Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Dec 23, 2013 - 09:10 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

While reflecting on the students our counselors work with this holiday season, it occurred to us that we receive a great deal from them every day. It’s only fitting that during the “season of giving,” we appreciate what they’ve given us.   Inspiration   Melissa didn’t know what her college major should be. Working with one of our counselors helped her finally settle on a career in music. It isn’t one of those career-oriented STEM subjects grabbing headlines, but it’s what she wanted to do. It was her passion.   This summer, Melissa... More

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 - 10:45 AM | Online Classes | Comments (0)

Although online classes don’t get as much credit as their traditional counterparts, a majority of college presidents say they’re just as good – or better.   Unfortunately, less than a third of the public agrees with them. They prefer the traditional model of face time with the professor.   Students who took both fall in between: 39% of students say online classes are the same or better than traditional classes.   The Department of Education found that online classes can be more effective than traditional classes, but says that courses that combined onsite... More

Posted on Dec 09, 2013 - 10:25 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

Most colleges and high schools don’t offer classes in student loan debt, so we’ll offer a primer.   ·        The average college graduate in 2011 had $27,000 in student loan debt. ·        Two-thirds of graduates had more than $34,000 in debt. ·        10% had more than $40,000 in debt. ·        College graduates, or far less than half the country, owe more in student loans than the entire country owes in c... More

Posted on Dec 02, 2013 - 10:10 AM | Applying to College | Comments (0)

Difficult Choices Choosing the right college for you is among the most difficult choices you've ever had to make, so it's difficult to get all the information you need into one blog post, but below are some of the most important things you should consider:   Two Tips on Selecting a College   ·        Don’t focus on just one college. You may have always wanted to go to Harvard or Ohio State, but there are thousands of colleges out there (more than 4,000 in the United States alone). By using criteria that’s import... More

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 - 09:35 AM | Applying to College | Comments (0)

Some mistakes are so small they slip under the radar and some are so common people look for them all the time, which is exactly what college admissions counselors do when they receive your application – they look for certain mistakes.   And these are mistakes you don’t want to make on one of the most important applications of your life – the one that will get you into the college of your dreams.   CommonCollege Application Errors     Application Essay Too Smooth. After reading thousands of application essays, admissions officers know how 17 an... More

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 - 10:45 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

There’s a big push these days among parents, teachers, and guidance counselors for students to personalize their education – to take classes that are meaningful to them, develop a unique list of colleges that suit their needs and embark on a career path all their own.   We couldn't agree more. At a time when schools are struggling to meet student needs, it's a good idea to personalize your education. Try the following tips to get started:   5 Tools to Personalize Your High School Education   Learning Style Inventory. Determe your learning s... More




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