Are Pricey University Summer Programs Worth It?

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

Dollar Sign College Campus

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


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


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 →


Notre Dame of Maryland’s Winter Open House

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


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 To register, visit


Bolton Hill, Lifeline

Bolton Hill Gets a MICA Food Truck

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 12:46pm


I love the food truck concept — It’s so… gypsy, or something. But we don’t get any to speak of in Charles Village. Ah well. Last month, Bolton Hill residents got a new wheeled eatery (with a strong Winnebago vibe) run by MICA.

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Getting In, Schools

Sandy Brings College Applicants Halloween Fright

0 Written by: | Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 6:48pm

It is no coincidence, I think, that the last two pulses of media input I have received have been:  1) a story on NPR paying homage to the Halloween season which described the scientifically authenticated phenomenon of being scared to death, and 2) an email from the college counseling department chair at Grace’s high school advising us that the looming November 1 application deadline might get thoroughly bungled if “Frankenstorm” takes out the power on the Eastern Seaboard!  I hope Grace hasn’t seen the email yet.  I might actually give her a drink just to settle her nerves. Read More →

Getting In, Schools

Second Verse, Same as the First

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 19, 2012 12:41pm

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

“Getting In,” our column on college admissions, continues with writer Elizabeth Frederick moving on to child number two.  Will she be wiser the second time around?? -The Eds

When I think of Grace, it is sometimes an image of the round-cheeked, silken pre-schooler dressed in sequins, tutus, boas, and plastic kitten heels.  Sometimes, it is the middle school Grace of drawstring, dotty shorts and a team t-shirt.  Or the Grace of fuzzy pajamas wearing her old, purple glasses.  I think of the child with the invisible friend, who defended her from her dominant older sister, and of her remarkable capacity for deep, infectious belly laughter.  I think of her snuggled warm under a blanket, lost in a good book about a princess.  Until recently, I have not had to think of her as Grace, the independent.  Grace, the college student.  Grace, the one who will leave.  Read More →

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