10 Things You Don’t Know About Us

10 Things You Don’t Know About Olavo & Debbie:

1. Favorite Food. Olavo: Pasta. Debbie: Cheeseburger & fries.

2. Favorite Vacation Spot. Olavo: New York. Debbie: Bora Bora.

3. Family Life. Olavo: Married for 41 years; has 2 daughters and 1 son. Debbie: Married for 4 years; has 1 son.

4. Favorite Movie. Olavo: The Shack. Debbie: Clueless (I know all the lines!).

5. Favorite Book. Olavo: The Catcher in the Rye. Debbie: The Famous Five series (read them throughout my childhood)

6. Favorite Color. Olavo: Blue. Debbie: Purple.

7. Favorite Music. Olavo: Indie Rock (Kaleo). Debbie: Michael Buble.

8. If You Could be Any Animal. Olavo: Tiger. Debbie: Polar Bear.

9. Birthplace. Olavo: Iacanga, SP. Debbie: Rio de Janeiro, RJ.

10. Major in College. Olavo: English Language Literature. Debbie: Economics.

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Value Of Community Service In College Admissions

Forbes recently published an article entitled: New Survey Shows Value Of Community Service In College Admissions. Some highlights include:

58% of college admissions personnel said they agreed that, “A student’s community service experience has a positive impact on his or her acceptance to our higher education institution.” Only 16% disagreed.

Most admissions leaders (53%) also said community service was essentially a tie-breaker between equally qualified students when asked, “Assuming all factors are equal (such as GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and rigor of curriculum), then community service details are an important decision-making factor.”

The survey found that the top reason colleges valued community service was that it was an, “[i]ndicator that the student is likely to be active in student social life outside the classroom.” The second and third highest scoring reasons that community service mattered, according to those who make college admission decisions, were that service was an, “[i]ndicator that the student is likely to contribute to the school’s mission” and an “[i]ndicator that the student shares the school’s values.”

Read the full article here.

 

Do Band para o mundo: 115 aceitações no exterior

O processo não é fácil: são aplicações, entrevistas, redações e muito estudo. Para os alunos do Band que passaram por todas as etapas para entrar numa universidade fora do país, o resultado finalmente chegou. Foram 115 aceitações, 29 alunos aprovados, mais de 70 instituições e 17 estudantes na lista de espera.

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Cada fase do processo dos alunos foi acompanhada pelo Coordenador do Departamento Internacional, Olavo Amorim, e pela Subcoordenadora do Departamento Internacional, Deborah Pontual. Isso para aconselhar os estudantes em suas escolhas e guiá-los durante todo o caminho.

“Esses 29 alunos merecem nossos cumprimentos e a admiração da comunidade Band que, juntamente com todos os alunos aceitos nas universidades no Brasil, exaltam a qualidade do Colégio, dos seus professores e dos alunos que são os reais protagonistas dessa vitória”, disse Olavo.

Dentre as universidades em que os recém-formados do Band estudarão, estão 12 das 20 mais bem ranqueadas instituições americanas, de acordo com ranking da “US News & World Report”. Além disso, houve nomes de peso nas aceitações dos alunos como “Yale University”, “Stanford University” e “Princeton University”.

O aluno Diego Zancaneli, formado em 2017, destaca o apoio que teve do Colégio. “Por ser um processo longo e desgastante, o acompanhamento que tive da Deborah e do Olavo foi fundamental. Acho importante ressaltar também a grande liberdade que tive no Colégio para criar e colocar projetos em prática. A abertura do Band a novas ideias foi primordial para a minha aplicação”, contou Diego que, em setembro, iniciará os estudos nos Estados Unidos.

“Esses resultados são frutos dos alunos que se empenharam tremendamente no processo de aplicação e também de toda a construção ao longo de décadas do Bandeirantes como uma escola de classe mundial”, concluiu Deborah.

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How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation for College

Letters of recommendation from teachers, school counselors and other sources can help college admissions officers get a more complete picture of applicants.

Obtaining high-quality letters of recommendation usually can’t happen overnight – it’s a process that takes time and advance planning. Here’s everything high school students need to know about asking for letters of recommendation for college applications.

The number varies among colleges. Some schools don’t ask for any letters of recommendation, while others may require several. Students can go online to find the exact number a college requires.

Want to know more? Read the full article.

 

Why Applying to College Is So Confusing

Worth reading an article by the NY Times explaining why applying to colleges in the US can be so confusing.

Colleges themselves have widely diverging views on what makes an ideal applicant. It’s a widespread misconception that applicants have an automatic right to be admitted to the school of their choice if they have higher grades or test scores than other candidates. It’s not that grades and test scores don’t matter — they nearly always do — but colleges aren’t obligated to choose the students who are deemed most likely to earn high college grades or graduate. As the legal scholar Ronald Dworkin put it, there is “no combination of abilities and skills and traits that constitutes ‘merit’ in the abstract.”

Instead, what counts in admissions depends on the mission of the institution — and that can vary a great deal from school to school. Yale’s mission is “to seek exceptionally promising students of all backgrounds” and “to educate them, through mental discipline and social experience, to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.”

Consider some of the questions Harvard says it uses to consider applicants: Where will you be in one, five or 25 years? What sort of human being will you be in the future? Are you a late bloomer? Do you have reserve power to do more?

The article also asks for greater transparency from the college admissions side.

While we don’t get further clarity, it is more important than ever to consider “fit” by choosing a school that fits your profile. It is also important to do a lot of research on the colleges you are applying to and to have detailed and specific supplements.

To read the entire article, go here.

 

Do most students have cars at college?

It sounds like something small, but it could be a factor in deciding which college would be a good fit for you – do most students have cars or not?

US News just published an article discussing: 11 Universities Where Students Rarely Bring Cars

Four universities reported that zero percent of students had cars on campus: Georgetown University in the District of Columbia; Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey; and the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Other universities on the list include Boston University, Boston College, MIT and University of California – Santa Barbara.

To see the full list and more details, access the full article.

 

Estudantes de “Dartmouth College” vêm ao Band!

Numa oportunidade de troca de experiências, seis estudantes de português e espanhol da Dartmouth College vieram ao Colégio conversar com alunos interessados em estudar fora. O Band foi a única escola visitada pelos estudantes pois estavam acompanhados por Carlos Minchillo, que já lecionou no Colégio e atualmente é professor de Português e Espanhol da faculdade americana.

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Durante a visita ao Band, os convidados conversaram com alunos sobre suas experiências estudando numa das mais prestigiadas faculdades do mundo, além de darem dicas e tirarem dúvidas.

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O aluno da 2.a série do Ensino Médio, Rafael Valio Icó, que quer estudar fora, conta sobre a importância de saber das possibilidades. “Foi muito interessante. É importante conhecer as faculdades para saber o que você quer e o que não quer”, disse ele.

Além de terem ajudado os alunos do Band, os estudantes de “Dartmouth College” também puderam conhecer o Colégio. Para isso, eles assistiram às aulas de História do Brasil, Geografia e Filosofia e também visitaram todos os cantos do Band, acompanhados pelo Coordenador do Departamento Internacional, Olavo Amorim, e pela Sub-Coordenadora do Departamento Internacional, Deborah Pontual.

Minchillo conta que para os estudantes de “Dartmouth College” a vinda ao Band mostrou um novo contexto do Brasil. “Para eles, qualquer contato é interessante. Eles gostaram muito do jeito das aulas no Colégio, da proximidade entre alunos e professores”, comentou ele.

“Esse evento mostra como o Bandeirantes é uma escola brasileira global. Termos um professor que lecionou no Colégio e hoje dá aula numa “Ivy League” nos proporcionou uma oportunidade única. Foi um evento muito diferenciado e ficamos honrados em recebê-los”, revelou a Sub-Coordenadora Deborah.

Powerful Women & Their Colleges

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are highlighting where some of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women went to college.

Think you have to go to a fancy college to succeed in business? Think again.

Of the 50 women on Fortune‘s 2017 list of Most Powerful Women, just eight went to Ivy League universities as undergrads. The other 41 attended a range of institutions, from large state schools to small private colleges. At least one woman on our list, Home Depot’s Northern Division president Crystal Hanlon (No. 41 on the list), doesn’t hold a college or university degree; she started working at the company as a cashier in 1985 and rose through the ranks.

That being said, the most popular college attended by the Most Powerful Women was—as it was in 2016—Harvard University. The four women on the list who received their undergraduate degrees there are: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 5), CVS/pharmacy president and CVS Health EVP Helena Foulkes (No. 12), YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (No. 14), and Mattel CEO Margo Georgiadis (No. 49).

Read more here.

Interested in Finance?

Knowledge@Wharton High School — KWHS for short — is on a mission to provide high school students and educators around the world with a deeper understanding of business and personal finance and to equip them with the skills to excel in the global marketplace. KWHS is a part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a world leader in business education.

Since its launch in 2011, KWHS has operated an online portal that features hundreds of business journal articles, videos and lesson plans, a comprehensive business glossary and other content to help introduce high school students to business concepts, personal finance and college and career preparation. Many of the student-focused articles, videos and podcasts tell stories through the experiences of teens from around the globe.

KWHS is an entirely free resource that is available to anyone who wants to use it – from students and teachers, to parents and academic coaches, to principals and youth leaders.

KWHS also manages seminars, workshops and competitions to engage high school educators and students in quality, fun, interactive business and financial education.

 

Two Band teams are currently participating in the KWHS Investment Competition. Last year, a Bandeirantes team was a global finalist in the KWHS Investment Competition. To learn more about the competition, refer to this link.