Congratulations to National Scholastic winners!

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Last week, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards announced their national medalists via the online submission form. Students across the country won gold and silver medals in multiple writing categories and artistic categories. Being a part of the Scholastic experience as an educator and a judge has been a truly rewarding experience, and I would encourage any teenager to be … Read More

More cities plan for free community college

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I’ve been seeing more and more announcements of cities creating free community college plans for their residents. Whether a high school student is looking at a vocational program, or someone is changing careers and in need of a new skill set, I think investing in community college access is a wonderful step. Detroit is planning for free community college starting … Read More

University of Calgary waives application fee for students affected by U.S. travel ban

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For citizens of the seven countries currently included in the U.S. travel ban, Canadian University of Calgary is waiving their admission application fees for the undergraduate and graduate levels. The fee normally costs $145 (Canadian). The school is opening this offer to both new students who would have begun study at a U.S. university,  and to students whose U.S. education … Read More

Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Already Harming American Science

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In light of the unconstitutional executive order banning banning citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries—Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen—from entering America under any visa, for at least 120 days, I have been keeping a close watch on how this new order is impacting higher education students. The results so far are devastating, and I cannot overstate the impact … Read More

Free college photography course by Stanford professor

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So often people judge the value of an education by the price tag. In the case of professor Marc Levoy, he took a digital photography course he taught at Stanford and put the entire course online, for free. Digital photography can be a beneficial skill, even for those who don’t plan on pursuing a career in photography. From building up … Read More

New York Times looks at pre and post college income


The New York Times recently released this interactive study where you can compare the financial statistics between incoming students, and those students’ ability to move into a higher financial class after graduation. While I think this is an interesting, and valuable, study, I do not believe that the odds of moving into the top 1% of U.S. earners should be … Read More

Common Application Prompts 2016-17

jlsNewsLeave a Comment 1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect … Read More

Houghton College offers free 2-year program for refugee and immigrant students in Buffalo

jlsNewsLeave a Comment I lived in Buffalo for a brief period, and attended high school there, so I occasionally check in on the local news there. Reading this story about a small college creating opportunities for refugee and immigrant students reminded me that there truly is a place for everyone in this country. Education at any level is such an important part … Read More

Being 16 in 2016

jlsNewsLeave a Comment Take Part, an online magazine focused on social issues and activism, created a documentary page on sixteen young women from all over the world. When I came across this, I was stuck by the similarities in the teenage experience. In my work with teenagers, I find that many feel isolated and unheard. But many also feel exhilarated at all … Read More