Posts Tagged ‘education’

The Freshman 15…

Monday, December 22nd, 2014



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…)

How to Score High on the GRE Verbal Section

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

(Part 1: If you have >4 months)

Intro to the GRE Verbal Scale and how it’s used

The GRE is a little different from the SAT or the ACT.  The new scale, from 130-170 in one-point increments (since 2011), is based around the theory that smaller differences in score will be viewed by colleges as what they are: small.  This way, the test-makers reason, people won’t go so nuts.  Of course, ETS would also encourage colleges and universities to not use any score as a “cut-off score…for denying admission.”  These are two points in a five-point “should and should not” list that the test-makers published in what can only be seen as an attempt to control the normative standards surrounding the GRE.   Fortunately or unfortunately, their five “shoulds” are already largely ignored, as seen in point 4: “Test scores should not be added together.” (more…)