Archive for the ‘education’ Category

Finals Week

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

103060359_47Is it just me or do people overreact a little when it comes to final exams? I mean sure they’re important and all, but I’ve seen people take some pretty drastic measures as that joyous time of the year comes around. By all means study for them and try your best, but I’ve found there’s a line between obsessing with perfection and compromising mental health. Whether that’s due to the academic stress culture which is rampant on any college campus or not I can’t say, but I for one will not be cancelling my Netflix subscription over the next 4 weeks. Here are some tips for straddling this notoriously turbulent period of the college calendar: (more…)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Applying to college

There really is not reason for not applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Firstly, it’s free. The worst that can happen is a decision not to award money to a student which has come at the cost of $0 and a very short amount of time filling out a form. The best thing, on the other hand, is a surprising sum of money to lighten the load of college tuition. (more…)

The Freshman 15…

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

 

Pizza

Pizza via Flickr: rob_rob2001

I can smell the Turkey in the oven and will undoubtedly be feeling it on my hips and cheeks for several weeks after I’ve eaten it. Yes: it is Thanksgiving, and no: nutritional guidelines will not be obeyed today. This time of year can be difficult for managing one’s weight because of all the commercialized, incentivized mass-eating we tend to indulge ourselves in. But there are ways to escape the cycle at Thanksgiving and on the life-in-general level. You can have your cake and eat it too AND not feel too guilty about it… (more…)

Choosing the Right Classes

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Girl with stack of booksIt’s the daunting task of every undergraduate at a liberal arts college: selecting a handful of classes from the potential hundreds or thousands that are on offer. There’s no formula for it – and I certainly haven’t got the best strategy – but there are a couple strategies that make the start of the semester a less hectic process. (more…)

Finding a Balance: Working Hard and Playing Hard

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Girl with stack of booksLaboris gloria ludis.  The glory of the games, and of work.  We must be exactly like the Romans: they have mottos, we have mottos.  They played, we play.  They worked, we work.  Yeah, we must be exactly like the Romans.

Well, since we’re like the Romans, since we want to be like the Romans, we should ask how they found a balance.  And since we’re talking about school work here, not career work or working with our hands, we should ask what they thought schola was.  But since that would take some schooling, let’s just focus on three key things we all know from…school.

First, only the Roman elite went to school; it was the luxury of a few.  It was not at all mandatory as it is in the United States today.  Second, they paid, and they paid large sums.  In the late Republic and in the Empire, the educational arrangement had moved from a personal, family-centered affair to a structure involving tuition (itself a Latin word related to tutelage).  It was the luxury of a few.  Third, there was a more or less set curriculum that all students were expected to undertake by passing through more or less established stages: literature, grammar, rhetoric, philosophy. (more…)