Earlier this month, we learned that Malia Obama, oldest daughter of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, will attend Harvard University, but only after first taking a gap year (also known as a bridge year). This type of educational trajectory has traditionally been more common in Europe, but Harvard actually encourages the practice, and around 100 of their students choose to take advantage of the option each year.
Much of the next election will be centered around which candidate can provide the best path for new jobs and a growing economy. Some candidates have promised 4 percent growth every year. Others say the answer lies in massive government spending on infrastructure repair. Now, a group of U.S. companies has decided not to wait for the next president: they call themselves the 100K Opportunities Initiative.
Last winter, President Obama began discussing his plan for keeping America (and Americans) educated and competitive in an ever-expanding global economy. In light of the high cost of tuition, his idea to offer two years of community college for free was exciting to many, but others were concerned about how the federal government could afford such a program.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been making plenty of headlines over the past few months. Between a grassroots campaign (unsuccessfully) demanding her run for president; a spat with Jamie Dimon, the head of JPMorgan Chase; and the demand for student loan reform, she continues to assert herself as a progressive champion. But is there hard data to vindicate the ideals that have garnered her a cult following?
It can be really difficult to cope with disappointment when you have your heart set on something. For a lot of young people, the first really big letdown of life comes with being denied by their college of choice. Also, it's common for students to have a difficult time coping with the admissions process when they receive rejection letters from a number of schools. This can make it feel as though plans A-G are out, and a new vision must take shape instead, which is a trying process. All of the disappointment can be really tough to take, but there is a bright side and it's all going to be okay. Here are some tips to help you through.
A recent Georgetown University report on employee training trends and spending claims that the least experienced American workers are often the ones who ironically receive the least postsecondary job training from employers and educational institutions. "Employer training trends to be for the most experienced and most educated employees," summarizes lead author Anthony Carnevale of the study's revelations.
For many college freshmen, this is an exciting time of year. With the first semester behind you, your first round of exams accomplished, and your first big break wrapping up, it's time to head back to school, a place that's hopefully feeling more and more like a second home every day. Whether you’re a brand-new student just starting out this semester, or a returning freshman, these tips should help you succeed, and enjoy, as you set off on the first phase of your college career.