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.


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.


7 admissions officers share the things they never tell applicants

Very interesting article worth checking out.

It’s the question every high school senior asks: What happens in the admissions office?


Here’s an insider look into 7 things college admissions officers keep secret:

1. Your and your parents’ interactions with the school are tracked.

2. Your application only gets a few minutes to make an impression.

3. Your application could be good — but it should be great.

4. Even if you’re an outstanding candidate, you might not get in.

5. Your personality matters.

6. Getting an interview is a huge advantage.

7. Don’t forget to ask questions.

Read the entire article with more details about each of these “secrets” here.


Bitcoin? Computer Science Ethics? Happiness?

One of the coolest parts about studying abroad is being able to take courses on all different kinds of subjects and topics even if you don’t want to necessarily major in these topics. Here are some examples:

How to be Happier is a Course

Yale’s “Positive Psychology” Course On Happiness Is The Most Popular For Enrollment In 316 Years

More than a hundred universities have started adding courses on positive psychology to their catalogues, like the University of Pennsylvania, Claremont Graduate University, and Harvard University, whose undergraduate positive psychology class was also the most popular on campus when it debuted over a decade ago.

Read more here.

Cryptocurrencies Come to Campus

Several top schools have added or are rushing to add classes about Bitcoin and the record-keeping technology that it introduced, known as the blockchain.

Read more here.

Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It

Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley’s top technologists are hustling to bring a more medicine-like morality to computer science.

This semester, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are jointly offering a new course on the ethics and regulation of artificial intelligence. The University of Texas at Austin just introduced a course titled “Ethical Foundations of Computer Science” — with the idea of eventually requiring it for all computer science majors.

And at Stanford University, the academic heart of the industry, three professors and a research fellow are developing a computer science ethics course for next year. They hope several hundred students will enroll.

Read more here.



We’re back! 3 Tips to Avoid Falling Behind on SAT, ACT Prep

We are officially back and there will be lots happening this year.

We already have events with universities confirmed for end of February, March and April and lots more to come. We will keep you posted of events 1-2 weeks before.

Last year’s seniors already had some great early acceptances and we will be sharing more details about these soon.

We wanted to start off this year’s blog with U.S. News’ 3 Tips to Avoid Falling Behind on SAT, ACT Prep:

1. Set attainable study goals

2. Incentivize your study goals

3. Vary your study materials and methods

More details by clicking on the link to the full article: Read Entire Article Here.

Not sure if you need to take SAT or ACT? What about the timing? Schedule a meeting with Debbie or Olavo to discuss.


Why Applying to College Is So Confusing

Great article from the New York Times on Why Applying to College is 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.

Worth reading the entire article!


10 Things: Getting Into Your Dream College

Very interesting article by the NY Times on 10 Things to Know About Getting Into Your Dream College.

Admissions decisions aren’t all about you.
When colleges choose applicants, they’re juggling competing goals, like increasing diversity and bringing in more revenue. Admissions officers aren’t looking for students who fit just one description — say, those who’ve earned all A’s or won the most awards. So don’t take rejection personally.

Grades and test scores still carry the most weight.
Colleges often say they want to get to know the real you, but that’s probably true only if your academic accomplishments (and the rigor of courses you’ve taken) pass muster.

You’re more than a number.
After colleges identify a big batch of students with outstanding credentials, differences among them become more important, admissions deans say. Among some of the attributes they tell me they would like to see evidence of (in essays, extracurricular activities, recommendations) are: leadership, risk taking, emotional intelligence, fire for learning, critical thinking, curiosity, empathy, optimism, grit, perseverance and the ability to overcome obstacles.

Express your authentic self.
Overwhelmed by slick, boastful essays, colleges are eager for what they call “authentic” glimpses of applicants — their experiences, passions and goals. Some deans believe they’ll get deeper insight through alternative formats like videos, pictures, audio files or documents (an Advanced Placement English paper, maybe). A handful of prestigious schools, including Yale, the University of Chicago, Pomona College, Reed College and the University of Rochester, recently introduced this option. As with essays, too much polish is no good, deans say, so you might think twice about hiring a professional videographer. At Yale, about 400 applicants (out of nearly 33,000) for this year’s freshman class sent in something in an alternative format. In at least one case, the submission — a video showing leadership and impact on others — was, the dean told me, a “difference maker.”

Diversity counts.
Are you a first-generation or low-income student? Many colleges are trying to increase access, so it can help to emphasize your background — and how your personal story relates to your achievements — in essays and interviews.

But money does matter.
At many colleges, financial circumstances comes into play. Being able to pay all or some of the freight is a bonus. And some qualified students of limited means might get rejected for no reason other than lack of money.

Geography is (partly) destiny.
Many selective colleges want students from all over.

Legacies aren’t a shoo-in.
Legacy status certainly helps, but big-name colleges reject plenty of these applicants.

Do (real) good.
A new initiative called “Turning the Tide” urges admissions offices to reward applicants for sustained community service. And some colleges, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are taking a closer look at what applicants have done to help others, be they neighbors or family members. You don’t have to fly to Belize to do good (admissions officers are often skeptical of these fleeting trips). Showing up to tutor someone at the library each week might be even more impressive, and rewarding.

Colleges want to be your first choice.
About one in five colleges allot “considerable importance” to “demonstrated interest,” whereby applicants convey their willingness to attend the college they’re applying to. Open those emails. Connect with admissions officers. Let them know when you visit campus.


Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

Worth reading the NY Times article on Six Myths About Choosing a College Major. Below are the 6 myths and more is available in the full article.

Myth 1: For the big money, STEM always delivers.

Myth 2: Women want to have it all.

Myth 3: Choice of major matters more than choice of college.

Myth 4: Liberal arts majors are unemployable.

Myth 5: It’s important to choose a major early.

Myth 6: You need a major.

See the chart below for projected earnings of different career fields. If interested read the full article: Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

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MIT: Know more from the experts

Want to know more about MIT? The experts who were at Band wrote a text with lots of juicy details! The introduction is below and the full document is on Moodle.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

por Dra. Elaine Lizeo & Fernando Carvalho*

No último dia 09 de outubro, estivemos no Colégio Bandeirantes para uma palestra sobre o renomado MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Estavam presentes alunos do ensino médio e fundamental. Na palestra, abordamos diversos temas sobre o Instituto de um modo geral, e mais particularmente sobre sua história,  atmosfera, as 5 escolas que constituem o Instituto, a estrutura do programa de graduação e as inúmeras oportunidades educacionais disponíveis no MIT, além da natureza e especificidades de seu processo de seleção.

O evento foi bastante enriquecido com a participação de dois novos membros do time de entrevistadores do MIT aqui no Brasil, Clarissa Crego Forneris, formada no MIT em 2013 com um Bacharelado, BS, em Química, e Marco Antonio Lopes Pedroso, formado no MIT em 2014 com um Bacharelado, BS, em Ciências da Computação e Engenharia, e em 2015 com um Mestrado em Engenharia Elétrica & Ciência da Computação.

O MIT é reconhecido mundialmente pela sua excelência e liderança nas mais diversas áreas do conhecimento: Engenharia, Ciências, Tecnologia, Linguística, Economia, entre outras.

Procuramos contextualizar historicamente a fundação do MIT. Diferentemente de outras universidades mais tradicionais como Harvard (1636), Yale (1701) e Princeton (1746) fundadas ainda sob a dominação britânica encerrada com a guerra de independência americana (1775-1783), o MIT foi fundado em 1861 em Boston, mas iniciou suas atividades em 1865, ao final da guerra civil americana, com o propósito de servir ao esforço de industrialização de uma nação independente em construção, vivendo sob uma atmosfera de grande liberdade.

O MIT tem como missão “promover o conhecimento e educar alunos em ciências, tecnologia e outras áreas que melhor servirão a nação e ao mundo no século XXI”. O Instituto está empenhado em gerar, disseminar e preservar o conhecimento e trabalhar com outros para aplicar esses conhecimentos aos grandes desafios do mundo.

Ao longo do tempo, o MIT se transformou de uma escola de engenharia propriamente dita para uma universidade baseada em ciências (Science-based University), cujo objetivo principal é criar a economia mais avançada do futuro estimulado por diversos centros de empreendedorismo em tecnologias de ponta (Entrepreneurship in High Technology). MIT Professor Ed Roberts,  fundador e presidente do Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management,  em um artigo publicado no Slice of MIT em janeiro de 2017, afirma que  estudos recentes mostram que ex-alunos do MIT em atividade criaram mais de 30.000 empresas em funcionamento, com 4,5 milhões de funcionários, o equivalente em receitas à 10º economia do mundo.

A pesquisa interdisciplinar e a cultura de cooperação entre alunos, professores e pesquisadores de diferentes áreas do conhecimento estão disseminadas nas 5 escolas que constituem o MIT: School of Engineering, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Science, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, e a Sloan School of Management. O departamento de Matemática do MIT funciona como uma espécie de centro de gravidade do Instituto. Lógica matemática, modelos matemáticos, matemática discreta e contínua são insumos presentes na grande maioria das pesquisas das mais diversas áreas do Instituto.

A atmosfera de grande liberdade, a política de portas abertas e a flexibilidade da estrutura acadêmica e de pesquisa existentes no MIT têm atraído alunos brilhantes e pesquisadores de renome mundial. Entre eles podemos citar: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, 2016 Turing Award (o prêmio Nobel da Ciência da Computação), considerado o inventor da world wide web; Eric Lander, MIT Biology Professor, o pai do projeto Genoma, fundador e presidente do Broad Institute, uma associação do MIT, Harvard University e hospitais da região de Boston; Noam Chomsky, MIT Institute Professor, pai da Linguística Moderna;   Ronald Rivest, Institute Professor  e criptógrafo;  Donald Sadoway, MIT Professor of Solid State Chemistry; Tom Leighton, MIT Professor of Applied Mathematics e CEO da Akamai.  Para citar um ex-aluno de grande reputação, Richard Feynman, MIT Class of 1939, SB – Bachelor Of Science, Course 8 – Physics e 1965 Physics Nobel Prize, um dos mais importantes Físicos do século XX e uma fonte de inspiração para jovens talentosos na área de ciências do mundo todo.

Como funciona o curso de graduação do MIT  

Os alunos iniciam o curso de graduação no MIT com uma área de concentração não declarada. Durante o primeiro ano, o Instituto oferece feiras acadêmicas, palestras, seminários e outros programas para ajudar os alunos a decidirem quais áreas melhor se adequam aos seus interesses e objetivos de estudos e carreira, opção essa que deverá ser feita até o inicio do segundo ano. O MIT oferece um leque de opções de estudos em mais de 70 áreas do conhecimento.

Independentemente da área a ser escolhida, se Física ou Linguística, Matemática ou Ciências Políticas, todos os alunos da graduação, sem exceção, têm que cumprir um currículo básico requerido pelo MIT, conhecido como GIRs (General Instituto Requirements). Devem ser cursadas 6 matérias na área de ciências (Matemática, Física, Química e Biologia), 8 matérias na área de humanas, 2 matérias eletivas restritas à ciências e tecnologia e 1 laboratório. Esses requerimentos são considerados a base acadêmica do MIT.

Para aliviar a pressão e garantir a exploração de áreas que de início o aluno não consideraria, seja por achar muito demandante ou por não ter nenhuma base a respeito, o Instituto segue o sistema de pass/no record para o primeiro semestre e ABC/no record para o segundo semestre. Nesse sistema, as reprovações não são registradas no histórico escolar do aluno no primeiro ano da graduação. No primeiro semestre os alunos recebem um “pass”  nas matérias em que forem aprovados e no segundo semestre recebem as devidas notas A, B ou C nas matérias em que forem aprovados, sem registros das reprovações.

Aqueles alunos que demonstrarem um aproveitamento muito abaixo do esperado no primeiro ano podem ser convidados a voltar para casa, para se prepararem melhor e eventualmente retornarem ao MIT para continuar seus estudos.

O MIT disponibiliza para os alunos da graduação o UROP – Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, um programa único entre as universidades americanas, onde os alunos têm a oportunidade de participar desde o início da graduação de projetos de pesquisa liderados por professores de renome do Instituto.

Também único do MIT é o IAP, Independent Activities Period, um termo, que compreende o mês de janeiro, quando não há aulas regulares, e oferece a alunos, professores, ex-alunos e funcionários a oportunidade de organizarem e participarem de uma enorme gama de atividades e cursos. Durante o IAP, os alunos regularmente matriculados nos diferentes programas podem cursar matérias e participar de seminários e workshops que contam créditos.

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* Dra. Elaine Lizeo, Brazilian Chair – MIT Educational Council, é desde 2008 coordenadora do time brasileiro de entrevistadores de candidatos ao programa de graduação do MIT. No período de 2003 a 2006, trabalhou no MIT Admissions Office, em Cambridge, como application reader do pool americano e internacional.

Fernando Carvalho, tem uma história relacionada ao MIT iniciada no ano de 1995, quando, em conjunto com Elaine Lizeo, desenvolveu um trabalho muito bem sucedido de ampliação da representatividade brasileira no programa de MBA da MIT Sloan School of Management, situado no topo do ranking dos programas de MBA dos Estados Unidos naquele ano.

Desde 2007, Elaine e Fernando, autorizados pelo MIT Dean of Admissions, Stu Schmill, têm desenvolvido no Brasil um trabalho sustentável de divulgação de oportunidades educacionais no ultra competitivo programa de graduação do MIT, e em Cambridge junto ao Admissions Office, visando uma maior visibilidade dos brasileiros que gozam de excelente reputação dentro da comunidade de graduação do Instituto.