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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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: https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/academics/majors-minors.

-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.

Timing

  • 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.

 

Campus Internationalization Award Goes To…

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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.

2017 SIMON AWARD WINNERS
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.

COMPREHENSIVE AWARD
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.

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Double majors produce dynamic thinkers

One of the many benefits of studying abroad is the ability to double major — many universities will allow students to choose 2 majors or a major and a minor.

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The Chronicle published an article a while back that has some very interesting points: Double Majors Produce Dynamic Thinkers, Study Finds

Here are some highlights:

  • Students who major in two fields are more apt than their single-majoring peers to think both integratively and creatively
  • Increasingly, education experts also want students to develop a third skill, integrative thinking. It entails learning the deeper, underlying meaning of a discipline, making connections across courses and subjects, and applying different intellectual perspectives
  • “Double majors give students the opportunity to build bridges between domains of knowledge”

Have you ever considered a double major?

 

MIT Coming to Band – Fun Facts!

MIT will be visiting Band on Friday, May 12th at 9:30am in Studio 268.

The idea is for the event to be an informal question and answer session. Read below for some fun facts!

Did you know that?

The MIT website is updated every day so check it out daily.

Famous people who went to MIT:

  • Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, earned his MS from the business school in 1972.
  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman, Ben Bernanke, got his PhD in 1979 in Physics
  • Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, got his ScD in 1963 in Aero Astro
  • CEO of General Motors, Alfred P. Sloan, got his BS in 1895 in Electrical Engineering
  • Former VP of Goldman Sachs and business writer Lisa Endlich received her MBA from MIT

MIT is very well known for inspiring entrepreneurship. Here are some mind blowing facts about MIT’s Entrepreneurs:

  • 25,800 active companies have been started or cofounded by living MIT Alumni
  • 3.3 million people are employed by companies started or cofounded by living MIT alumni
  • Famous companies founded by MIT Alums: Intel, Texas Instruments, Bose, Koch Industries, Dropbox, Campbell Soup
  • The Gross Domestic Product of a nation formed by businesses started by MIT graduates would be $2 trillion. This would rank them as 10th in the world (equivalent to Italy, the UK, and Brazil).

Up through 1980, MIT had several dominant tiddlywinks teams competing in the intercollegiate level and winning national and world championships. For those of you who don’t know what tiddlywinks is, it is an indoor game that’s played on a felt mat. There are two types of disks involved: “winks” and “squidgers.” To play the game, squidgers are used to press on the edge of the wink and propel it into the air. The object of the game is to get your winks into a pot that is in the middle of the mat.

MIT students can receive the greatly coveted Pirate’s License/ Certificate if they complete PE classes in pistol, archery, fencing, and sailing!

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For Tomorrow´s SAT – what you need to know

Are you taking the SAT tomorrow? Here´s what you need to know:

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Must Bring:

  • Admission 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 devides
  • Highlighters, pens, colored pencils
  • Books or papers

Timing:

  • Arrive at the test center by 7:45am
  • The SAT with Essay ends between 12:50 and 1:20pm
  • The SAT without Essay ends between noon and 12:30pm
  • SAT Subject Tests end around 9:45am, 11:15am or 12:30pm depending on whether you are taking one, two or three tests

Remember to get plenty of rest today. No need to cram tonight. GOOD LUCK!

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UPenn, Duke, Georgetown, MIT, Stanford in Brazil

There will be 2 information sessions in São Paulo for students and parents interested in UPenn, Duke, Georgetown, MIT and/or Stanford. Admission Officers from the five universities will each give a short presentation about their institution, allowing time for a question & answer period at the end. Students should only register for one program in São Paulo.

In addition, MIT will be at Band on Friday, May 12 for a chat with students. It is highly recommended that you attend one of these information sessions prior to attending the MIT event at Band as there will be no official presentation during the Band session – just questions and answers.

OPTION 1:

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Escola Graduada De Sao Paulo
Av. Pres. Giovanni Gronchi 4710
Sao Paulo 05724-002, Brazil

Please reply to attend:: https://key.admissions.upenn.edu/register/GRADED17

OPTION 2:

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Colegio Etapa
Rua Vergueiro 1951
Sao Paulo 04101-000, Brazil

Please reply to attend: https://key.admissions.upenn.edu/register/ETAPA17

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