Stanford summer reading list

The 3 books Stanford is asking incoming freshmen to read over the summer

“The Three Books program is designed to introduce you to the experience of reading, thinking, and talking about challenging subjects as a member of Stanford’s intellectual community,” professor Noah Diffenbaugh wrote to the class of 2021.

Diffenbaugh, the faculty moderator of the program and a professor of earth system science, said this year’s theme was on sustainability and equity.

“All three of these books have had a deep impact on me and my thinking,” he wrote. “And, just as each of these books offers a sense of hope and optimism amid extremely challenging circumstances, I am optimistic that in discussing these challenges we can help each other find a sense of hope for the future!” he continued.

Want to know which books are on the list? Go to this link.

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Preparing ‘Emerging Adults’ for College & Beyond

Great article by the NY Times discussing Preparing ‘Emerging Adults’ for College and Beyond.

Dr. Ginsberg works with clients on lack of emotional readiness and academic and “adulting” skills, as well as on social anxiety — issues that can become more apparent in college and can lead to students’ lives’ unraveling.

So how can a person develop these skills? In the article there is a list of “exposure tasks” to help students develop strategies for coping with possible challenges and “assertively get their needs met, or manage circumstances that do not go the way that they wished,” Dr. Ginsberg said.

Some of these tasks may seem oddly fundamental, and they aren’t all relevant to everyone. For example, Dr. Ginsberg may ask a perfectionist to turn in an imperfect assignment, she said, “so that they learn to tolerate the anxiety — that it was not so bad after all, that the outcome does not define them and that the incident did not propel catastrophic consequences, as they might have predicted.”

Academic Readiness Challenges:

  • Adhere to a schedule consistently.
  • Ask for help with or clarification on an assignment or test material.
  • Walk into a class that’s already begun, rather than skipping it because you were running late.
  • Speak to your teacher or professor after class.
  • Make a phone call and ask basic (including “obvious” or “awkward”) questions.
  • Call and make your own doctor and dentist appointments.

So….are you ready?


UChicago Releases Essay Questions

The University of Chicago has long been renowned for its provocative essay questions. They can be approached with utter seriousness, complete fancy, or something in between.

Each year UChicago emails newly admitted and current College students and asks them for essay topics. Below are this year’s questions.

Essay Option 2 and 5 are my personal favorites! What are yours?

2017-18 UChicago Supplement:
Question 1 (Required):
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.

Question 2 (Optional):
Share with us a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, blogs, magazines, or newspapers. Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of your own.

Extended Essay Questions:
(Required; Choose one)

Essay Option 1.
“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert

Sometimes, people talk a lot about popular subjects to assure ‘victory’ in conversation or understanding, and leave behind topics of less popularity, but great personal or intellectual importance. What do you think is important but under-discussed?

-Anonymous Suggestion

Essay Option 2.
Due to a series of clerical errors, there is exactly one typo (an extra letter, a removed letter, or an altered letter) in the name of every department at the University of Chicago. Oops! Describe your new intended major. Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore? Potential options include Commuter Science, Bromance Languages and Literatures, Pundamentals: Issues and Texts, Ant History… a full list of unmodified majors ready for your editor’s eye is available here:

-Inspired by Josh Kaufman, Class of 2018

Essay Option 3.
Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Heart! Captain Planet supposes that the world is made up of these five elements. We’re familiar with the previously-noted set and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world.

-Inspired by Dani Plung, Class of 2017

Essay Option 4.
The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.” Tell us about your “armor.”

-Inspired by Adam Berger, Class of 2020

Essay Option 5.
Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something that you love not in spite of but rather due to its quirks or imperfections.

-Inspired by Alex Serbanescu, Class of 2021

Essay Option 6.
In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose your own question or choose one of our past prompts. Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.


Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students

Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes

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There has been a lot of news over the last 2 days on Harvard’s decision to rescind offers to at least 10 students. Read the full article from The Harvard Crimson – highlights below.

Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat.

The description for the official Facebook group for the Class of 2021, set up and maintained by the Admissions Office, disclaims all administrative responsibility for “unofficial groups” and warns members their admissions offers can be rescinded under specific circumstances.

“As a reminder, Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions including if an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character,” the description reads.

Harvard admitted 5.2 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021, accepting 2,056 of the nearly 40,000 total applicants. Roughly 84 percent of students invited to join the class accepted their offer, marking the highest yield rate in recent memory.



Taking SAT Subject Tomorrow? What Students Need to Know for Test Day

SAT Subject: What Students Need to Know for Test Day

Must Bring

  • Their admission ticket (sign in to print ticket)
  • Acceptable photo ID
  • Two No. 2 pencils
  • An approved calculator

Can Bring

  • A watch without an audible alarm
  • A drink and/or snack for the break

Do Not Bring

  • Tablets, computers, cameras, or most other electronic devices
  • Highlighters, pens, colored pencils
  • Books or papers
  • Be sure to review phone and electronic device policy.


  • They should arrive at the test center by 7:30 a.m.
  • SAT Subject Tests™ end around 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., or 12:30 p.m., depending on whether they are taking one, two, or three tests.


Band School Profile: Um guia para as universidades estrangeiras

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Muitos perguntam como as universidades estrangeiras vêem o Band e o rigor acadêmico do colégio.

As universidades pedem o “School Profile” para entender melhor o colégio. Esse perfil serve como um resumo do Band incluindo as aceitações recentes dos alunos.

Acabamos de atualizar o nosso Band School Profile e ele agora está disponível no site do Band: Band School Profile

Vale a pena conferir!


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Taking SAT Subject on Saturday? Tips!


Are you taking an SAT Subject Test this upcoming Saturday?

The College Board has some test taking tips such as:

  • Read carefully. Consider all the choices in each question. Avoid careless mistakes that will cause you to lose points.
  • Answer the easy questions first. Work on less time-consuming questions before moving on to the more difficult ones. Questions on each test are generally ordered from easiest to hardest.
  • Eliminate answer choices that you know are wrong. Cross them out in your test booklet so that you can clearly see which choices are left.
  • Make an educated guess or skip the question. If you have eliminated the choices that you know are wrong, guessing is your best strategy. However, if you cannot eliminate any of the answer choices, it is best to skip the question. You will lose points for incorrect answers.
  • Keep your answer sheet neat. The answer sheet is scored by a machine, which can’t tell the difference between an answer and a doodle. If the machine reads marks that could be two answers for one question, it will consider the question unanswered.
  • Use your test booklet as scrap paper. Use it to make notes or write down ideas. What you write in the booklet will not affect your score.
  • Circle the questions you skip in your booklet. This will help you keep track of which questions you didn’t answer.
  • Check your answer sheet regularly. Make sure you are in the right place. Check the number of the question and the number on the answer sheet every few questions. This is especially important when you skip a question.
  • Work at an even, steady pace, and keep moving. Each question on the test takes a certain amount of time to read and answer. Through practice, you can develop a sense of timing to help you complete the test. Your goal is to spend time on the questions that you are most likely to answer correctly.
  • Keep track of time. You are given one hour to complete each test. Occasionally check your progress so that you know where you are and how much time is left.
  • Remember to always use a No. 2 pencil. All answer sheet circles must be filled in darkly and completely with a No. 2 pencil. If you need to erase an answer, erase it as completely as possible.
  • Do not try to erase all of your answers. If you erase all of the answers to one of the tests you take on a given date, all of your tests you take that day will be canceled. Remember that you can choose which scores to send to colleges.

Do you understand Score Choice? With Score Choice™, you can put your best foot forward by choosing which scores you send to colleges. Choose by test date for the SAT and by individual test for SAT Subject Tests—but keep in mind that some colleges and scholarship programs require you to send all your scores.

Don’t forget to get plenty of rest on Friday night…GOOD LUCK!



Campus Internationalization Award Goes To…


One of the qualities international students seek in a university is the number of other international students and how “internationalized” the campus is. See below for this year’s Simon Award winners for Campus Internationalization.

The Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization, especially those using innovative and creative approaches.

The Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization is granted to a limited number of institutions each year – usually no more than five. The award recognizes overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced in mission, strategies, programs, and results.

The following institutions are the four recipients of the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization and three recipients of the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award.

Comprehensive Award

  • Florida State University
  • Santa Monica College
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Pittsburgh

Want to be a billionaire?

Forbes just recently published an article discussing “The Universities Churning Out The Most Billionaires

In the article they say that:

Harvard is the world’s premier university for producing billionaires. According to Times Higher Education, the institution boasts 35 billionaires in its alumni with a collective net worth of $309 billion. In fact, it has almost three times as many billionaire graduates as second-placed Columbia University. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are notable billionaires who dropped out of Harvard and among those who graduated, Michael Bloomberg is considered the wealthiest with a net worth of about $40 billion.

As mentioned above, Columbia University comes second on the list with 12 billionaires who have a total wealth of $171.7 billion. Though it can’t compete with Harvard in terms of the sheer number of super-rich alumni, Columbia University can boast the world’s wealthiest graduate in Warren Buffet. The business magnate graduated with a master’s degree in economics in 1951. Stanford University rounds off the top-three with 10 billionaires among its former students. Collectively, they have a net worth of just under $149.2 billion. The first non-American university to make the list is Oxford in the UK at number 12 with 4 billionaires among its alumni with a collective $28.4 billion fortune.


Mais de 25 alunos aprovados no exterior até o momento

Ser aprovado numa universidade no exterior não é um processo simples devido à características peculiares como exames de ACT ou SAT, notas do Colégio, engajamento em atividades extracurriculares, cartas de recomendação de professores e orientadores, “personal statement”, e possíveis entrevistas. Porém, os estudantes do Band contam com um departamento exclusivo para orientá-los e ajudá-los nessa trajetória; prova disso são os 26 alunos que foram aceitos em universidades estrangeiras em 2017, até o momento.

Bianca Martucci Rickheim (centro)

Bianca Martucci Rickheim (centro)

Para Bianca Martucci Rickheim, que cursará cinema na “Loyola Marymount University”, em Los Angeles (EUA), o processo de aplicação começou ainda no 1.o ano do Ensino Médio, quando decidiu que nos Estados Unidos poderia ter acesso à melhor educação na sua área. “Eu não fazia ideia de como era aplicar para universidades estrangeiras então comecei a pesquisar, ir a palestras e, com a ajuda da Coordenação de Língua Inglesa e Assuntos Internacionais, comecei a tomar as medidas necessárias. Foi um processo longo já que fiz provas, textos requeridos pelas universidades e cursos extracurriculares”.

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International Corner

O esforço valeu a pena: Bianca foi aprovada em seis instituições internacionais. “O Band me ajudou muito no processo por conta das palestras oferecidas, feiras de universidades internacionais e também pelo apoio do Prof. Olavo Amorim que me acompanhou desde o primeiro momento até a aprovação”.

Já para Guilherme Canci Franco, o que o fez se interessar pela possibilidade de estudar fora foi a diversidade, qualidade e diferentes métodos de ensino. “No exterior é obrigatório que o aluno estude por dois anos e passe por várias áreas do conhecimento para que, depois do segundo ano, possa escolher o curso que mais lhe interessar. Na minha escolha pela ´Wake Forest University´ priorizei uma faculdade menor, com uma vida típica de campus, salas com média de 22 alunos e boa receptividade a alunos internacionais”.

Além disso, Guilherme destaca a forma como os alunos são selecionados no exterior. “Eles querem conhecer você, sua personalidade, suas habilidades, fraquezas e sonhos. Além disso, analisam o seu histórico escolar do Ensino Médio, atividades extracurriculares, conquistas na área acadêmica e cartas de recomendação de professores e orientadores”. Um exemplo de projeto extracurricular do Band que o ajudou no processo foi a criação do aplicativo Zika Mater, desenvolvido para auxiliar mulheres grávidas a se protegerem do vírus da zika. “Quis fazer algo que pudesse ajudar as pessoas, dessa forma, o aplicativo surgiu para auxiliar mulheres grávidas de classes sócias mais baixas que possuem acesso restrito a informações de qualidade”.



Alexia Finkelstein:
Babson College – Babson Park, MA

Ana Flávia Borges de Almeida Barreto:
Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI
Purdue University – West Laffayete, IN
University of Calgary – Calgary, AB, Canadá

Ana Clara Parga Nina:
University of Notre Dame – South Bend, IN

Ana Laura Leme Viegas:
University of Denver
Drew University
University or Redlands
Rollins College
Eckerd College
Lawrence University
Cornell College
University of Tampa

André Barros de Medeiros:
University of California San Diego – San Diego, CA

Bianca Ito:
San Diego State University – San Diego, CA

Bianca Martucci Rickheim:
University of Iowa- Iowa City, IA
School of Visual Arts- New York, NY
Loyola Marymount University- Los Angeles, CA
Eckerd College – St. Petersburg, FL
Fordham University- New York, NY
Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY

Daniel Meier Memran Schreier:
Hult International Business School – London, Reino Unido.
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Clara Cortez Cohen:
Universidade de Coimbra- Coimbra, Portugal

Enzo Bastos Profili:
Northwestern University – Evanston, IL
University of Michigan Ann-Arbor – Ann Arbor, MI
Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, GA

Giovana Nunes da Cunha:
Northeastern University – Boston, MA
Boston University- Boston, MA
University of South California- Los Angeles, CA

Guilherme Canci Franco:
University of Colorado Boulder- Boulder, CO
Boston University- Boston, MA
Wake Forest University – Winston-Salem, NC

Henrique Martins Lima (ex-aluno 2015):
University os Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA

Kalel dos Santos Dias:
High Point University –  High Point, NC

Leonardo da Quinta Rodrigues:
Universidade do Porto- Porto, Portugal

Luca Bellucci Catena:

United Kingdom:
King´s Colllege- London, Reino Unido
University os Warwick – Coventry, Reino Unido
University of Exeter – Exeter, Reino Unido
University of Birmingham – Birmingham, Reino Unido
University of Surrey – Guildford, Reino Unido
Lancaster University – Lancaster, Reino Unido
St Andrews University – St. Andrews, Reino Unido

United States:
Tulane University – New Orleans, LA
Northwestern University – Evanston, IL
Fordham University – New York, NY
Washington University in St. Louis – St. Louis, MO

Lucas Yuji Umezaki Itto (ex aluno 2015):
Northeastern University – Boston, MA
Darthmouth College – South Bend, IN

Luisa Kiyoko Montanari:
Seton Hall University – South Orange, NJ

Luiz Eduardo Araripe Ramalho Leite Filho:
Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
University of California in Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA
Carnegie Mellon University- Pittsburgh, PA
Duke University – Durham, NC

Marcos Tianzi Wang:
St. Louis University – St. Louis, MO

Maria Paula Parga Nina
University of California San Diego

Matheus Alvarenga Sayão:
Eckerd College – St. Petersburg, FL
Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY
Loyola Marymount University- Los Angeles, CA

Michel Bader:
University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC, Canadá
University of Waterloo – Waterloo, ON, Canadá
University of California Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, CA

MinWoo Kang (Martino):
Vancouver Film School – Vancouver, BC, Canadá

Nicholas Salem (ex-aluno de 2015):
Boston University – Boston, MA
Fordham University – New York, NY
University of Rochester- Rochester, NY

Pedro Galvão Rocha:
Oregon State University –  Corvallis, OR

Ye Ming Qiun:
University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC, Canadá