Odds And Ends

You or someone close to you making a college choice? Jay Mathews offers some sound advice. My thoughts on the same here.

Next time you’re tempted to think Randi Weingarten has an easy job, read this.

Ying-yang and Linn-Laine.  Dane is off to the College Board, Richard is joining NGA.

Partnership for Public Service is seeking a research director. And a bunch of teaching jobs at charter schools in Tennessee.

2 Replies to “Odds And Ends”

  1. In regards to the Jay Mathews article, his first idea struck a chord with me. My sister is a high school senior and just recently finished the college application process. I remember she called me, asking for advice. She wanted to list every single thing she did in high school. The list was extremely extensive. I said, “Karlie, you don’t need to write everything. Just pick and choose.” I think of a college application similar to a job resume, especially when a person applying knows what their intended major will be. It’s like, “Hi. This is who I am. These are things I have done that prove I am a good fit for your college and a good fit for your program.” When you have so many extra-curricular activities, you should pick the activities that tailor to your school and your major.

  2. Andrew, as for your Myth No. 2 (“You’re going to earn based on where you learn”), my major in college was Theatre Arts and one buzz around the theatre world is that if you go to NYU for acting, you will make it. Many people believe that you can avoid the life of a struggling actor if you manage to get accepted into NYU. Sure enough, every Broadway show I attend, I look in the playbill and the majority of actors attended…you got it, NYU. However, I still agree with you. NYU is a competitive school, the students who worked harder academically are more likely to get accepted. And that hard work, I’m sure, will continue once they are out in the field auditioning. Also in regards to competition, being situated in the heart of New York City, NYU uses that to its advantage offering their students opportunities to meet and learn from industry professionals. While they are at it, these students are making connections that can potentially land them that Broadway debut.

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