Archive | November, 2012

College for everyone ? – Nov. 25th, 2012

25 Nov

Do you think everyone should go to college? College used to be for few elite. Having a college degree was a big deal – prestige and true intellect. Now having a college degree is becoming a mainstream and common for many people.

So what differentiate people with college degrees from people without them? Why do you want to go to college? Why did you go to college?

College Football – Nov. 18th, 2012

18 Nov

Colleges receive money from various sources such as:

  • State funding
  • Federal funding
  • Private donation
  • Research funding
  • Endowment and investment
  • Tuition from students
  • Football ticket sales and other associated sales including school football shirt, etc.

College Football has become a huge part of college for publicity and money. Do you think college football gets too much emphasis on college reputation and priority?

Funding for Graduate Students – Nov. 15th, 2012

15 Nov

Graduate students have less competition receiving free money for college. Professors get paid from conducting research in addition to teaching classes at colleges.  They manage and supervise their research but actual works are done by their graduate students. The most of them prefer graduate students who work 24/7. My advice to present or perspective graduate student is as follows:

  • Take a class and impress a professor by asking questions beyond his/her class assignment,
  • Get to know a professor and be friendly,
  • Ideally before starting graduate school, you might want to talk to a professor you like to study with, and
  • Invest your time to research a professor what research s/he has (Some professors are really good at receiving a lot of research money).

I once had a professor telling me to take a loan while I was in a graduate school. If you hear a professor advising you to borrow money, don’t walk but run away from him/her!  There is always some research money somewhere. Don’t borrow any money to go to graduate school.

Extended College Application for Early Decision and Action – Nov. 2nd, 2012

2 Nov

If you have missed Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) deadline, you may be in luck. Many schools including Harvard, University of Michigan, and Yale have extended undergraduate admission deadline for Early Decision and Early Action because of the Hurricane Sandy. Extended deadline for ED/EA varies depending on each college. Here are some examples.

Stanford U November 5, 2012
Harvard U Flexible – Attach a supporting document explaining your situation due to the Hurricane Sandy
U of Chicago Flexible – Attach a supporting document explaining your situation due to the Hurricane Sandy

NY Times has a list of ED/EA deadline for select schools. http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/colleges-extend-early-admission-deadlines/

Their list is not exhaustive. Please find out the new deadline for a college you intend to apply. Some colleges require some documents as well. Most colleges I looked at, their website states the new deadline for ED/EA. Some Twitted.

Good luck and turn in your application ASAP!