Did you know that Mangroves are the most productive CO2 absorbing trees on the planet? Before I began studying Environmental Biology, I had no idea what a Mangrove was. Environmental Biology is at the forefront of just about every discussion today. From "going green" to developing new medicines, peope are looking to nature in ways they never have before.
So, what is new in the world of college news? Applications, SATs and ACTs are all coming up...that is what. If that doesn't have you scared then you are not applying to schools, you don't have kids or you simply don't care. College admissions are tougher than they have ever been. The baby boomer generation has brought with them their boom of children and this trend is going to decrease in the years ahead, but for students looking to enter college today, this is bad news. Schools that were a walk in the park to gain admission to 15 years ago today require top scores and marks in class. So, what is a student to do to stand out in the crowd? What most students do not realize is that there are thousands of schools and universities around the United States. Many are a better fit for a particular student than the schools they think they want to go to because of what their parents have told them or that they have heard about from their friends.
One thing students can do is to plan ahead. While this is about as much fun as pulling teeth, it is something that can pay dividends for the rest of their lives. Involving themselves in extra-curriculur activities, taking AP courses, voluteering, working in their field of interest and seeking the help of a professional college counselors can all help tremendously. Test preparation is another key to help students stand out. Many simply have trouble dealing with the pressure and the questions that are asked on tests like the SAT and ACT subject tests. Learning the proper test taking methods can be the difference between excelling and flopping. Of course, you don't want to drop the ball at the last minute. You need to create a great college application essay or personal statement to catch the admissions officer's eye.