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Selecting the right college – public versus private – school services

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 19, 2008

Let’s preface this post… For any school you are considering you need to do your homework. Check with all resources: the school, students, blogs/online, anything you can think of… be creative. college students selecting school classesWe also realize a private school is typically more expensive that attending an in-state private school.

Before selecting a school, you need to know who you are. Are you ambitious? A go-getter? Would you prefer things handed to you? A part of the selection process should be for the student to take a self inventory… know who you are… and then match to the characteristics of the school.

I have a friend who had twins graduate from 2 different universities. One graduated from Boston College (private) and the other from University of Delaware (public). Both are great schools. Both kids got good educations and had fun college experiences.

The difference in the schools was how the services worked for the students. A few examples…
• At Boston College, the career planning department followed up and prep’d students and made sure they were ready for interviews. There was more “spoon feeding” going on.
• At The University of Delaware, they got you interviews but you (the student) needed to be more independent getting ready for the interview.
• At Boston College it is easy to get a tutor.
• At The University of Delaware, it took our student 7 weeks to get his tutor.

This is just an example and may greatly vary from school-to-school and department-to-department. Of course it also varies on the personality of the student.

So, when selecting a school, look into services such as extra help and career guidance. Get some detailed information and speak to some students about it. It can make your school education and your job-search experiences much easier and productive.

Good luck!


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Tapped: My sister is a soldier in Iraq

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 21, 2008

Here is a chat with a young man from the west coast. The only information that has been changed is to protect the people’s identity. friend_of_TopOfTheThread’s sister is stationed in Iraq. His sister plans on attending medical school upon her return.

It is interesting to get a soldier’s family member’s opinions… (Stay with it. It is a chat so it may seem out of order at times.) Date of chat 6/21/08

US soldier with children in Iraq



topofthethread: Does she get American news or newspapers?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i think so

topofthethread: I admire everyone over there. I think they are doing a great job.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : do you have any relatives there?

topofthethread: No but a buddy of mine is in the marines. He was overseas and now is back in quantico.

topofthethread: Whether people agree or disagree with the “actions” overseas, it is important that our people feel supported

topofthethread: Does your sister and her group feel supported by us?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : I agree! I think that they know we’re behind them. It might be a bit disconcerting to hear the spiteful remarks of self-proclaimed liberals though.

topofthethread: I agree.

topofthethread: I can’t stand to hear it.

topofthethread: Does she feel like she’s in danger?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : it would be pretty naive if she didnt

topofthethread: Overall yes. But constantly.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: what I don’t get is the sheer number of people claiming how f—ing supportive they are of the war but never dared join up. most people have no clue what being deployed actually means. its so hypocritical.

topofthethread: yep

topofthethread: I would never imagine, pretend, to have any clue as to what it is like. We should simply 100% support the people.

topofthethread: And we should have a real strategy.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : being a relative of someone over there, I’m in favor of pulling the troops out as soon as possible. But everyone keeps telling me that this attitude would be destructive. how the heck would they know what’s best in this situation? noone does.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: the war is a fact. all we can do now is try to make the best of it.

topofthethread: Good point. The only fact is we have real, americans over there doing their jobs and risking their lives for us. That’s it. We do not know what would happen in any of the scenarios being presented.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: exactly. but apparently, these real people have become a politcal toy.


topofthethread: Does your sister’s superiors give her any indication as to how long this action will last?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : nothing definite

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : in the end, it comes down to gov policy

topofthethread: how long is she enlisted for?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : for X years. XX months to go.

topofthethread: You and your folks must be counting the minutes

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : yeah

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i tried to talk her out of it, but she’s serious about studying, and we could never afford uni (we’re ‘XXXXXXXXXXees’), so…

topofthethread: So she enlisted purely for the money for college?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: no, if so, there would have been alternatives, the money offered kinda settled the discussion

topofthethread: Is she your younger sister?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: nope, older

topofthethread: what would she say if you told her you were going to enlist?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: I think she’d try to persuade me not to do it.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: after all, if all this was really for our country, and not just in the interest of it, I probably wouldn’t hesitate.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i don’t think the military would want me, though. I’m ….XXXXXXX

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: so…who are you gonna vote for?

topofthethread: Not sure. For such a great country, the choices are… McCain has more experience but I am afraid he will follow the current administration’s path. (If they had a plan it would have helped. Obama…

topofthethread: is this man of change but I have not seen any substance or answers.

topofthethread: My decision has not been made… yet…

topofthethread: And you?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: not sure either. I don’t think experience is that important, after all, the president

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: is hardly gonna make any decisions without consulting his staff. And we live in a democratic system, so he doesn’t have that much power anyway. From the very start I was inclined to vote for Clinton, but she behaved crappily during the primaries.

topofthethread: i g2g. I wish you and your sister all the best and her speedy / healthy return to you and your family. ……………………….

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: ok

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Regardless of the political climate in the U.S. please support our troops.


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Colleges doing away with requiring standardized entrance exams? Bad idea!

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 30, 2008

Colleges doing away with requiring standardized entrance exams is a bad idea! The AP and reported “Wake Forest joins schools dropping SAT requirementcollege acceptances SAT ACT standardized tests

For years there has been a group of people screaming that the SAT and ACT exams are biased and do not predict the educational performance of an individual.

How else can we objectively compare students during the admissions process?


200 students apply to the University of TopOfTheThread (a very competitive school).

  • Each student has a 90 – 92 average, is in all Honors classes, and has made the Honor Roll every semester.
  • Each student has one school activity (school newspaper, or student council, or school yearbook)
  • Each student is involved with their house of worship.

So now what?

Let’s have all 200 kids come in for interviews? No way. Too much time. Too much expense.

Let’s look at their schools or school districts. (Is that fair?)
A 92 average in one school district is not the same as a 92 average in another school district. And if the SATs and ACTs get de-emphasized, no telling what unscrupulous school administrators will do! Can you imagine the pressure an administrator could get from the local politicians? Or businesses such as real estate companies? (Residential real estate tends to cost more in better school districts.)

If there is no objective 3rd party entrance exam, a school district can (1) show tremendous improvement in grades, as well as (2) show improvement in their students acceptances to better schools, by simply having the teachers give better grades. <Hopefully it wouldn’tt be that easy.>

And let’s not forget the ever increasing number of overseas students applying to U.S. Colleges? How do you compare the 92 average in China and India with the 92 in the U.S.?

Eliminating the standardized exams is a bad idea. Changing or having improved standardized tests is a better solution.

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Getting into college. Getting into Duke.

Posted by TopOfTheThread on April 27, 2008

If you really want to go to Duke… Here is what was overheard from a Duke alumnus. Take it for what is’t worth. Apply for the Duke Engineering school. You have a better chance of getting into that school than Duke in general. If you are not interested in engineering, perhaps it can get you in and then you can transfer. While this is a rumour, think about it.

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College Gear – Duke
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