Featured, Schools

Some Baltimore-Area Schools Are Financially Fit… And Some Are Not

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 10:38am

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If you’ve paid a tuition bill lately, you may find it difficult to believe that many colleges and universities are at risk of running out of money. But according to Forbes, many schools — especially those considered “non-elite” — are having trouble keeping their endowments up, attracting students, and offering a high quality education at the same time. “In some ways colleges operate like prestige-seeking liquor brands,” Matt Schifrin writes. “In other ways they are more like Macy’s offering regular sales days, only quietly.” According to the magazines’ “financially fit schools” ranking, only two Baltimore-area universities can consider themselves A or B students when it comes to having healthy finances.
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Featured, Getting In

Proof of a Happy Childhood

4 Written by: | Monday, Aug 19, 2013 1:07pm

Happy child with red paper heart. Image shot 03/2012. Exact date unknown.

How is it over?  I don’t think I looked away, but somehow I didn’t see it happening right now.  Her childhood is over.  Grace has grown up.  And Monday, she leaves.  I am stunned by the truth I have always known, and at this minute it is raw, and painful.  I will miss my little girl.

I spent the evening putting together a collage of Grace’s childhood – proof for her future roommates that it was a happy one, and that she comes from a loving family.  I dug through boxes of old photos – remember when we had boxes and envelopes of photos?  Duplicates of everything so we could send them to grandparents?  Well, all the old photos are in the basement, in dusty under-the-bed storage containers.  I sat on the floor, sifting through the years, staggered by the speed of life.

There are almost two decades of sheer beauty in there.  A life time, our life times.  Birthday parties with homemade Barbie cakes, pony rides, Halloween costumes, Christmas stockings, so many summers at the beach and lake, years when she lived in dress ups.  Pictures of family trips, and of the everyday – baking cookies with big-girl aprons and baker’s hats, and flour all over the kitchen.  How is that all in our past? Read More →

Getting In, Schools

Walking Forward, Looking Back

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 2:45pm

Graduation was more than a month ago, even though it feels like we’ve just stopped celebrating.  Grace didn’t want it all to end – the parties, the excitement, friends all talking about the fun they were planning for beach week (thank God that is over!).  But it did end, and summer jobs and internships began, then the air-traffic-control-like coordination of who needs to be where when, and what vehicle they will use to get there.  (With four teenagers under our roof, the exercise requires an advanced skill set of diplomacy, flexibility, ingenuity, and a thick skin, so you can ignore all the insults and whining.)  Like other summers, we are all busy.  We work. We make plans with friends. We prepare for our next steps.  But the summer, too, will end, and with it, a precious time for our family.

When Grace leaves for college, right before her big sister, I will have to work hard to stay focused on the joy of her journey.  She is in one of the most growth-filled times of her life, and is bursting as a human being.  It’s sort of like that magic moment in the science class movie about mitosis, where you say to yourself, “Wow!  How does it grow so fast?”  She is a human example of cell division – doubling every second.  She has registered for classes, and at this moment, plans to double major in neuroscience and biology (thus, the science metaphors).  She reads the course descriptions out loud before dinner when we are all in the kitchen with the enthusiasm that, if you are lucky, you can remember having had once in life.  She wants to take every class, right away.  She can’t wait for all that lies ahead.   Read More →

Schools

Are Pricey University Summer Programs Worth It?

3 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 10:00am

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It costs $10,490 for a high school student to spend seven summer weeks at Harvard, $11,900 for two months at Stanford, and $8,170 to spend a month taking classes and living in the dorms at Johns Hopkins. Students take the time and effort — and parents spend the money — because it makes them feel as though they’ve got an edge when applying to competitive colleges. But increasingly experts are decrying these programs as, well, kind of a scam.
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Culture, Schools

Lacrosse Early Recruiting Has Players Committing to Colleges in Ninth Grade

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 1:50pm

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We’ve been hearing rumblings for the past few months about early lacrosse recruiting at Baltimore area high schools, sometimes as early at the ninth grade.  Now the Washington Post is reporting the same trend in the DC suburban private school community, too.  Parents and fans are asking: Isn’t it a little much?

“I can maybe see [early recruiting] in the sports in which the professionals are paid tens of millions of dollars — lacrosse doesn’t have that,” US Lacrosse President Steve Stenersen says in the article. “To what end are we creating this culture of pressure on younger and younger kids to make a college decision?”

What do you think?  How early is too early to recruit for lacrosse, or any college sport for that matter?

Read High School Lacrosse faces Challenging New Reality With Early Recruiting at washingtonpost.com

 

Culture, Lifeline, Schools

Too Many Low-income, High-achieving High School Students Fail to Reach Their Potential

0 Written by: | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 12:00pm

college degreeIn a recent voyeuristic moment, I used Facebook to search for an old friend of mine with whom I had lost touch after high school. I was shocked and disappointed in what I saw.

Finding her on Facebook, I skimmed her page, halting when I got to “education.” I looked once, then twice. I found only the name of the high school we attended together. You’ve got to be kidding me, I thought. She was hands-down the smartest girl I knew in high school, a whiz at math and science. Yet she hadn’t graduated from college. Though I can’t say for sure, I have a strong hunch it had to do with finances. Unfortunately, she’s just one would-be college graduate who’s part of a widespread trend that’s still happening today.

The problem? The majority of high-achieving, low-income high school students do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges. This decision has long-term, negative consequences for these students, according to education researchers and economists at Harvard and Stanford who conducted a broad-based analysis of every high school student in the U.S. who took the SAT in a recent year. Read More →

Money & Power, Schools

Wise Words of the General: Stanley McChrystal Opens Hopkins Foreign Affairs Symposium

0 Written by: | Friday, Mar 01, 2013 10:16am

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A strong presence, a charismatic tone, and some forward thinking:  all phrases to describe the atmosphere at Johns Hopkins University Wednesday night, where Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal spoke about perspectives, relationships, and America’s future.

Born into a military family, Gen. McChrystal served for 30+ years in the Army, most recently as the Commander of US/ISAF forces in Afghanistan.  But after the publication of a controversial Rolling Stone article, McChrystal had to tender his resignation.  Since then, the general has led a busy life, publishing his memoirs, serving on the boards of JetBlue, Navistar, and even an Obama military initiative. Read More →

Getting In

To Transfer or Not to Transfer? That is the Question for Unhappy College Co-ed

1 Written by: | Monday, Feb 25, 2013 11:00am

It is hard for any of us, much less a confused, unhappy nineteen year old, to sift through the many truths of life for clarity.  Such is the challenge for Emily, who thinks she wants to transfer.  She knows that she is not a happy college freshman, but can’t say for sure why.  Is it her college?  The program?  The size of the school (small)?  The other kids who go there?  The distance from home?  The distance from her boyfriend?  Or is she just in a personal valley?

Emily is trying to parse out the elements, separate one fact (she doesn’t like the intensity of the business focus) from another (she finds the social life boring).  But things are complicated – and even from a distance, and being inclined to strong opinions, we can’t help her distill the one factor to hang her unhappy hat on. Read More →

Getting In, Schools

With One College Acceptance in Her Pocket, Should Student Withdraw from Some of the Rest?

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 11:00am

Halleluiah!  Grace got into college!  It is not her first choice school, but it is an excellent option that delivers peace of mind.  I can’t tell if she is happy or just relieved.  My reaction to her news held both of those emotions.

So, it will be easier to settle into the long winter of waiting now.  Like a hunter with a catch already in his pouch, she is no longer desperate.  She knows she will not go hungry.  But what does it mean for the rest of the process? Read More →

Schools

Notre Dame of Maryland’s Winter Open House

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 4:02pm

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Open to all prospective students! During Winter Open House prospective students and their guests will have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet the admissions team, and attend special information sessions and listen to the experiences of current Notre Dame students.

What: Notre Dame of Maryland University Women’s College Winter Open House

When: Saturday, January 12th, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Knott Science Building, Auditorium

4701 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21210

For additional information, call 410-532-5330, or email admiss@ndm.edu. To register, visit events.ndm.edu

 

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