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Checking in on Your 2012 Resolutions and Goals

Bellesi Barbara | January 6, 2012

Hey kids, it’s your friendly CollegeBound Network bloggers here. How ya feeling in this new year so far? By now, you probably have your college applications finished and submitted by now, and if not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Sorry, that’s what we’re here for. To give you some tough love about the college admissions process. We want to see you succeed in your college goals, and it if means we have to use our Caps Lock key every once in a while, we will.

Join us on Monday for our first #collegebound chat in 2012. We’ll dish about all the stuff that’s on college-bound students’ minds these days. See you there!

(And just to toot our own horns, the folks behind the Plan for College blog think we’re pretty cool! Thanks, guys!)

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How did my true love ever guess that I wanted three French hens today?

Although I can do without the non-stop Christmas music on the radio, I am NOT ready to say goodbye to my favorite time of the year. And luckily, I don’t have to! After all, there are 12 days of Christmas, just like the song tells us. And as Shakespeare’s play tells us, Twelfth Night was a pretty fun party all those centuries ago.

I will stubbornly leave my Christmas tree and decorations out until January 5, the day that the 12 drummer drumming are due to arrive from my true love. Feel free to celebrate those 12 days right along with me, thanks to this college-themed version of that golden Christmas oldie. Merry Christmas!

The Twelve Days of a (College-Bound) Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….
One perfect college essay.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Two March Madness finalists.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Three-year undergrad programs.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Four-year college scholarships.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
FIVE OLYMPIC HOPEFULS.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Six frat boys a-scheming

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Seven days of parties

On the eight day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Eight hours of sleep.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Nine ways of paying (my tuition).

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Ten uses for ramen noodles.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
11 AM classes (more sleep!)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Twelve hours in the library.


–Barbara Bellesi

Happy Chanukah from The CollegeBound Network!

Bellesi Barbara | December 20, 2011

We’d like to wish all of our Jewish friends a very Happy Chanukah!

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MIT to Offer Online Certificate Courses

Bellesi Barbara | December 19, 2011

Exciting news out of Cambridge, MA today–the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning to offer open online certificate courses through its new e-learning venture, MITx.

Millions of students have already taken advantage of the free lectures and course materials offered through MIT’s OpenCourseWare, but the school is upping the ante big time by offering certificates of completion of the coursework–not to mention pouring “millions of dollars” into the initiative, said MIT’s provost L. Rafael Reif (as reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education).

MIT was already a leader in the open-education movement a decade ago, but MITx is set to go far beyond simply posting videos and syllabi online. According to The Chronicle, although the first class has not yet been announced for the spring, the scope of the courses will be similar to those that attract hundreds of students to the on-campus lectures.

So does this mean you can earn an MIT certificate without moving to Cambridge? Not exactly. The certificate would be awarded under a different name, not MIT. But don’t let the lack of the MIT name lead you to believe that these classes are easy–hard work will be required of you, just like it is of the MIT students.

As of now, MIT does not have plans to offer online degree programs, but the increased breadth of open coursework is certainly indicative of the school’s interest in having a widespread audience for its curricula.

–Barbara Bellesi

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Here’s some news to made you smile on a Monday: President Obama met this morning with a small group of college and university administrators to discuss the soaring costs of higher education. Although this close-door meeting is considered an unusual one, not to mention a last-minute one, it couldn’t come at a better time, as student debt is quickly heading towards the $1 trillion threshold.

While the complete list of those invited to this meeting is unknown, Inside Higher Ed is reporting that the following colleges were being represented, and it’s quite a cross section: State University of New York, University of Texas System, University System of Maryland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, California State University at Long Beach, Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana), Carnegie Mellon University, Berea College, and Western Governors University.

It should be interesting to see what comes of this meeting, but for now, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Join us today at 4pm ET for a Twitter chat on this and other hot topics in higher education.

–Barbara Bellesi

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College-Bound Kids Say the Darndest Things on Twitter

Bellesi Barbara | November 30, 2011

We’re back with one of our favorite recurring blog topics! Take a look at some of the interesting, thought-provoking, or just plain silly things that college-bound students are tweeting about these days:

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Happy Thanksgiving from The CollegeBound Network!

Bellesi Barbara | November 23, 2011

We’re off Thursday and Friday to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with our families, but we wanted to take a moment and say how thankful we are for all of YOU! Yes, college-bound students, we appreciate each and every one of you. You make our jobs fun and rewarding, and we love that we get to join you on your journey to college.

We hope that you enjoy this little respite from homework and the often-chaotic college admissions process. See you on Monday, when we host another installment of #collegebound chat. Happy Thanksgiving!

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