On Being a Student (in an Institution…)

Before I get around to talking about being a student in an institution¬†(I write about being a student outside of an institution later), I would like you to consider three kinds of machines and how they differ: a hammer, a photocopier, and a computer. These three kinds of machines represent three levels of complexity. ThreeContinue reading “On Being a Student (in an Institution…)”

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Understanding Four- vs. Six-Year College Graduation Rates

If you’ve been shopping for colleges you might have read about four and six year graduation rates. These rates are indicators of what percentage of entering freshmen finish college four years after starting and what percentage finish six years after starting. Graduation rates beyond six years aren’t followed very closely, as most students finish within six years orContinue reading “Understanding Four- vs. Six-Year College Graduation Rates”

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Choosing a College or Major

I’ve been reading a variety of blogs about the process of choosing a college and major and feel that none of them really get to the point. All of them seemed concerned with long term happiness, though, which is a good place to start. One Forbes article advises students to identify their passions and makeContinue reading “Choosing a College or Major”

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