College Major: passion or job?

You are likely to change careers 7 times in your life. That is once every 7 years.

The market will change. Your passion will shift. You will gain new skills, and old ones will become obsolete or inadequate.

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Career building is neither about following your passion, nor about getting a job. It is about learning the skills you need to live where your passion meets what the market will pay for. Doing this well in college is the first step to a lifetime of successfully reinventing yourself in future

Choose well, but don’t worry if you don’t already know where that center is. 80% of those entering college (even those with declared majors) don’t know.

SAT Tip #1: To guess or not to guess? Is that a trick question?

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The question about guessing on SAT tests is kinda like answering the question on the board!

Princeton Review suggests that students should guess an answer if they can eliminate at least one answer. And there are many private tutors who will swear the opposite is true. What should you do?

The math behind the guess logic is sound. If you can eliminate even one answer, you have increased the percentage chance that you answer is correct, and thus the penalty of a wrong answer outweighs the benefit of a correct answer.

So, what gives?

Well, the first problem is that SAT questions are designed to trick you. It is quite possible that what you are eliminating, is indeed the correct answer. The second is, if you are doing reasonably well, you are likely only guessing a few questions. The law of averages will not apply, and your scores would not even out within a test.

The best way to find out what is best for you is to mark out your guesses in your practice tests, and then check how many of them there are, and if you are indeed eliminating correct answers from time to time. You can find out if you are better off without guessing at all.

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Essay Writing Tip #1: Don’t tell.

6812988187_67c39c8e5b_bSo, you want your essay to stand out? For the admissions officer to notice, remember, and learn something about you?

Don’t tell them about you. Seriously. Telling is boring.

Instead, describe your world: what you see, what you hear, and what you do.

Let the reader imagine themselves as you. And then, nothing needs to be said.

Example (admissions officer telling): I was tired, and didn’t want to read those essays.

Example (admissions officer letting the reader deduce): The afternoon light filtered through the window onto the desk covered with papers. I sighed. 400 more to go. I squeezed my eyes shut, opened them wide, and blinked. Then, I tried reading the essay again. The words blurred in front of my eyes. …

As Benjamin Franklin famously said: Tell me and I may forget … involve me and I learn.

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