Sam is pursuing her Associate of Arts degree at Indian Hills Community College and hopes to transfer to a four-year school where she can major in Graphic Design and English. When she isn’t working or studying, she enjoys reading, writing, and catching up with her friends.
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Kristen is a high school senior at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio and will graduate in May of 2009. She is looking forward to finishing the college application process that seems to overwhelm first semester of senior year. Her college choices include OSU, Penn State, Purdue, UVA, BU, Syracuse, University of Miami in Coral Gables FL, SLU, and Notre Dame in South Bend. She plans to study aeronautical engineering. Outside of school, Kristen participates in dance, drama, varsity swimming, and competitive debate. While Kristen’s favorite subjects have always been physics and math, she fostered a desire to become an engineer outside of the classroom. Fifteen years of ballet, out of control science fair projects, and countless hours watching her father, also an engineer influenced her decision to pursue engineering.
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Crystal is currently working toward her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After graduation she plans to spend her life convincing others of the importance of literacy. In other words, she will teach. Crystal believes that the written word holds more power than anything else. She believes that words change lives and that only through education can we truly expand our minds and make sense of our world. She currently works in the tutorial center at the university and spends most of her time either there, in class or at the office where she is completing my internship.
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The primary reason Samantha attended UMD was because it had over one hundred majors. Luckily she found her niche in computer science and economics. Currently, Samantha is working to create a mathematical model that can predict transitions in a system like our atmosphere.
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Darby is pursuing a career in design by attending the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her first design class challenged her in a way that was invigorating and inspiring. Darby's major allows her to study everything she loves –art, psychology, anthropology- while giving her the satisfaction of applying her knowledge in a way that benefits people. When she needs an outlet for more expressive art without constraints, Darby works as a freelance artist, or plays the cello.
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Sarah is returning to college for a degree in Culinary Arts after getting a BA in English at Cornell College in Iowa. Her dream is to one day open a restaurant that not only serves delicious, healthy food from local sustainable sources, but also helps to educate and promote environmentalism in its customers. She hopes to organize trips to restore prairie at the nearby Morton Arboretum, invite speakers to the restaurant for evening events, and, if she has the space, even grow her own garden to produce some of her own ingredients.
Aaron recently retired from a nine year career as a professional classical ballet dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Ballet has been a wonderfully fulfilling dream job for Aaron, and has cultivated his keen interest in travel. He attended school part time while dancing and is returning full time as a junior, simultaneously pursuing a degree in History and Finance.
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April 17, 2019
by Susan Dutca
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's engineering school will soon be called the "Grainger College of Engineering" after receiving another $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation. The Grainger donation is the largest amount ever gifted to a public university to rename a college. [...]
April 9, 2019
by Susan Dutca
Thirteen parents and one coach charged in the "Operation Varsity Blues" college cheating scandal will plead guilty in accordance with plea agreements. While elite parents implicated in the admissions scandal cheated to help their children get into college, there is a growing concern about how students, in general, may be cheating their way through college; specifically by buying ghostwritten essays online. [...]
April 2, 2019
by Susan Dutca
Why not have schools auction off college seats to the highest bidder? The question was posed by a senior vice president at the Harvard Management Company on his public LinkedIn page amid the recent national college admissions cheating scandal. According to Michael Cappucci, it is simply "an honest question." He goes on to ask, "Why do we have a system where wealthy parents have to make shady payments to even more shady intermediaries to get their kids into college?" The post, which has since been removed but still drew much online anger was authored by Cappucci who is "not a top official" at the company; many people still presumed Harvard is connected to his idea, according to Inside Higher Ed, but Harvard was quick to distance itself from the LinkedIn post. [...]