Here’s a summary of important articles from the week of 2/22/15 that may give you more insight into the world of college life, admissions, financing, and parenting.
The R2C Takeaway: The competition to score a non-paying summer internship is fierce, but statistics have proven that upon graduation, those who toiled away for no pay, fared as well (or as poorly) in getting a job offer as those who had no internships at all.
The R2C Takeaway: Last year Stacie Starr was the #1 finalist in 2014’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” ‘Top Teacher’ award, this year she is resigning from teaching. Her major complaint: “I can’t do it anymore, not in this ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’ atmosphere. I don’t think anyone understands that in this environment if your child cannot quickly grasp material, study like a robot and pass all of these tests, they will not survive.”
The R2C Takeaway:Financial aid policies vary significantly from college to college, especially at the top 25 wealthiest colleges. Some schools are need blind across the board, some are need blind to certain populations of students, and some are need aware. The word “financial aid” is interpreted differently at schools – some include loans in their financial need offer, while others expect a certain amount of money will be earned through work study positions, which students may have to find on their own. Bottom line is to really understand the financial aid policy at whatever school your child is potentially interested and READ THE FINE PRINT.
The R2C Takeaway: Finding out about a college via the Internet or through brochures does not compare to an up close and in-person visit. And if you are going to make that kind of time and money investment, you should carefully plan what to do before you go, while you’re there, and after you come home. Write down questions before, take photos while you’re there, and send thank you notes once you get home.
The R2C Takeaway: Getting a job after college shouldn’t be your only reason to attend, but it certainly is one of the most important ones. So, being armed with the knowledge that grads with degrees in agriculture, mining, teaching and medicine are in high demand would be helpful. Regardless, those with any sort of college diploma fare much better in the work world than those who do not.
The R2C Takeaway:Parents who fear that their first-year college students will be experiencing a life akin to what they saw in “Animal House” can relax…sort of. Among other things, the results of a report released by researchers at UCLA revealed that these students were more depressed, less apt to practice an organized religion, and less apt to be wildly running around campus in togas, drinking mead (or beer).
The R2C Takeaway: A practice known as “front loading” is what some colleges do when they dangle the most generous financial aid offers in front of high school seniors as a lure to attend, and then pull back on those offers once these same students return as sophomores and onward. Families receiving college financial aid offers this spring should beware and do some investigating.