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

Diretor de admissões do MIT conhece o STEAM e profere palestra

Em primeira visita ao Colégio, o diretor de admissões do Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Michael Yang, proferiu uma palestra para cerca de 70 alunos do Ensino Médio e Fundamental e conheceu o STEAM.


Yang conversou com alunos interessados em aplicar para o MIT e tirou uma série de dúvidas relacionadas ao processo de aplicação, ambiente do campus, provas e possibilidades de bolsas.

mit2“Depois da conversa me interessei bastante pela instituição e também me senti motivada porque muitos estereótipos em relação à dificuldade para ser aprovada no MIT foram desmistificados” disse a aluna Tathiana Tang, da 3.a série do Ensino Médio.

Além disso, no dia da visita, o representante do MIT chegou mais cedo e, acompanhado pelo Coordenador de Língua Inglesa e Assuntos Internacionais, Olavo de Amorim, e pela sub-coordenadora do Departamento Internacional, Deborah Mason Pontual, realizou um inesperado tour pelo Colégio. Nele, Michael Yang conheceu uma aula do STEAM onde foram apresentados a ele projetos dos alunos. O diretor se mostrou bastante interessado principalmente porque o STEAM compartilha com a ideia de laboratório maker, utilizada extensivamente pelo MIT.

“O Diretor Michael Yang conferiu a qualidade e seriedade, não apenas do Colégio, mas também do STEAM que representa um grande passo para o Band”, comentou Deborah Mason Pontual.

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.