering (the nation’s first and only bachelor’s degree program in this area), and Pharmacy (students have logged over 2,500 community service hours by volunteering at area health fairs, screenings, and outreach events).

According to this US News and World Report article, the college with the highest tuition in Massachusetts is Amherst College at $52,476.  Sure, Auburn is far away, and you will be an out-of-state student, but is it ever a bargain at $28,040 per year.   Students who have a  GPA of 3.5 or above and high test scores can qualify for scholarships, which will make that tuition bill even smaller!

School spirit is huge at Auburn, and there’s no better place to see it than at a football game.  Game day for the DI Tigers involves many traditions.  One of the three eagles that reside at Auburn takes a pre-game flight, soaring around the stadium before landing in the middle of the field.  Aubie the Tiger is their much-loved mascot and has won multiple national titles for best college mascot.  How does Auburn celebrate a win?  Fans take toilet paper rolls and “roll” Toomer’s Corner, a street corner in downtown Auburn.

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Even with such a huge student population, Auburn is described as a family.  “Hey Day” is a tradition where name tags are handed out to all community members and everyone is encouraged to greet one another by name as they go about their day.  This year’s Hey Day took place in October – follow this link to see a video!

For more info on Auburn, visit http://www.auburn.edu

 

 

Looking Back – Ms. Falardeau

LCHS’s art teacher, Ms. Falardeau, shares her high school memories and experiences with us this week!

 

Ms. Falardeau and her mom before the prom!

Ms. Falardeau and her mom before the prom!

High School: Chelmsford High School (Chelmsford, MA)
Extra-curriculars: Dance – tap, jazz, lyrical, competition, performance. Singing lessons. I also worked at Mrs. Nelson’s Candy House

 

What were you like in high school? I was quiet, but not shy and I floated between a few friend groups. Academics came really easily to me because I have such a good visual memory, subsequently I didn’t try very hard. I was most drawn to art (pun intended), because it challenged my brain on a more conceptual level than most other classes did.

 

High School Memory: I had been looking at colleges in Massachusetts (MassArt, Endicott), and I got home after a tour and my brother asked if I liked it and I said it was okay, then he asked me a question that would change my college search immediately, “Do you want to walk to school in the snow?” Without hesitation I responded, “No.” That is when I started looking south and found Savannah College of Art and Design. I was fortunate enough to be able to fly down to tour the school and fell in love before I even left the airport. The deal was sealed and it was actually the ONLY college I applied to (which I don’t recommend to anyone, as it is too stressful to wait for their response).

 

Thank you Ms. Falardeau!

6th Annual LC College Fair

October 19th marked Lowell Catholic’s 6th and largest college fair!  53 colleges and universities were on hand to answer questions from our eager students.

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Seniors, juniors, and even some sophomores spoke to admissions reps from schools such as Providence College, University of New England, Catholic University of America, and Sacred Heart University.

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The college fair is a unique opportunity for our students because they are able to get some one on one time with the representatives.  Wentworth Institute of Technology, Lasell  College, Emmanuel College, and Bryant University spoke to the students about different programs, what to expect on campus, and how to apply.

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The goal of this college fair is to give our students time to think ahead regarding college plans, learn about a school or program they may have not been familiar with, or to connect one more time with a school they are interested in.  We have found that the growth of the college fair over the past six years demonstrates the success of this day.  We look forward to seeing how it will grow for our 7th year!