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Spiritual growth
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Should religion play a role
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Students who enroll in historically


black colleges are likely to find a supportive atmosphere, close relationships with faculty and a longstanding
tradition of African-American excellence. With notable alumni including
Martin Luther King, Jr. (Morehouse
College, www.morehouse.edu), Oprah
Winfrey (Tennessee State University,
www.tntstate.edu), Spike Lee
(Morehouse College) and Thurgood
Marshall (Lincoln University,
www.lincoln.edu), these institutions
have long played a key role in educating African-American leaders.

allow African-American students the


opportunity to share, develop awareness, bond and connect in ways that
may not have been made available at
other institutions, says Dr. Katherine
Bankole-Medina, Professor of History
at Coppin State University
(www.coppin.edu). At the same time,
students of other races benefit from
exposure to fellow students from a
different ethnic background.

According to the Higher Education


Act of 1965, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are
institutions that were established
before 1964 with the primary mission of educating African-Americans.
These institutions originally provided
educational opportunities toblack
studentswhen they were systematically barred from other colleges and
universities. There are 105public and
privateHBCUs, including four-year
colleges, community colleges, medical schools and graduateor professional schools. Most are located in
Southern states.

Pamela Champ is a five-year MBA


student at Hampton University
(www.hampton.edu), a historically black university in Virginia. To
Pamela,a key advantagehas beenthe
presence of positive role models
on campus. It exposes AfricanAmericans to other successful
African-Americans, whether its the
peers you see on the road to success
or the professors you see daily,she
reflects. Because of the lower studentto-faculty ratios at many HBCUs, professors are notonly positive examples,
but also mentors. At an HBCU the
classes are generally smaller, so Ive
really gotten to know my professors one on one, and I wasnt just a
number, says Pamela. The intimate
learning environment really helped
me.

For African-American students,


attending an HBCU offers an opportunity to be part of a close-knit
campus community where many
others share their heritage. They

The majority of HBCUs were founded


shortly after the Civil War, and they
often have a rich and storied history.
Their legacies are intertwined with

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Living history

the history of Civil Rights and the


struggle for equality. Most colleges
may teach history, says Pamela,but
at Hampton I felt like I was a part of
it, right in the middle of historical
events. Hampton students can study
beneath Emancipation Oak, the site
of the first Southern reading of the
Emancipation Proclamation.
This year, a group of Tennessee
State University students traveled to
Jackson, Mississippi for a special event
commemorating the 50th anniversary
of the Freedom Rides. They met Civil
Rights activists, including Freedom
Riders who were alumni of their
university.
Dr. Adrian Samuels, Vice President
for Student Affairs at Tennessee State
University, says that this deep-seated,
rich history helps forge a strong
sense of community. He adds that,
from a retention standpoint, students understand the historical context of the institution, which keeps
them engaged and motivates them to
continue their education.
The celebration of AfricanAmerican culture and heritage
oftenextends to the curriculum.As
astudent inHamptons Honors
College,Pamela took seminar courses
on hip hop music, the AfricanAmerican church and the pros and
cons of historically black higher
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Challenges
Despite the highcaliber of academics,availability of resources can present a challenge. According to Dr.
Bankole-Medina, HBCUs are often
underfunded and face structural
challenges. They have also suffered
disproportionately in the current economic downturn, facing budget cuts
and faculty layoffs.
This can mean they have fewer and
less well-maintained facilities than
their bigger-budget counterparts.
And while their tuition rates are
generally lower than those of other
schools, fewer scholarshipsmay
beavailable.

College to career
Dr. Bankole-Medina says that HBCUs
offer the kind of education that leads
to the development of leadership
abilities and real world skills that
lead to meaningful employment
opportunities.

The transition from college to


career is a priority at Tennessee State.
Freshmen are required to visit the
Career Development Center, which
maintains a relationship with them
throughout their studies. They also
take a Service to Leadership orientation course, where they get hands-on
experience through community
service.
Diversity is a growing priority in the
corporate world, and many businesses
seek the best and brightest diverse
candidates by recruiting at HBCUs.
This can be challenging because
each student is competing with other
highly motivated, predominantly
black students. According to Pamela,
whose campus enjoys frequent career
recruitment, You have to work harder to set yourself apart, and you have
to be more driven.When she graduates this spring, shewill begin thejob
she already haslined up at one of the
Big Four accounting firms.

All are welcome


While 80 percent of students enrolled
in HBCUs are African-American,
these colleges welcome students of all
backgrounds and ethnicities. Students
of all races are drawn to their affordabilitycompared to other institutions,
and to their unique academic offerings and friendly environment.
For many students, historically
black colleges and universities can
offer unparalleled educational and
social opportunities. Whether they
are a perfect fit, however, depends
on the individual. For a full list of
HBCUs, visit the U.S. Department of
Educations website (www.ed.gov).
Above all, setting up a campus visit
is the best way to find out whether a
particular HBCU is the right choice
for you.
Valerie Saturen is a
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Tacoma, Wash.

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The Skinny on Your First Year in College


By Katie Steelman

Ever wish you had


a mentor that could
pop into your dorm
room whenever you
had a problem in
college? OK, thatd
be a little creepy in
real life. But thats
exactly what college
expert Sean Heffron does for
fictional college freshman, Jake, in
this cartoon-style book.
From making friends to making the
grade, stick figure Heffron guides
stick figure Jake through the stresses
of his first year of college, providing
helpful advice along the way.
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Heffron both reaffirms common


recommendations (such as going to
class and getting involved on campus) and also offers some unique
tips (e.g. putting your planner next
to your alarm clock and studying
in the classroom in which you will
take a test). He backs up his points
with stats (Did you know that 98
percent of college seniors said they
made close friends AFTER freshman year?) and advice from other
college experts; he even throws in the
occasional psychology lesson. (One
example is an experiment where one
person looks up at a building and others start doing the same, even though
there is nothing to see. Lesson: college
freshman tend to follow a crowd.)

Comprised largely of drawings and


dialogue, this book is a fast read but
loaded with useful information, and
just enough humor to keep it cute but
not goofy. Lists, step-by-step instructions for solving problems as well as
references to other helpful books,
websites and even Facebook apps
make it a quality quick-reference
guide.
The Skinny on Your First Year in
College would be beneficial preparatory reading for the soon-to-be college freshman.
Katie Steelman is a
senior at St. John Fisher
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Spiritual growth
and higher ed
Should religion play a role in
your college search?
By Debbie Swanson

Whether you are a devout follower of


your faith or a more casual attendant
at services, youve probably discovered
that religion is yet another consideration in your college selection process.
Many schools uphold religious ties,
yet what does that mean to you?

What policies does the


school uphold?

Here are some questions to ask, both


of yourself and the potential institution, to sort out whats right for you.

The schools enrollment policy is


one area to explore. The majority of
religious schools today offer an open
enrollment policy, accepting students
of all faiths. The resulting broader
mix of backgrounds tends to minimize the religious influence. Other
schools restrict enrollment to students
exclusively of one faith; at such a
school, you can expect that religion
will have a presence.

Is religion a major part of


the curriculum?
Perhaps the first area to explore is the
depth of your potential colleges
religious ties.
Religiously affiliated colleges are
enormously diverse. They do not
share a single definition of what religious affiliation means. Some colleges
say that they teach
religion. Others, like
the Mount, uphold
faith as an invitation, but do not presume to assign it,
says Charles Flynn, president of
the College of Mount Saint Vincent
(www.mountsaintvincent.edu), a
Catholic, liberal arts college.
At some schools, religion is entwined
in the curriculum as well as the
schools social atmosphere. Other
schools maintain a more subtle affiliation; outside of requiring students to
fulfill a religious course requirement,
religion isnt a dominant factor.

Like any school, a faith-based school


will seek to maintain its principles
and reputation through certain
policies, governing both students
and faculty.

Also, ask about the schools expectations of their faculty. Is the faculty
required to sign a statement of faith,
maintain continued religious education or uphold other faith-based
prerequisites?
Policies affecting the students
are another key area to explore.
Depending on what you are after,
these can be a benefit or drawback.
Yeshiva University (www.yu.edu)
graduate Menachem Wecker found
that there were benefits to attending
a school prepared to accommodate
Orthodox Jewish students.
The university had strictly kosher
cafeterias, had no scheduled programs on holidays or Saturdays and

had separate campuses for men and


women. Orthodox Jewish students
would have trouble negotiating (these
things) elsewhere, says Wecker, a
2006 graduate.
Student regulations may also dictate
attire, academic standing, curfews
or dorm behavior. While examining
these regulations, realize that these
are not unique to religious affiliated
schools many schools impose similar measures as a matter of maintaining student safety. Before you place
weight on a restriction, check around
to see how they compare to nonreligiously oriented schools.

How do you hope to grow?


At a school with a strong religious
presence, the majority of the students
will share a common religious belief.
This can be a plus, recalls Brigham
Young University (www.byu.edu)
graduate Brooke Rodda. It seemed
as if it was easier to make friends
because, at the very least, 98 percent
of my peers had a similar foundation,
understood and felt the same purpose
for life that I did.
However, this can also be a roadblock
if part of what you are seeking in your
college experience is diversity and
growth.
Id say the tough choice religious
people have to make is whether to
play it safe and go somewhere that is
going to reinforce what they already
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reasonable proposition. They should


just know that with either choice,
there is a trade off.

they can match you up with a student


or graduate in a similar situation who
can answer your questions.

religiously affiliated
school for college?

What if my ideal school does


not match my beliefs?

Currently, I go to a
Catholic high school,
but I would not want to
go to a religiously affiliated school for college. I am glad
for the great moral foundation
it has built for me, but I hope to
experience something different.

You may be interested in a religious


institution that does not match your
upbringing. Or conversely, you might
be a devout religious follower, yet
your top choice is a mainstream
liberal arts school.

Religious affiliation may be one more


factor in your college decision. Realize
that this means different things to
different institutions. Pinpointing
both the schools and your own expectations can help steer you toward a
school that offers the right mix of
academics and faith.

Teen Board Sound Off

Q: Would you consider a

Stephanie Wu, junior at


Academy of Our Lady of Guam,
Barrigada, Guam

know, surrounded by like-minded


students or to go somewhere where
they are likely to find their faith and
lifestyle challenged and interrogated,
says Wecker. For many people, playing it safe is a priority and a wholly

Should you avoid these


situations?

Debbie Swanson has


published more than
100 articles in national
and regional magazines,
including Dog Fancy, The Christian
Science Monitor and Highlights.
Visit her website atwww.
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Like most answers in the college


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How strong is your faith and how
flexible are you to different beliefs?
You may find it stimulating to learn
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Diversity is more
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Showcase your achievements on your
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By Burt Nadler

Q: I hear colleges want diver-

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and how can I best share what I
possess as an applicant?

A: Definitions of diversity might


include phrases like variety and
social inclusiveness. Achievements
include academic, extracurricular and
community service efforts, as well as
honors and recognitions. But, your
understanding that post-secondary
success requires application as well as
communication efforts will enhance
chances for admissions.
Share in essays and applications how
you can contribute to the school you
wish to attend. Essays focusing on
your diverse cultural and life experiences and lessons learned will provide
insight on who you are to your readers. Questions answered reflect how
personal diversity of experiences,
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on rsums also reveal breadth and
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Admissions rsums take various
shapes and sizes and represent your
diversity of activities. Often applications, especially online versions, ask
for information to be inserted into
text blocks, but a one or two page
rsum with an easy to follow format

provides supplemental information


to admissions professionals, faculty of
potential schools and recommenders.

do so. Remember, communication is


key and will help you on the path to
college admissions success!

Communicating with potential recommendation writers (via


email, in-person conversations and
rsum) motivates them to include
accomplishments in their letters.
Communicating via email with
admissions professionals, current
students (especially tour guides) and
faculty at potential colleges and universities is a subtle,
sincere, yet effective way to support
your candidacy.
Send thank you
notes and update
messages via email
will remind those
involved of who
you are, the diversity of your candidacy and achievements that best
reflect the person
you will be if you
attend their school.

Through books, articles and counseling, Burt Nadler, a


career services professional, inspires high
school students, college
students and others to clarify, articulate and to attain career, academic and
personal goals.

Of course, finish all


application documentation early,
prior to stated deadlines, but maintain
appropriate communications (most
often email) whenever motivated to
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Scholarships
for minority
students
By Michelle Inclema

Are you a minority student looking


for extra financial support? Check
out these scholarships and go online
for specifics on each fund. Note that
many of these programs have March
and April deadlines, so do not delay in
applying. Good luck!

Hispanic College Fund


www.hispanicfund.org
The Hispanic College Fund is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to
developing the next generation of
Hispanic professionals. This fund
provides Hispanic high school and
college students with the vision,
resources and mentorship needed
to become community leaders and
achieve successful careers in business, healthcare, science, technology,
engineering and math. In addition,
the HCF offers programs to connect
scholars with Hispanic professionals
to prepare them for success. Programs
like the College and Career Institute
scholarship pays $500-$10,000 for
qualifying students. For this and other
scholarships, visit www.scholarships.
hispanicfund.org

LULAC National Scholarship


Funds
www.lnesc.org
LULAC National Educational Service
Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is the education arm of the League of United
Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
By providing educational opportunities and scholarships to underserved
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an annual program that awards over
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each year. Winners are selected based
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the website.

The United Negro College


Fund
www.uncf.org
Believing that a mind is a terrible
thing to waste, The United Negro
College Fund enables more than
60,000 African-American students to
attend college each year. By providing
scholarships, supporting historically
black colleges or universities and running annual fund raising campaigns,
the UNCF works to provide low and
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resources to send their children to
college. The UNCF/Merck Science
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undergraduate students with research

scholarships and fellowships to further their science education and


potentially pursue careers in science.
Other opportunities include the
Corporate Scholars Program, which
awards hundreds of students with
scholarships at internship opportunities at major Fortune 500 companies.

Ron Brown Scholar Program


www.ronbrown.org
The Ron Brown Scholar Fund is a
501(c) 3 public charity named for
the late Secretary of Commerce and
inspired by his dedication to public
service.
The Ron Brown Scholar Program
provides African-American students with the financial resources
to attend some of the finest colleges
and universities in the country. Upon
acceptance, scholars are each awarded
$40,000 ($10,000 per year for four
years) that may be used at the college
or university of their choice. Coupled
with an outstanding mentorship
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program, the Ron Brown scholarship


program has a 100 percent graduation
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available.

This program is ideal for the AfricanAmerican student who wants to pursue a career in the arts, sciences and
public services, law, medicine or business.

www.jackierobinson.org
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is
a national nonprofit organization
founded in 1973 to perpetuate the
memory of Jackie Robinsons commitment to education for minority
students.

The American Indian


College Fund
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The American Indian College Fund
provides 6,000 scholarships annually
to American Indians seeking higher
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and creating awareness of the unique,
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The Jackie Robinson


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The program provides four-year college scholarships in conjunction with


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Each winner is awarded $7,500 to be
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Robinson Foundation prides itself on
a diverse pool of applicants from any
minority group.

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The Asian & Pacific Islander
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Look for cultural


diversity on campus
A foreign land isnt the only
place for new experiences
By Suchi Rudra

Jetting off for a semester of study


abroad isnt the only way to explore a
new culture. Your very own campus
is a great place to start engaging with
various cultures and lifestyles. Here
are a few ideas to get you started...

Join a campus organization


Many colleges will have a huge fair at
the beginning of each semester that
allow all the student organizations
on campus to represent themselves
and recruit new members (just like
fraternities and sororities host a rush
week). Campus organizations will
usually include: Cultural associations,
LGBT groups, campus and local
volunteer/service organizations,
religious groups, arts/music/film
clubs, outdoor sports and adventures
clubs, environmental organizations
and the list goes on and on! If a group
catches your eye, whether or not you
even know what its all about, start a
conversation with the representative
and at least sign up for their email

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list so youll be informed about their


meetings and events. And it has
been said before, but taking part in
campus organizations, especially as an
officer or active member, looks pretty
good on your rsum to potential
employers.

international students to help them


get acquainted with the campus, the
city and meet new people. Sign up to
be a part of this welcome committee
for international students, and youll
find yourself learning as much from
them as they learn from you.

International student center/


Cultural centers

Foreign language
departments

Cultural centers often host a variety


of events like musical performances,
readings, lectures, film nights and
food tastings so students can sample
the traditions of a different culture.
Especially during a countrys national
or religious holiday or festival time
(like Chinese New Year, Diwali or
Cinco de Mayo), these cultural centers
will often plan and host a big party or
event.

At my college, the Russian


department hosted a weekly Russian
tea hour where tea and pastries
were served, and anyone wanting to
improve their Russian skills or simply
speak in Russian could attend. This
included department faculty, Russian
language students and Russian
natives. Even if youre not studying
the language at the time, but are
interested in learning, this could be
a perfect way to practice and meet a
diverse group of people who share
your interest. If theres no weekly
department meeting, you can also post
up a flier searching for a language

Be a tour guide/mentor for


international students
Some colleges may assign an
orientation tour guide or mentor to

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tandem, also known as a language


exchange, with someone who can
teach the language you want to learn,
and who wants to learn the language
that you can teach.

Check out the restaurant


scene
Ill never forget 4th Street. On my
campus, this was restaurant row,
but it didnt consist of your typical
sandwich delis, taco joints or pizza
places. Strolling down this narrow
street was a magical culinary journey
into Asia. A Thai place sat quaintly
across from a Nepali caf, and a
few houses down you found an
Indian restaurant, which was right
beside a tiny Japanese grocer selling
baby octopus and other unexpected
delicacies. Take a walk or drive around
your campus and city, and you might
just discover something new and
delicious. Some international grocery
stores and restaurants might even

have a bulletin board with fliers for


upcoming cultural events.

Start your own campus


organization

Take a class

If youre interested in a particular


culture and your college doesnt yet
offer any venues for exploring this
culture, why not organize your own
group to celebrate and explore its
traditions and festivals? Apply at
your student government office as a
formal student group, advertise online
or with fliers all over campus. Send
emails to your friends, professors,
classmates and acquaintances; make
a short announcement in your classes.
And dont forget: Being a founder and
president of a college organization
looks highly impressive on your
rsum.

This option might seem obvious,


but its likely your college will offer
a variety of classes on the history,
politics, language, literature and/or
music of different cultures.

Visit the local church/


mosque/temple
For a more intense perspective and
a different outlook on life, attend a
religious service at a local church,
mosque, temple or other place of
worship. However, before you go, find
out if you can simply show up at the
service or if there are certain rules
of etiquette for attending as a guest.
If possible, go with someone who
regularly attends the service so you
get a better understanding of what
happens during the service.

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The many faces


of diversity
By Anne Chaconas

When people hear the term diversity, often the first thing they think
of is ethnicity. Our country is a wonderful melting pot of people from
different backgrounds and countries,
and cultural and ethnic diversity is
something that we physically view
every day. However, diversity is not
just about what you see right in front
of you, or what you notice on the
outside. Diversity is also about how
you have lived your life, and how your
lifestyle makes you a unique individual: Its about diversity of experience.
Making your diversity of experience
a part of your college application
and application essays is not only
something that will allow you to get
to know yourself better, it will also
let you shine and stand out from the
crowd.

What exactly is diversity of


experience?
As we said above, being diverse is
not just about how you look. Its also
about where you come from, how you
grew up, what you believe in what
makes you you. Diversity of experience is all about showing colleges
who you are on the inside, and what
makes you tick.
Ask yourself the following questions to start getting an idea of
your own personal diversity of
experience:

What is my family life like? How


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many brothers and sisters do I have?

Does my family observe any


unusual or unique traditions?
Where do my mom and dad come
from? Do they come from other
countries?
Where do I work? Do I volunteer?
Do I enjoy it? Why did I pick that job
or volunteer position?

What am I really good


at, academically and in my
extracurricular activities?
Which activities do I truly enjoy?
Why do I enjoy them so much?
Does my name have a very specific
meaning to me and my parents?
Have I started a group or activity
(either at school or outside of it) that
Im truly passionate about?
All of these (and many others) can
help get you started in thinking about
not just what others can see about
you, but what others cant see. The
intangibles in your upbringing and
personality are what make you unique
and diverse.

How can you show


diversity?
Being familiar with your unique
qualities and characteristics is one
thing; being able to show these qualities and characteristics to colleges is
another. Many college applicants have

a hard time talking about themselves,


so the thought of writing a whole
essay on what makes them stand out
can be a little daunting.

Try this: Show, dont tell,


your diversity
Telling a story is always easier than
making a list. Instead of writing an
essay as a long list of qualities that
you think colleges should know
about, write about an experience that
demonstrates some of these qualities. Rather than saying that you are
valued by your volunteer leader, have
that leader write you a recommendation letter talking about specific
experiences and examples that demonstrate the qualities that he or she
values about you.

Dont be afraid to toot your


own horn!
Be passionate about what you believe
in and what you hold important, and
dont hesitate to talk up your achievements, your family and your experiences. They are yours, and theyll
allow the colleges youre applying to
know that youre perfect for them.
Anne Chaconas
is the Director of
Admissions Counseling
for PowerScore Test
Preparation (www.powerscore.com).
Every year, she answers countless
questions about college admissions
and helps many students get into
their top choice schools.
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family and friends and to her dedication to the things she loves.

These extraordinary teens stood out


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Responsibility, leadership and drive


are the three words that best describe
Dan Bernstein, a junior at Lexington
High School in Lexington, Mass.
When he is not busy with investment club, class council, varsity swim
team or mock trial, Bernstein can also
be found volunteering for H.O.P.E.
(Helping Out People Everywhere)
and tutoring others. His ambition to
succeed is fueled by a strong desire to
better the world around him, and he
is already doing that by helping others and leading by example. While he
has yet to decide on a college major,
Bernstein is greatly interested in history, environmental studies, sustainability and international studies.

Juliana Batista is a senior at


Algonquin Regional High School
in Southborough, Mass. with a passion for community service and a
love of the arts. Batista says that her
passion, creativity and curiosity are
what fuel her interactions with others. She serves as an elected member
of Regional Health and Wellness
Advisory Board, tutors younger high
school students in math and Spanish,
is actively involved in her church
youth group and also founded Keys
for Kids as a way to share her love of
music with others. Batista credits her
many achievements and continued
success to a strong support system of

Adrianna Burnham of Proctor


Junior-Senior High School in Proctor,
Vt. enjoys listening to others, giving
advice and most of all, putting others
before herself. She is actively involved
in a number of organizations including Vacation Bible School, Upward

nel
Frances Coro

Jas
min
Dav
is

Bound and soccer club. In September


2011, Burnham was nominated to the
New England Student Leadership
Conference where she had the opportunity to put her leadership skills to
use as she led students through a ropes
course and other difficult tasks. After
graduating high school, Burnham
plans to major in psychology and art
in college in order to someday work
with autistic children to help better
their lives.
Andrew Collins believes, You dont
necessarily have to be in a position
of power to make a great change
sometimes it just takes initiative. As a
senior at Portsmouth High School in
Portsmouth, R.I., Collins is passionate
about improving the special education
system. He understands the challenges
of being a student with special needs
and advocates for himself and others as a member of his schools Youth
Action Committee, the Learning
Disability Association of America,
and co-founder of the Rhode Island
Chapter of Autistic Self Advocacy
Network. Collins hopes to one day
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Karolina De
Los Santos

ia
Katelyn Gebb

serve in a position where he can write


new policies for education in the
United States.
With an interest in immunology,
biology and artificial intelligence,
Frances Coronel plans to put these
passions to use in biomedical technology and research. As a junior at
Maury High School in Norfolk, Va.,
Coronel serves as fundraising manager for Spanish Honor Society, is an
active member of National Wildlife
Federation, Sierra Club and a member
of National Society of High School
Scholars. Coronel also serves as copresident of Operation Smile, which
focuses on fundraising to benefit children across the globe in need of cleft
palate surgery. She dreams of one day
finding a cure for worldwide diseases
through research in South America
and/or Africa.
A big voice is Jasmin Davis strongest characteristic. From singing to
speaking out, she uses her talents to
set examples of strength, responsibility and service. Davis is a senior
at Randolph Henry High School in
Saxe, Va. where she is actively involved
in FBLA and SCA, is a member of
the softball team, library club and
the senior planning board. She volunteers at a local nursing home and
local elementary school. After high
school, Davis plans to major in either
pediatrics or psychology in college
and hopes to one day open her own
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Ima
ni N
icho
ls

Bansri Pat
el

practice.
The power of a positive attitude and
open mind can be found in Karolina
De Los Santos, senior at Heritage
High School in Newport News, Va.
De Los Santos is focused on helping
others. Not only is she president of
FBLA, a member of DECA Club and
a member of the varsity softball team,
but she also volunteers at local healthcare fairs. De Los Santos plans to major
in business and eventually become a
pharmaceutical representative, a role
in which she plans to help make prescription medicine more affordable
for low-income families.
Before she heads off to college to
major in political science and law,
Katelyn Gebbia plans to continue
her work as a student, part-time
employee and volunteer in her hometown of Rehoboth Beach, Del. A
junior at Cape Henlopen High School,
Gebbia describes herself as organized, detail-oriented, creative and
fun. She is a member of the National
Honor Society, an ambassador for
the National Society for High School
Scholars, president of the FCCLA
and the debate team, and a member
of John Hopkins Talented and Gifted
Students Program. Gebbia also volunteers for Lullaby House, Inc., is
an English tutor and participates in
Youth in Government League as a
youth senator.

Olivia Sequin

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Rather than spending time on


Facebook or watching television like
many of her peers, Imani Nichols
prefers to spend her time reading
the works of Shakespeare and Robert
Frost. Currently a junior at Sussex
Technical High School in Greenwood,
Del., Nichols keeps herself busy, but
not so busy that she loses sight of
what really mattersmaking a difference. She volunteers at the Bay Health
Medical Center, is a youth leader for
Heritage Christian Cathedral Temple
of Judah (where she participates in
arts and crafts sessions as well as offers
peer tutoring) and serves on the Youth
Philanthropy Board. Nichols plans
to double major in creative writing
(English) and Italian with a minor in
psychology.
Bansri Patel is a student, community leader and role model. Only a
sophomore in Sussex Technical High
School in Delaware, Patel is highly
motivated, determined and ready
for any challenge life may bring. As
if Key Club, math league, Science
Olympiad and Health Occupations
Students of America (HOSA) werent
enough, Patel is also involved in
Student Government and volunteers
at a local hospital. This opportunity
has only helped grow Patels interest
in the medical field and strengthened
the dream of one day becoming a doctor. Currently, Patel is organizing a
service project to help raise money for
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the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer


Society in honor of a fellow classmate
recently diagnosed with cancer.
Olivia Sequin of Sturgis Charter
Public School in South Yarmouth,
Mass. first discovered her love
for leadership during a trip to
Washington D.C. for a People to
People Leadership Program in the
sixth grade. Two years later, Sequin
was selected to receive the Scholar
Leader Award for her school. As a
leader, Sequin believes in the importance of encouragement. She even
developed an initiative called Smile

Cards where students write compliments on cards for other students


in order to encourage one another.
In addition to making others smile
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She founded Olivias Dessert and
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Stop procrastinating, now!


Get a head start on studying
for your next exam
By Sara Rowe

Do you always wait to the very last


minute to study for tests and write
papers? This becomes less realistic in
college, when the papers are longer
and require more research and tests
cover more material. Figure that
youll just be pulling a lot of all nighters? Think again! Procrastinating can
not only affect your ability to do your
best work (and get your best grades),
but can also increase test anxiety and
performance in academic and extracurricular activities because of stress
and lack of sleep.

Why we procrastinate
Its easy to see where procrastination
might be a problem when completing school work. After all, wouldnt
most of us rather go to a movie with
friends or even sleep, instead of starting to study for the massive biology
test we have next week? Adjunct
professor and career counselor Diane
Lang believes that procrastination is
often a result of poor time management skills, commenting that, When
you are overwhelmed or not managing your time wisely, its easy for
you to put off tasks for a later date or
spend time doing things that are not
a priority.
Another problem that intensifies
procrastination is an inability to focus
while attempting to complete work.
Lang suggests that students consider
the following questions about their
work habits and environment: Do
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you have difficulty focusing?


When you sit
down to do work
or study, do you find yourself
daydreaming? Falling asleep,
watching TV, etc.? Is it that your
environment is noisy? Is your desk
cluttered or disorganized? Are you
lying in your bed while studying?

Creating new habits


Creating new, healthy study habits is
key to breaking the cycle of procrastination. Vincent Miskell, the Area
Chair for Humanities of University
of Phoenix, South Florida (www.
phoenix.edu) says that the brain is
conditioned to respond to different situations with certain actions.
Therefore, he recommends students
build study habits using if-then
routines. If it is 3 p.m. on Thursday,
then I will go to the library to do my
biology reading. If it is 7 p.m. Sunday,
I will work on the outline for my
research paper in my room.
Often when faced with large projects,
or a test that covers a lot of material,
it can be easy to get overwhelmed
and push off studying. Break projects into tiny pieces to keep yourself
motivated, suggests Olivia Lindquist
Bowen, the Founder & Director of
Education of the Royston Writing
Institute, Not only is it satisfying to cross something off your list,
but by splitting an assignment into

many small tasks, it will be easier to


motivate yourself to take action. Go
as small as you need to in order to
wipe out excuses. For example, start
studying for a test a week ahead by
dividing the material into sections
and reviewing some each day, leaving
time for a comprehensive review of
all the material before the test.
But how do you keep track of all
these small tasks? Use a calendar or
scheduling software that gives you
enough room for more than just
final deadlines and/or make a list
of tasks that have to be completed
each day. Schedule your days so that
you have enough time for studying,
your job, extracurriculars and hanging out with your friends. If you are
particularly busy with several tests
and papers one week, it might not be
a good time for a Harry Potter movie
marathon with your hall, or you may
find that you have to switch to a class
with a lighter work load so you have
time to study and for your work-study
job at the library.
Bowen also suggests two other techniques for getting dreaded tasks
out of the way. One is known as the
Pomodoro Technique, in which you
have to choose a task and work on
it for 25 minutes without stopping.
Then, take a quick five minute break
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to give your brain a breather before


starting on the next 25 minutes. And
what should you start with? The task
you want to do the least, which will
not only get it out of the way, but also
give you a sense of accomplishment
that will keep you motivated.
Finally, make sure that your study
environment helps you be productive
instead of prone to procrastination.
Make sure your desk or table is tidy
and organized, well lit and comfortable (but not so comfortable that you
fall asleep). Dr. Robert Neuman, former Academic Dean for Marquette
University (www.marquette.edu),
says study times should be noise-free
zones, free of cellphone and texting
interruptionsand Internet socializing. Social lives can be turned back on
when study is finished.
Sara Rowe is a freelance
writer published in various publications for teens
and preteens.

Teen Board Sound Off

Q: Lots of students struggle with procrastination. Do you


have any tips for overcoming procrastination?
I start my assignments
the day they are given.
Also, I bought a planner
so I can see when assignments are due. It helps to plan your
day out by hour to make sure you
have time for everything!
Colton Tobias, senior at
Hamshire-Fannett High
School, Hamshire, Texas

Focus! You are going


to have to do your work
eventually. Why not start
now? No one has ever
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do it. If you focus on your specific
task, with no distractions, you can

finish your work in a timely


manner.
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Careers in public
relations
This fast-paced field is ideal for
outgoing personalities and strong
communication skills
By Valerie Saturen

Every business or organization needs


a good reputation in order to succeed.
Thats why companies, nonprofits,
government agencies, hospitals and
educational institutions all have a
growing demand for public relations
specialists. If you enjoy working with
people and have a way with words,
this could be the career for you.
Public relations specialists build positive relationships between their organization and the public. They write
press releases, contact the media,
coordinate events and stay up to date
on public attitudes and developments
in their field.

Education, skills
Careers in public relations typically
require a bachelors degree, and its
best to major in communications,
journalism or marketing. While in
college, internships are one of the
most valuable ways to gain experience
and network with professionals in the
field. They are often the best routes to
finding your first real job.
Kristina Tirloni is a media/public
relations specialist for TG, a Texas
nonprofit that guarantees student
loans and helps students plan financially for college. At the University
of North Texas (www.unt.edu), she
looked for a major that would suit her
interest in discovering what makes
people tick. She ended up studying
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Vital stats
National average salary:
$51,000
Education: Bachelors
degree in journalism or
communications, along
with real-world experience
through at least one
internship.
Pursue if: You are
outgoing, possess excellent
written and verbal skills
and can think on your feet.

ation, she began an internship with a


small company that later hired her as
an account executive.
Tirloni recommends doing more
than one internship, preferably in
diverse industries, in order to find the
best match. Always be willing to try
something different, she says.
Besides internships, there are many
opportunities for students to gain
real-world experience and start building a writing portfolio. Many local
newspapers have junior writer programs in which high school students
can submit articles and photographs.
Or, try writing for a magazine or
website with a young readership.
Another way to learn about the
industry is joining the student chapter
of a professional association like the
Public Relations Society of America

or the International Association of


Business Communicators.

Typical day
Job descriptions vary with the size
of the company. Within small organizations, one person often handles
many or all of the marketing and
public relations responsibilities,
while employees in larger organizations have more specialized roles.
For example, they might promote
their company online through social
media.
This career involves a great deal
of research and writing. Public
relations specialists keep informed of
new developments by maintaining
files of relevant articles from newspapers and magazines. They also write
publicity materials and editorials for
publication.
In this fast-paced industry, be prepared for long hours, tight deadlines,
unpredictable schedules and constant
pressure to generate new ideas. Public
relations is hectic work that includes
juggling several projects at once and
traveling to attend events or represent
the company at conferences. If a crisis comes up, you may have to work
around the clock until it is resolved.

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tional judgment, creativity and a natural understanding of


peoples desires and motivations.
People skills and a willingness to take the initiative are also
important. As the public face of your company, be prepared
to really put yourself and your company out there.
Tirloni emphasizes, Youve got to be willing to pick up the
phone and talk to somebody youve never met and sell your
message. You have to go out on a limb.
One of the biggest keys to success is flexibility. Be ready
to handle unpredictable situations and build relationships
with people who have different viewpoints.
If something doesnt work out the way you planned, youve
got to be ready for Plan B, says Tirloni.
This field offers an opportunity to exercise your creativity,
build relationships and play a key role in helping an organization succeed.
Valerie Saturen is a freelance writer in Tacoma, Wash.

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Q: I am the first person in


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Can you give me some suggestions for students like
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A: First, dont panic! There are
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your high school guidance counselor as early as your 10th grade


year and ask to see college applications and Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
forms. Getting acquainted with
these early will be beneficial and
familiar to you in your senior
year when you are applying to
college; (b) seek out teachers that
can serve as mentors to you. By
talking to them about the college
admissions process, you are in a
much better position to understand what will be expected of
you. Finally, (c) do not hesitate
to talk with people outside your
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Interview with an
entrepreneur
Maria Pascucci, Founder and
president of Campus Calm TM
By David C. Mammano

In 2001, Maria
Pascucci graduated
summa cum laude
from college with
two majors, a minor,
two part time jobs
and anxiety-induced
health problems. In
response to the pressures she felt as an
ambitious young woman, she founded
Campus CalmTM (www.campuscalm.
com), a leadership development and
empowerment service for young
women. Today, she is an author,
speaker and success coach for women
who want to be in charge without
sacrificing their health or self in the
process.

Mammano: Is your leadership


coaching exclusively for young
women in formal leadership roles?
Pascucci: By in charge we dont
exclusively mean formal, elected leadership roles, but a more encompassing definition of we women in charge
of our own lives, invested in our own
self-growth and self-care, believing
that we can lead by example to positively effect change in the world.

Mammano: Do you think entrepreneurs are born or made?


Pascucci: When I graduated from
college, I never thought Id run my
own business. If you have passion for
an idea and persistence, Im proof
that the rest can be taught.

Mammano: In your
opinion, what are the
top benefits of being
an entrepreneur?
Pascucci: The greatest benefit of being an
entrepreneur is that
you can create a business that
fits into your life, not a life that fits
into your business. You can determine
how much you want to work, when
you work and how much money you
want to earn.

Mammano: What are the


negatives to running your
own business?
Pascucci: The risk is that its all
on you to make it happen! There is
no manager or boss giving you daily
instructions. There is no steady paycheck or even any guarantee of a paycheck. Its risky, but it also empowers
you to believe in yourself and trust
that you can build a business model
that sets you up for success.

Mammano: What are the


traits that you see in successful
entrepreneurs?
Pascucci: Successful, authentic
entrepreneurs are passionate, positive
and persistent. They plan for success
and take baby steps to make it happen.
They see their mistakes as learning
opportunities, not failures. They value
people over profits, even though they
are all, in fact, profitable. They value
collaboration over competition, and

they serve, while not being afraid to


receive in return.

Mammano: What can a high


school student do to learn more
about being an entrepreneur?
Pascucci: They should intern with
an entrepreneur, either in their community or online. My interns teach
me as much as I teach them. They can
also start an entrepreneurship club
at school and invite local entrepreneurs to come in and speak. Finally,
I recommend reaching out to local
colleges that have entrepreneurship
programs; ask if you can shadow one
of their students in class.
Mammano: What advice do
you have for a teenager who is
thinking about becoming an
entrepreneur?
Pascucci: I have learned as a young
entrepreneur to command respect
by giving respect to others, being
confident and maintaining a positive
attitude. Remember that your college major does not define your lifes
journey so relax! Do what you love,
play to your strengths, invest in the
educational and mentorship experiences that are right for you, and success will follow. Oh, and a business
plan doesnt hurt either!
David C. Mammano
is CEO and founder
of NextStepU (www.
NextStepU.com). Email
him at David@NextStepU.com
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THERE
IS
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Careers in the US
Armed Forces
By Jonathan Peters

Whether your interests are in engineering, medicine, law, business or


even broadcasting, the armed services
can provide the resources to pursue a
profession or trade.
Petty Officer James Penney, an engineer in the Navy, as well as a recruiter
now based in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
makes it clear that when you come to
the recruiting office, we cant guarantee jobs, but there are options.
All enlisted recruits meet with a
career counselor who can help place
them on meaningful job training
paths. After basic training, most sailors go onto A schools, which function like apprenticeships, offering
experiential learning in the career of
your choice. Officer Penney chose a
career as an engineer and also trained
as a firefighter, which opened a world
of options. I can go to any state or
base and work as a firefighter, he
says.
Lee Heft, an instructor at the Military
Information School
in Norfolk, Virginia,
trained as a broadcaster. He enlisted in the
Air Force in 1975 after high school
graduation. He joined the Armed
Forces Network (AFN), which is the
militarys worldwide broadcasting
center, while stationed in Guam.
This took him to multiple bases

overseas as a station manager, and a


fruitful career as a teacher after his
discharge.
I dont know as many jobs that translate so well to the civilian world,
says Heft. AFN DJs have at least four
years of experience, and weve done
this in extremely stressful situations.

Typical Day
Expect a day in the life during your
armed services career to mirror that
of the civilian world. Keep in mind
that many careers involve being stationed overseas and in times of war, so
be ready to do your job in unexpected
conditions.
A typical day as a civil engineer
would depend on your branch of
the armed services, your job title
and where you are stationed. A civil
engineer in the Navy may work as a
contract manager; he or she would
spend the day supervising a construction project on base, coordinating
schedules and workers. In contrast, a
civil engineer in the Army Corps of
Engineers could spend the day overseeing the restoration of a protected
region, such as the Florida Everglades.
A career as a DJ on the AFN will
involve the same tasks as a typical
civilian DJ, such as hosting a show,
organizing a playlist, preparing
announcements and managing a
library. Many stations will host news
and entertainment shows as well.

Teen Board Sound Off

Q: Are you considering


joining the military? If so,
what kind of career training
do you hope to get?
Actually, one of my
choices is to join the
Coast Guard, giving me
a great opportunity to
help my country while getting
my education. If I join the Coast
Guard, I would be able to meet a
new group of people who have the
same interest as I do, which would
be a great experience.
Stephanie Wu, junior at
Academy of Our Lady of Guam,
Barrigada, Guam
Responsibilities for a talk show DJ
could involve finding guests, writing
and researching content and using
editing software to finesse pre-recorded spots.

Requirements
Most careers in the armed forces
require a four-year degree from college. Keep in mind the armed forces
often provide scholarships for students
completing their education who will
go on to serve. Most commonly, students use the scholarship provided by
the GI Bill to help pay for college.
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able as well, but are application only.


The Army Nurse Candidate Program
can provide $1,000 a month to complete your bachelor of science degree.
For those who do not want to commit
to years in the service, consider joining the military reserve, where you
still may qualify for the GI Bill scholarship.
Some careers do not require a degree
and are taught through apprenticeship. The Air Force has the
Community College of the Air Force,
which provides both education and
job training for enlisted airmen in
fields such as aircraft maintenance
or telecommunications. Similarly,
the Navy offers enlistees experiential learning through its A schools,
which could entail anything from

submarine to information technology


training.

Salary
Salaries vary for branch of service,
rank and occupation. A new enlisted
recruit with four months of training
will receive a monthly salary of about
$1,400. The amount is higher for officers; they could earn $2,655 a month
upon recruitment, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Keep
in mind service in the military offers
room, board and health insurance as
well as other benefits.

Job Outlook
As long as the United States has need
for a robust military, there will be
positions in the armed forces. In other
words, there is no need to worry.

According to the Bureau of Labor


Statistics, 184,000 people must be
recruited each year to make quota.
While certain branches, such as the
Air Force, have experienced cutbacks
in active duty personnel in recent
years, all are still actively recruiting.
Jonathan Peters is a
freelance journalist
based in Los Angeles.

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Which US Military branch should I join?


By Kate Oczypok

Do you want to serve your country


while making lifelong friends and
exploring your passions? Here is
more information on careers in the
military by branch.

BRANCHES

Army
The Army needs approximately
80,000+ new enlistees each year.
There are hundreds of career
opportunities in the Army, which
offers more options than any other
military branch (and the options
are virtually limitless!).

intelligence, law and medicine and


other scientific careers.

maintain lighthouses and may


combat illicit drug trafficking.

Air Force

National Guard

Look into the U.S. Air Force if you


love to fly. You can also help the
Air Forces flying mission working
as firefighters, aircraft mechanics,
security police or air traffic
controllers.

The National Guard is the oldest


military branch, serving a dual
mission to protect our country at
home and serve abroad.

Marines

Consider the Army to explore


everything from traditional combat roles to computer information
specialist.

If youre a Marine, prepare to be


strong and able. You may either
have to operate a 60-ton tank, set
up a communications outpost or
operate a fighter jet. While the
other branches accept thousands
and thousands of new recruits
annually, the Marines only
accept about 1,500 per year.

Navy

Coast Guard

The Navy recruits over 40,000


people each year to fill openings in
Navy career fields. Look into this if
youre interested in nuclear power,
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Guardsmen bring Army training


and unique civilian skills to the
table, and can be called upon for
combat or to build schools, hospitals or train peacekeepers.

The mission of the Coast


Guard is to protect Americas
coastline and water. They also
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Diversity in athletics
By Chris Bianchi

Q:

How should diversity


play a role in my college
selection?
When selecting a college and an
athletic program, you should look
at several variables if diversity is
one of your top priorities.
College is a perfect time to truly
learn about others and their cultures. We recruited players that
were originally from Guatemala,
Gambia, Mexico, Norway and
Germany. These players were
mixed in with
other athletes
that had different religious beliefs,

political beliefs and ethnic backgrounds.

Q:

How can I investigate


diversity at a college?
It is important for you to feel
comfortable on campus. You can
investigate a college to determine
the importance of diversity on
campus and on sports teams.
Start by asking the admissions
director and/or the coach for percentages on the diversity breakdown of the student body and
the team.
Many high school athletes like to
browse through the team pictures
and rosters to gain more information, instead of asking a coach.

Find out graduation and retention rates for minority students


over the past several recruiting
classes for your sport and others.
Another option is to sit in on
some classes and watch how the
professors interact with the students. You can get a feel for the
true social interaction/environment if you spend a weekend on
campus with the team.
Good luck!
Chris Bianchi is
president of Red
Penguin Athletics
(www.redpenguin
athletics.com), an athlete placement service in upstate New York.

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Give your dorm


room a makeover
By Sara Rowe

Your new home away from home,


your dorm room, will be equipped
with a bed, desk and chair, chest of
drawers and closet. But, it wont have
a lot of personality. That means you
can make your dorm room a place
you will love to spend time in and
where everyone on your hall wants to
hang out! As you reflect on what you
might need to decorate your dorm,
dollar signs might be flashing before
your eyes, but it is possible to do it on
a budget!
In fact, interior designer Merri Cvetan
has decorated dorm rooms completely
with items she has found at secondhand stores like Goodwill.

to add color and personality to


your dorm.
Zazzle.com offers one of the largest
selections of posters on the Internet,
from movie posters to prints of artwork, starting under $10. You can also
create your own poster designs.
If you want to display photos of your
friends and family in a cool way, CVS
allows you to create a collage poster
(starting at $11.99), and other items
by uploading your photos at the CVS
photo center online (www.cvsphoto
center.com) or at an in-store kiosk.
Cathy Hobbs, celebrity designer, also
has the following suggestion: While
it may be unrealistic to paint walls,
removable stickers are a wonderful and extremely decorative option.
There are numerous patterns, graphics
and colors galore!

Here are some of her tips for


decorating on a budget:
Start with a color scheme. Cvetan
always starts in the linen department
of Goodwill to find a bedspread or
duvet cover. This will determine the
color scheme, she says.Then, it will
be much easier to find coordinating
accessories.

After you pick a bedspread, coordinate


your other items by keeping them
neutral or in the same color scheme.

Make sure that everything you


purchase is still in good condition and
washable. Sheets for your bed might
be one thing you should consider
buying new.

Pick out some fun throw rugs that


will jazz up your room, Hobbs says.
Also, you can find inexpensive bath
mats in all kinds of colors and
patterns.

Think artsy
You wont have a lot of floor space,
but you will have plenty of blank wall
space, so take advantage of it! Using
posters is an easy and inexpensive way

Coordinate your space

If your walls have corkboards, cover


them with sample wallpaper pieces or
an inexpensive piece of fabric to have
a fun surface for posting pictures, your
calendar and other items.

Pick up some extra sheets or scarves


that match with your color scheme.
They can be used to hang on walls,
cover a mismatched table or chairs
and as curtains.
Buy a funky collapsible chair or two
to create a seating area in your dorm in
sight of your TV. Add throw pillows,
a lamp and a small table or container
covered with a piece of
fabric and you are all set to entertain!

Tips to remember
In the tight space of a college dorm
room, one of your best allies is organization. Find baskets, plastic containers
and desk and closet organizers to keep
everything organized and easy to find.
Feng Shui consultant Tess Whitehurst
says, keeping your room as clutterfree as possible will help you psychologically to feel clear, awake and alert
while youre studying. It will also
make your room more appealing to
visitors.
Art doesnt have to be confined to
the wall! Bring your own creativity
into the room with some DIY projects.
Make your own throw pillows, decorate a plain lampshade to match your
room or make your own photo collage
or scrapbook with memories from
home.
Sara Rowe is a freelance
writer published in various
publications for teens and
preteens.
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Calendar of events

Mar 1 - Hampton University, Regular Application


Deadline, Office of Admission 757-727-5329,
www.hamptonu.edu
Mar 3, Apr 24 - 26 - Regis College, Information
Session, College Hall 202, admission@regiscollege.edu,
www. regiscollege.edu/undergraduate_programs/register
Mar 22 25, Liberty University, College For A Weekend, www.libertycfaw.com
Mar 31 - Bowie State University, Open House, Martin
Luther King, Jr. Arts and Communications Center, 301860-3415, bowiestate.edu/about/visiting/
Mar 31 - West Liberty University, Open House,
866-WESTLIB, www.westliberty.edu/admissions/visit/
Apr - Radford University, Campus Tours Daily 10&2/
Sat 10&12, Martin Hall 1st Floor, (540)831-5371,
admissions@radford.edu
Apr - Stevenson University, Information Sessions and
Tours (M-F, Select Sats), Owings Mills Campus, 877-4686852 or admissions@stevenson.edu
Apr 13, 20, 27 - Liberty University, Friendly
Friday,Visitors Center, 434-582-2064, www.liberty.edu
Apr 14 - Virginia Commonwealth University,
Block Party, www.ugrad.vcu.edu/index.html
Apr 20 - West Liberty University, Black and Gold Day,
866-WESTLIB, www.westliberty.edu/admissions/visit/
Apr 28 - Trinity Washington University, Accepted
Students Day, Trinity Center, admissions@trinitydc.edu
or (202)884-9400/(800)492-6882, www.trinitydc.edu

Ad Index
Army National Guard............................................................. 20
The Art Institutes........................................................................35
ARMHER Security for Women..........................................15
Bowie State University............................................................. 17
Concord University......................................................................8
Everest............................................................................................... 25
Hampton University...................................................................11
Hofstra University........................................................................3
Iona College................................................................................... 30
Liberty University.................................. Inside Front Cover
Lincoln College of Technology..............................................9
Lincoln Culinary Institute......................................................9
Morgan State University.................................... Back Cover
The Ocean Corporation.......................................................... 36
Radford University.....................................................................12
Regent University........................................................................14
Regis College................................................................................. 27
Salisbury University................................................................. 29
Stevenson University...................................................................5
Trinity Washington University.......................................... 29
U.S. Marine Corps...................................................................... 32
Virginia Commonwealth University................................. 7
West Virginia Wesleyan University..................................19
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Quotes to live by
If you want to be happy, set a goal that
commands your thoughts, liberates your
energy and inspires your hopes.
Andrew Carnegie
Kind words can be short and easy to
speak, but their echoes are endless.
Mother Teresa
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