college life

Should I Be Changing My Major?

I’ve been seriously thinking about changing my major lately.  Yes, part of the reason is the horrible things physics (a C last fall) and organic chemistry (also a C last fall, looks like I am headed for another C this spring) have done to my GPA.  Two years ago I was on the dean’s’ list for my GPA of 3.75.  It fell to 3.2 in the fall semester.  Ouch!

Physics I just didn’t understand.  I spent the last half of that class wondering Why is this required for me? and Who thinks of these things anyway?  Organic chemistry is very interesting, and I do understand it, but it is a true case of information overload.

There is just so much new stuff in each chapter, and the professor makes some really tough tests.  Considering almost a third of the class either dropped or flunked the fall semester, I am really not doing too badly.  It’s just hard to see my GPA dwindle like this.

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Looking For A Great College in Connecticut?

Now you’ve finally completed your high school education and college is calling! I hope you’ve applied to the right school for YOU. That’s what matters. It’s not only about reputation, name, or fame. Most of the schools listed here are offering their academic courses both on-campus and online.

So if you’ve been accepted at another college, check out the schools anyway to see how their online courses may help you achieve your academic dreams. So let’s take a look at some of the Best Colleges in Connecticut.

Yale University – Yale is arguably one of the best-known universities in the world, together with the likes of Harvard in the US and Oxford and Cambridge in the UK and is the third oldest university in the United States.

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Where to Obtain a Wildlife Management Degree?

Wildlife management is the art and science of balancing the needs of wildlife – mammals, birds, fish, even plants – with those of humans. Wildlife management covers such things as game keeping, conservation, and even pest control.

As more and more people have become aware of the need to monitor the environment, in general, it has become a recognized science and those wishing to pursue a career in the area can now pursue degrees in wildlife management to gain a solid footing in the basics.

Which Schools Offer a Wildlife Management Degree?

As it is a relatively new subject for study it is not wildlife management is not yet a commonly offered course across the college campuses of the US. There are however a growing number of institutions offering students the chance to pursue a wildlife management degree at varying different levels.

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Should You Consider a Foreign Exchange Student Program?

Experiencing another country first hand can be a great way to learn all about another culture as well as to improve your grasp of a foreign language. For years now various foreign exchange student program offerings have been helping students from all over the world to do just that while offering host families the chance to learn just as much from their guests as the students do from them.

How does a Foreign Exchange Student Program Work?

There are a number of different organizations that match students with host families in various different countries but the way they all basically work is very similar. Many of those entering a foreign country are still in high school in their homeland and by becoming a foreign exchange student they will get to experience how other kids are educated by attending the school where their host family lives.

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Which are the Best Colleges in Colorado?

Colorado – The Rocky Mountain State – is home to a number of excellent colleges. Given the number of different colleges in Colorado, it may be hard to determine which the best colleges in Colorado are since every student has their own unique needs.

However, there are certain colleges in Colorado that enjoy a fabulous reputation for excellence both within the state and out. Here is a little information about a few of those schools that vie for the best colleges in Colorado crown:

Best Colleges in Colorado – Colorado School of Mines – The Colorado School of Mines is located in Golden, Colorado and has been in existence since 1873. In the 21st century, it is possibly the most selective institution of higher learning in Colorado and only the best students are accepted.

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Colleges clamp down on cheaters

On today’s technology-driven campuses, cheating is easier than ever, from sharing test answers via wireless devices to creating cut-and-paste term papers directly from the Net.

Now, educators are battling back with an arsenal of high-tech countermeasures — anti-plagiarism software, biometrics (thumbprints and retina scanning) to ensure test-taker identity, among others — to help curb academic dishonesty.

This summer, thousands of universities nationwide are rolling out programs to detect student work that may have been copied from the Net or from other students’ papers. High schools are putting into place computer technology that ensures that students using the Net for research are forced to cite their sources.

‘’There’s a combination of technology tools and strategies that teachers have in their quivers now to offset the concern with cheating,’’ says Don Knezek, director of the National Center for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology, a division of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Colleges and the smartphone wave

Sure, there may be students among the 15,000-plus undergraduates at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, who don’t carry a smartphone. But “I haven’t seen them,” says campus telecommunications director Tom Walsh.

Indeed, smartphones have insinuated themselves into campus life in a relatively short time. Some 93% of college students had one last spring, says market-research company Student Monitor, based on a survey of 1,200 four-year full-time students on 100 college and university campuses. Three years earlier that number was 84%.

That’s light-years away from his day, Walsh says, when a pay phone at each end of the residence hall was the link to the outside world.

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Wired competition

Wired competition

Dan Reed, IT chief at the Univerity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says focus on technology prepares students for a wired world. “You have to keep up with the Joneses,” he says. “Students expect high-speed internet and high-bandwidth information, and if you can’t deliver it, you’re at a competitive disadvantage.”

Gazing intently at his laptop in the student union’s basement, Varkey was making the most of UNC’s wireless Web access one day this month: firing off instant messages, reviewing an anatomy assignment and checking his bank balance.

Just nine miles down Highway 15/501 in Durham, Duke University had been feeling a bit of a technology inferiority complex some years ago. So about a decade ago, it seized national headlines by spending $500,000 to give each of its 1,650 incoming freshmen a free Apple iPod digital music player.

Some Duke students were using the popular iPods to practice foreign language dialects, record scripts for theater classes or analyze music in engineering labs, and professors have been encouraged to tape lectures and post them online.

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Gadgets rule on college campuses

From Beginning to End, Technology Revolutionizes the College Experience

Today’s college students lug onto campus just as much technology as footlockers, luggage, boxes, and books. Not only do most students have laptops or PCs, but practically all carry smartphones with Internet access, instant messaging, and film and picture-taking functions.

Then, there are those with iPods, MP3 players and a gaggle of other gadgets that keep them occupied nearly 24/7 — as the slang goes. Staying connected is a cinch for students whether they are in the dorm, library, classroom, coffee shop or sprawled on the campus green.

Most university and college campuses are able to keep up. The Campus Computing Project, which has studied the role of computing and information technology in American higher education since 1990, found 75.2% of college courses with a web page in 2014, compared with only 34.2% in 2001; also, use of e-mail in college courses tripled again between 2004 and 2016 (30.1% vs. 91.1%) as did the number of college courses using Internet-based resources, such as listing URLs in a course syllabus (37,4% in 2001 vs. 87.4% in 2001).

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Do colleges look down on half days in your senior year?

Short answer

Yes.

Long answer:

As I mentioned earlier, colleges primarily look at your junior year academics when making a decision about you. But that doesn’t make your senior year unimportant at all.

Let’s put it this way. Say you’re an employer trying to decide who to hire. You look at one person’s application and see that he was a great worker at his current job, but you find out that once he had the prospect of being hired by you, he stopped working as hard and kind of turned a blind eye to things. The other person kept on working strong, even with a decent chance of being hired by you. Who would you hire?
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