The Takeaway Wk of 7/26

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Here’s a summary of important articles from the past week that may give you more insight into the world of college life, admissions, financing, and parenting. 

 

RoadShould You Use the College Board Search Tool to Research Colleges?
The R2C Takeaway:  In the third in our series of reviews, Big Future by The College is scrutinized, and on the positive side, because it is the company that makes and administers the AP test, ” it is your best option, beside the school itself, for information on AP or CLEP credit.”  The main thing to keep in mind is that “some college search tools have a plethora of worthwhile information which can really help a student create a thorough list of both academically and financially appropriate schools.” Others are merely underhandedly “capturing student information and reselling it to companies (and colleges) wanting to sell products, services, and applications to students.”

7 College Prep Myths – Busted!
The R2C Takeaway: “Many parents mistakenly believe that the path to college began on the first day of ninth grade and ended when a student graduated from high school.  In actuality, the college preparation process begins in eighth grade, with the bulk of it needing to be completed by the end of a student’s junior year.”  Other myths have to do with summer activities, senior year goof-off time, and why college prep is just for the kids.

Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection
The R2C Takeaway: “Anxiety and depression, in that order, are now the most common mental health diagnoses among college students, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State.” The expectations of their school, their parents, and their peers contribute to the anxiety and depression these students are suffering from. Intervention, vigilant friends and roommates, and parents who encourage and foster self-assuredness and help them set realistic goals are all part of the healing process.

6 Things That Will Happen During Your First Week At College 
The R2C Takeaway: The excitement of starting fresh at a new school coupled with the terror of starting fresh at a new school will all come together during a student’s first week of college. They should prepare themselves for experiencing a gamut of emotions–highs and low–and tell themselves it’s normal to not have everything go perfectly, especially during that first week.

How Liberal Arts Colleges Reinvent Themselves As Startup Factories
The R2C Takeaway: While many liberal arts schools are being criticized for not teaching practical skills that will prepare students for the working world, some are pivoting/changing focus and encouraging students to pursue social entrepreneurship. The duality of this course of study combines the practical business side with the humanistic side, and is a win/win situation for not only these students, but these schools, and society.

 

 

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