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December 12, 2012
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  • How to help high-schoolers who procrastinate on college essays
    Parents often think their high-school seniors procrastinate on college admissions essays for one of three reasons: They're not ready to face the reality of leaving home, they're too immersed in senior year nostalgia to plan ahead or they simply can't figure out what to write, college adviser Lee Bierer suggests. "As parents, it's hard to know when and how to nag and when to toss in the towel," Bierer writes. "Is there such a thing as effective nagging? Yes, but parents need to understand what motivates their child and also what may lie behind the procrastination." The Charlotte Observer (N.C.)/Countdown to College (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. governor proposes tuition break for certain majors
    Gov. Rick Scott is proposing that Florida's 12 state universities aim to attract more students to majors in high-demand fields such as science and engineering by offering a three-year tuition freeze in those areas. The plan is being opposed by those who believe it will harm education in the humanities, but supporters say it will prepare more students for today's job market. In addition, Scott is asking that the state's 28 colleges (formerly known as community colleges) offer $10,000 bachelor degrees, an initiative introduced last year by Gov. Rick Perry in Texas. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How can students improve their online image for college admissions?
    High-school students who have a positive online presence could improve their chances of admission to college, while those with a negative or inappropriate online presence could be harming their chances, some experts say. "When somebody types your name into Google, what shows up in search results will be the main impression they have of you as an individual," said Tadd Rosenfeld, CEO of marketing firm Dual Eagle. Among the ways students can improve their online presence are by first Googling themselves to find out what others see and coming up with a deliberate social media strategy, experts suggest. U.S. News & World Report/Best Colleges blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • College students offer insight on choosing a career path
    In this blog post, college students Abigail Hansen, a University of Minnesota freshman studying animal science, and Michael Campbell, a College of William and Mary sophomore pursuing international relations, share advice with readers about choosing a career path. "My major choice was based, to some extent, on 'industry growth,' but to a much greater extent on personal preference," Campbell writes. The two also weigh in on the importance of standardized test scores for college admissions and scholarships among international students. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Choice blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Job seekers: Internships could be your best ticket to employment
    About 69% of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time positions to their interns this year, according to a new survey of more than 7,300 students, recent graduates and human resources and recruitment professionals. "These results tell us that at a time when 54% of recent graduates are unemployed or underemployed, the best chance you have as a student not to be part of that statistic is to do an internship," said Stuart Lander of, which conducted the survey. Forbes/Leadership blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do cash incentives encourage on-time college graduation?
    Officials in Ohio are considering adopting some of the recommendations of the Complete College Ohio Task Force, which released a report last month proposing tuition rebates, loan forgiveness and similar benefits for Ohio students who earn college degrees -- with acceptable grade point averages -- in four years. In 2002, about 30% of Ohio's full-time students in public universities had finished college in four years, while 60% took six years, notes nonprofit Complete College America. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • Apply for the Induction Recognition Award!
    The Induction Recognition Award recognizes members who have attended their Induction Convocation and are active participants in their chapters. NSCS will award 30 NSCS members $1,000 each through the Induction Recognition Award. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • University at Buffalo Chapter hosts study break session
    With finals approaching, many NSCS chapters are hosting study break sessions to buckle down and prepare for their exams. The University at Buffalo NSCS chapter is hosting a "relaxing study break session" to promote a stress-free study environment with members. The chapter will provide snacks and games for members to participate in together. Learn more about the University at Buffalo chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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