Scary enough just to hear the words. They bring to mind image of a campus in lockdown, SWAT teams sweeping the buildings . . . and worse.
But I don't bring that up to scare you. I do it to point out that Idaho now is the sixth state to allow concealed weapons in most areas and buildings of public universities, US News & World Report reported. Idaho's eight university presidents opposed the new law. Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter signed it into law.
As you research colleges, you'll be looking at campus safety along with academics and extracurricular opportunities. Do guns belong on college campuses? The Center for Essay Excellence wants to know your opinion. Take our poll:
Through the frustration of your college application process you're bound to ask yourself, "What do colleges really want?" Don't you wish you could sit down with two or three experts and pick their brains about what they're looking for in incoming freshman and how to find the right fit for you?
NPR station KALW-FM in San Francisco -- run by the San Francisco Unified School District -- has done that for you. The station's City Visions program gathered three experts and asked that very question.
Click here to listen to the conversation with Mike Sexton, vice president for enrollment management at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA; Kristen Jurgens, former associate director of undergraduate admissions at Boston College and senior assistant director of admissions at Tufts University; and Ted de Villafranca, managing partner at the educational consulting firm Edvice Princeton.
Writing a quality college essay is no easy task. But there are bedrock principles of essay writing that you need to understand before you launch into the process, according to The Princeton Review.
- Start early and write several drafts.
- Set it aside for a few days and read it again.
- Put yourself in the shoes of an admissions officer: Is the essay interesting? Does it reveal something about the applicant? Is it written in the applicants' own voice?
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