Educate before it escalates: The fight for Sex Ed in Louisiana

Louisiana is home to the extravagant Mardi Gras celebrations. Gold and purple beads hang around individuals necks. Detailed masks decorated with sparkles and feathers conceal the identity of tourists from around the world. This is what some people picture when Louisiana is mentioned. According to Buzzfeed, “Louisiana’s middle and high schoolers have some of the […]

Congratulations! To Graduating Seniors From Broken Homes

  After a fun & grueling four years you’re ready to celebrate your scholarly successes, well earned and well deserved. This means for so many that mom, dad, siblings and an extended relative or two are going to come to your University to see you walk. You’ll gather around the iconic spots on campus, taking […]

7 Tips on How to Suceed in College

College can be a time of difficulty and transition. Even for those who have taken AP courses in high school, the style and assignments of college-level courses can be a challenge. Over the years, certain student practices have been singled out by various college faculties, the media, and college students. In this blog, I will […]

Revisiting the Journals of Sylvia Plath

The following piece contains excerpts from a presentation I gave for my IB HL Literature class. Sylvia Plath is one of the few writers whose works have mirrored all the thoughts, anxieties, and fears that I write about each day. As a young girl, most of the books I read were by men of the […]

Three Simple Tips for Being A Truly Better Student

To me, being a high performing student is more than simply having a remarkable memory or constantly stressing over parents or grades. Being a top student also means being able to stand out in some way and letting your top qualities shine through, which is what schools like Harvard and Princeton are looking at. (If you […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About College Applications

1. The Common App: Also known as the brain grinder. High school seniors can make a common app account to apply to the numerous colleges included on there. You can also find essay prompts from the colleges and options to include recommenders. What teachers usually won’t tell you is that filling out the common app […]

Five Tips for Freshmen Students at the University of Tampa

Looking back at my freshmen year of college, there are many things that I wish I knew before coming here. Every year, The University of Tampa takes in more and more freshmen students. According to the school’s website, last year’s enrollment is over triple the University’s enrollment of two decades ago. It’s quite obvious, especially […]

Why There’s No Such Thing as a Useless Degree

“Study neuroscience. Psychology and English won’t get you anywhere.” If I had to eat a pint of ice cream for every time I’ve heard this from an adult at least 20 years older than me, I’d be at least 30 pounds heavier than I am now. Coming from a social environment where wanting to become […]

5 Tips for the College Bound High School Student

August is almost here. Back to school deals are popping up in stores, summer projects have hopefully started and college visits are being planned. Here is some advice based on personal experience (as well as some of my friend’s experiences) on how to use your time in high school to prepare for college. 1. Study […]

The Privilege Blame Game in College Debate

The past March, the debate duo Ruffin and Johnson from Towson University was the first female African American team to win the national championships for CEDA, the Cross Examination Debate Association which is the main organizational body for collegiate debate. The two went against another African American team from Oklahoma University. For the past few […]

The Philosophy Behind Open Course Classes

During the summer, I needed something to do. It wasn’t me to just sit around and watch TV shows all day and feel satisfied. While others were vacationing in Europe and touring the Eiffel tower, I was stuck at home surrounded by cornfields. It was then that I decided to increase my productivity self-esteem by […]

High Schools with the Highest SAT Scores

Average standardized test scores are getting high and higher as students from across the nation become more and more competitive for college and beyond. While some universities are starting to downplay the importance of SAT and ACT scores, most research suggests that standardized tests are still very accurate measures of brain power and general cognitive […]

Senior Advice: Tips for Future and Current College Students

The journey started in August 2009 and it’s ending this Sunday. A little over 4 years of my life have gone by in college. They have been the best years of my life and gave me memories that will live on forever. While 4 years doesn’t seem like a big difference, the new generation of […]

New SAT delayed until 2016

Early in 2013, the College Board announced its plans to introduce a redesigned SAT that “best serves higher education and propels students toward success in college and work.” Originally slated for delivery in 2015, the new SAT is now postponed for release in spring of 2016. In an email addressed to 6,000 member schools on […]

Why are Unrepentant Terrorists Teaching at American Universities?

Controversy ensued earlier this month when the news broke that Kathy Boudin, former member of the Weather Underground who was convicted in 1984 of felony murder and spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard, received the position of adjunct professor at Columbia University. While it […]

Your College Survival Guide

So I’ve been, more or less, in college forever. As with most things, that fact has it’s distinct advantages and disadvantages. I’ve learned a lot since I started college seemingly back in the late 90’s – most of which involves things found outside of a textbook. It’s always bothered me how college is always portrayed […]

Drake Graduates High School at age 25

As of Wednesday, popular rap singer Drake, whose full name is Aubrey Drake Graham, can now say he is a high school graduate! According to Yahoo News, the talented musician dropped out of his Canadian academy 10 years ago at the age of 15 in order to peruse his dreams by co-staring in the hit […]

Prolonging the Life of your Student Loan

The student loan, such a wonderful thing when it first arrives in your bank account, making you think then any item in the world is within your grasp. Only for it all to be snatched away from you in a matter of weeks or months, putting you back onto the budget food shopping and buying […]

The Difference Between British and American Universities

  When pursuing an education, would you prefer a professional-level specialization or freedom of choice? Going into London for a study abroad program, that was the first time I realized how different the British “uni” system was from the United States. In fact, university and college don’t even mean the same thing to them. It […]

Australian Teen Sues School For Poor Results

Early this year, in May, an Australian teen, Rose Ashton-Weir, 18, along with her mother, Elizabeth Weir, decided to sue her former school for not providing “exceptional” education, nor adequate support, particularly in math. The school in question is the Geelong Grammar School, an elite Australian private and boarding school whose notable alumni include HRH […]