A recent article on the Huffington Post examines the education philosophies of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Written by Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, the article argues that one’s college education shouldn’t be compared to a particular application or program. Instead, it might be compared to the platform on which you will run the software—i.e., the jobs, relationships, and experiences—of your post-college life.
If you’re a senior and you’ve recently chosen a college, congratulations! You may be a bit overwhelmed by all of the well wishes you’re getting from friends and family. Chances are this dazed feeling will continue through the spring and summer as your college sends you form after form to facilitate your arrival on campus.
Also, during this time, you may come across a Facebook group (or two) for the incoming freshmen at your future school. On the surface, joining such a group might seem like good idea: you’ll make friends ahead of time and maybe even find your first-year roommates.
You should be aware, however, that no matter how official a group looks it is not associated with your school. The New York Timeshas reported on such groups that exist primarily to convince you to pay for a roommate-matching service. These groups have no official power over roommate pairings and there’s no guarantee that the other individuals using the service are actually future students like you. If you have any doubt regarding the legitimacy of a site or service, you should contact your college.
High school seniors should receive all of their admissions decisions by this Friday. Along the way, today will be another momentous day: the Ivy League schools will send their decisions this evening at 5 p.m. EST.
In the middle of this stressful time, you may be looking for others with whom to share your story and commiserate. (Your regular crew might not be the best audience if you’re the only one who is not going to State U.)
If so, you’re in luck. The New York Times blog The Choice is now accepting admissions stories from students like you. You can post about your unique situation and identify with other students’ posts. Whether you’re on the waitlist at the school of your dreams, sick and tired of waiting for decisions, or just glad the whole process will be over soon, you’ll find an outlet here.
It seemed like another one of Google’s nifty ideas. They scan books and put them up on the web so that anyone—anywhere—can read them for free.
Copyright holders didn’t think it was so nifty. In 2005, the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild sued Google over its Google Books service.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a federal judge recently rejected a potential settlement of the lawsuit, which would have freed Google from legal liability over Google Books.
Somewhat surprisingly, colleges and universities are rooting for Google in this case, writes the Chronicle. Free access to texts would cut down on costs for both schools and their students. It would also increase access to information, particularly with hard-to-find books.