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.


Até agora, já são 32 aceitações “early” de universidades internacionais!

O sonho de estudar fora já virou realidade para 15 alunos do Band formados em 2017. Até o momento, já foram 32 aceitações de universidades internacionais. Entre elas, há nomes de prestígio como a “University of Chicago” e “The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania”.

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Isso porque esses alunos se candidataram nos processos “Early Action” e “Early Decision”. Neles, é possível aplicar para as universidades de forma antecipada e, assim, receber o resultado antes – já que normalmente as aceitações saem apenas durante os meses de março e abril.


Alguns alunos também ficaram sabendo da resposta antes – mesmo sendo “Regular Decision” – pelo perfil extraordinário que apresentaram na aplicação. Desses, cinco alunos estão concorrendo como finalistas para ganhar bolsas de estudo integral por mérito acadêmico.

O Coordenador e a Sub-Coordenadora do Departamento Internacional, José Olavo de Amorim e Deborah Pontual, revelaram o orgulho pelos alunos do Band que já foram aceitos e também a animação pelos que estão por vir. “Esses resultados são mérito do esforço dos alunos que trabalharam muito ao longo do ano passado para preparar as aplicações junto com o Departamento Internacional”, completou Deborah.

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.


Band no SCAD Day

Alunos do Band interessados em em moda, cinema, animação e diversos outros campos das artes, participaram do SCAD Day, evento da Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), que deu um gostinho da vida de um aluno de uma das mais renomadas faculdades de Artes do mundo. O Colégio marcou presença de peso – mais de 30 alunos compuseram a metade do público do evento, que ocorreu no Hotel Renaissance.

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Além de alunos e pais, também estiveram presentes o Coordenador de Artes, Filosofia e Sociologia, Régis Lima, os professores de Artes, Paula Ariane e Pedro Leão, e o professor de Linguagem Arquitetônica, Ivan Stancati.

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Durante o evento, os alunos participaram de palestras, workshops de animação e design além de dinâmicas. Além disso, tiraram dúvidas com atuais estudantes da SCAD que deram dicas de como, por exemplo, montar um bom portfólio. Assim, foi possível conhecer a proposta da instituição que, com campus nos Estados Unidos, França e China, promove a formação de um profissional global.

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“Foi muito bom! Eu pude conhecer mais sobre a SCAD que, na verdade, é a faculdade que eu quero estudar no futuro. Ouvir as experiências dos alunos foi ótimo para tirar minhas dúvidas sobre os cursos, moradia e o campus”, disse a aluna Mariana Boger, da 2.a série do Ensino Médio, que pretende estudar cinema.

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A Sub-Coordenadora do Departamento Internacional, Deborah Pontual, conta que o Band tem um relacionamento de longa data com a SCAD e, apenas esse ano, foram três eventos em São Paulo que reforçaram esse laço, promovendo o contato entre os muitos alunos interessados em Artes e uma importante faculdade internacional.

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“Houve um aumento nos últimos anos dos alunos interessados em Artes e isso se deve em grande parte ao aprimoramento do curso com aulas de, por exemplo, Linguagem Arquitetônica, Teatro e música, com o IBand”, concluiu o Coordenador Régis.

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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