Nghe Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh – sinh viên Đại Học Williams (#1 LAC) – chia sẻ về triết lý Giáo dục Khai phóng | #Chuyệnduhọc

Nghe Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh – sinh viên Đại Học Williams (#1 LAC) – chia sẻ về triết lý Giáo dục Khai phóng | #Chuyệnduhọc

“Người trong cuộc” nói gì về Giáo dục Khai phóng? Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh, khách mời tiếp theo trong podcast Chuyện du học, đã từng “dũng cảm” từ chối Cornell – một trường Ivy – để theo học tại Williams College, vì niềm yêu thích của mình đối với nền Giáo dục Khai phóng – Liberal Arts.

Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh hiện là sinh viên năm 2 của trường Đại học Williamtop 1 Đại học Giáo dục Khai phóng (LAC) tại Hoa Kỳ theo U.S. News. Kiều Anh còn là cựu chuyên Toán trường Phổ thông Năng khiếu và cũng là cựu học viên chương trình College Compass tại Everest Education (“E2”) khóa 2018. 

College Compass là chương trình Định hướng Du học của Everest Education, nơi chúng tôi cung cấp lộ trình phù hợp với từng học sinh từ những năm đầu trung học. Các cựu học viên của College Compass đã nộp hồ sơ thành công vào các trường Đại học cạnh tranh nhất thế giới (như Đại học Harvard, Đại học Stanford, Đại học Cornell, Đại học Duke, Cao đẳng Williams, Cao đẳng Amherst, NYU, Cao đẳng Bates, Đại học Nam California, Minerva…). Chương trình được dẫn dắt bởi hai Nhà đồng sáng lập và các Cố vấn cấp cao của Everest Education, tốt nghiệp từ Đại học Stanford, Trường Kinh doanh Harvard, Trường Quản lý MIT Sloan, và từng là phỏng vấn viên cựu sinh viên của Stanford.

>> Tìm hiểu thêm về College Compass tại http://bit.ly/collegecompass 

Năm 2019, Kiều Anh xuất sắc đỗ cùng lúc hai trường Đại học danh tiếng là Cornell và Williams. Đại học Cornell là ngôi trường tư thục ưu tú thuộc Ivy League – nhóm các trường Đại học xuất chúng tại Mỹ. Trong khi đó, Đại học Williams là trường Đại học Giáo dục Khai phóng đứng vị trí thứ nhất tại Mỹ do U.S. News công nhận. Đặt hai ngôi trường lên bàn cân, Kiều Anh đã nhanh chóng quyết định chọn Williams vì niềm yêu thích dành cho nền Giáo dục Khai phóng*. 

*Giáo dục khai phóng, là “một triết lý giáo dục cung cấp cho các cá nhân một nền tảng kiến thức rộng và những kỹ năng có thể chuyển đổi được, và một cảm nhận mạnh mẽ về các giá trị, đạo đức, và sự can dự vào đời sống công dân…” (NewVnNews)

Trải nghiệm mới mẻ nhất mà Kiều Anh có được khi du học Mỹ?

“Có rất nhiều trải nghiệm mới mẻ trong cuộc sống sinh viên ở Mỹ mà một người sinh ra và lớn lên tại TP.HCM như em chưa bao giờ biết. Đó là những chương trình thể thao tại các trường Đại học ở Mỹ. Trường em (ĐH Williams) có chương trình thể thao rất mạnh. Có bạn vừa là sinh viên vừa là tuyển thủ thi đấu các môn bóng chày, bóng rổ… Đó là một trong những trải nghiệm rất khác so với Đại học ở Việt Nam.”

Có gì tại Đại học Williams?

“Thăng trầm, thú vị và mở mang”

Đó là 3 từ mà Kiều Anh dành miêu tả trải nghiệm học tập tại trường Đại học Williams đến thời điểm hiện tại. Khi được hỏi về sự kiện mà Kiều Anh gắn tag “thăng trầm” trong hành trình này, em bộc bạch: “Đại dịch Covid-19 vừa rồi là điều em không thể nào lường trước được khi phải quyết định lên đường sang Mỹ du học.” Vì với em, chắc hẳn khi đi du học, ai cũng mong muốn cơ hội được trở thành một thành viên trong cộng đồng trường đại học, được kết bạn mới, v.v. Nhưng vì dịch Covid-19 bùng nổ, Kiều Anh đã phải trở lại Việt Nam và bắt đầu những tiết học trực tuyến như bao sinh viên quốc tế khác. 

Vẻ đẹp của triết lý Giáo dục khai phóng – Liberal Arts

Giáo dục khai phóng hiện là một triết lý giáo dục mang bản sắc độc đáo và khá đặc trưng tại Mỹ. Nền giáo dục khai phóng đang được sinh viên trên khắp thế giới yêu mến và theo đuổi. Triết lý giáo dục này khuyến khích sinh viên khám phá và thử sức nhiều môn học trước khi “dấn thân” vào bất kỳ chuyên ngành nào. “Mỗi kỳ, em được chọn những lớp em thấy hứng thú để theo học: kinh tế vĩ mô, giới thiệu tâm lý học, tiếng Trung cơ bản, Toán và Khoa học máy tính là những lớp dành để tìm hiểu về chuyên ngành đó.”

Ngoài ra, “một trong số những lý do em chọn trường khai phóng đó là cơ hội làm việc với các giáo sư. Ở các trường khai phóng, sỉ số sinh viên trong lớp rất ít, tầm 15 – 20 bạn, cho nên cơ hội gặp gỡ và trò chuyện với các giáo sư rất nhiều.”

Khám phá hành trình chạm đến nền giáo dục khai phóng của cô bạn nhỏ nhắn Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh tại podcast Chuyện du học:

 

 

Hành trình du học

“Phải chuẩn bị sớm!” – đó là điều đầu tiên mà Kiều Anh đã đúc kết được từ quá trình nộp hồ sơ du học

Có những việc chúng ta hoàn toàn không thể lường trước, như trong mùa dịch Covid-19 này, các trung tâm luyện thi các chứng chỉ SAT, Ielts phải đóng cửa nên các bạn học sinh sẽ “trở tay không kịp”. Và nếu được quay lại, Kiều Anh sẽ chọn học các chứng chỉ này sớm hơn, để tập trung tối đa thời gian cho các hoạt động ngoại khóa. 

Nhắc đến hoạt động ngoại khóa, một bài học khác cô bạn rút ra đó là, đừng nên “đổ xô” tham gia các hoạt động ngoại khóa mà hãy tham gia có chọn lọc. Lý do là vì, hoạt động ngoại khóa không chỉ ảnh hưởng đến việc học trên lớp mà còn khiến cho hồ sơ du học bị rời rạc, thiếu tính định hướng – Kiều Anh chia sẻ trong podcast.

 

Theo Kiều Anh, chuẩn bị sớm là vào thời điểm nào?

Em nghĩ bắt đầu thứ học kỳ 2 của lớp 10!

 

Thông tin du học có đầy trên các mạng xã hội và kênh truyền thông, lợi hay hại?

“Em cảm thấy khó khăn nhất (trong quá trình chuẩn bị hồ sơ) đó là có quá nhiều thông tin trên mạng, mạng xã hội mà em không biết nó đúng hay sai, vì em chưa bao giờ du học Mỹ cũng như chưa từng nộp đơn du học”. Đây có lẽ là một trở ngại phổ biến mà các bạn học sinh cuối cấp gặp phải khi bắt đầu hành trình du học. Lời khuyên từ Kiều Anh, cũng như E2 dành cho bạn đó là, hãy tìm sự giúp đỡ từ những người đi trước hoặc thậm chí những cố vấn du học để giúp bạn chọn lọc thông tin, định hướng rõ ràng và tìm được chiến lược nộp hồ sơ du học hợp lý.

Sau cùng, trong hành trình du học này, hãy giữ tinh thần như cô bạn Kiều Anh của chúng ta: “thật sự vui và hạnh phúc với lựa chọn của mình.”

Podcast Chuyện du học rất vui khi được trò chuyện với Kiều Anh về hành trình của một học sinh Việt Nam mang trong mình niềm yêu thích dành cho nền giáo dục khai phóng. Podcast với Kiều Anh mang đến cho chúng ta nhiều thông tin thực tế, đưa chúng ta đi từ trải nghiệm du học mùa Covid đến tinh thần của triết lý giáo dục khai phóng. 

Nghe trọn vẹn “Chuyện du học” Podcast để được Kiều Anh chia sẻ trải nghiệm du học “thời Covid-19” của em và những người bạn

“Chuyện du học” là kênh Podcast do chương trình College Compass của Everest Education thực hiện – nơi chia sẻ với bạn tất tần tật những kinh nghiệm liên quan đến quá trình chuẩn bị hồ sơ du học, chọn trường, viết luận, nộp học bổng…  

Bạn có thể đánh giá, góp ý, cũng như đặt ra bất kỳ câu hỏi nào cho “Chuyện du học” tại đây: https://forms.gle/AUr9DzWNrL8iBwnm7 

Tìm hiểu thêm về chương trình College Compass tại: http://bit.ly/collegecompass

4 Common Types Of College Essays And How To Write Them

4 Common Types Of College Essays And How To Write Them

When it comes to college applications, you likely know that you will need to write (a lot of) essays.

Luckily, most schools accept the Common Application, which means you can write a single essay and submit it to most schools.  However, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and many others will ask you to fill out various supplemental (or secondary) essays.  Some universities will ask you to complete one additional essay; other schools will ask you to complete multiple essays.  In addition, the essay lengths will vary from school to school and from prompt to prompt.

Some students think they should treat their personal statement as the main “essay question” on the test, whereas they consider the supplemental essays as “short answer” questions. While it’s true that your personal statement almost always allows you the most space to share an aspect of who you are, you must treat your supplementary with the same rigor.

In order to make sure you have plenty of time to brainstorm, write, and edit your essays, we recommend starting as early as possible.  As Nguyễn Hải Nam – our College Compass alumni – used to share: “Many friends of mine become discouraged with the college essays, as they wait until the second semester to start writing them – but it’s also when you have so many other things on your plate: extracurriculars, researches, theory of knowledge for the International Baccalaureate… I was so lucky as the College Compass team helped me to craft the essays in the summer already; therefore, I have more time to refine them without feeling overwhelmed.”

Read more about Hải Nam and his unique, inspiring, and adorable story on Thanh Niên newspaper: https://thanhnien.vn/giao-duc/chon-truong/nam-sinh-gianh-hoc-bong-toan-phan-tu-4-truong-dai-hoc-hang-dau-tai-my-1366715.html

So before the fall semester rolls around, take this summer as a time of freedom in which students can find space and quiet to simply start working on your college prep, especially the essay! 

This article will introduce four main types of college application essay prompts to give you a few topic ideas for free writing and begin the essay writing process.  Let’s take a look at each type and strategize how you should tackle each one.

Type #1: “Why Our School” Essay

The actual supplemental essay prompt may look a little different. Still, ultimately it comes down to the college asking you to explain why you are applying to a specific university or program.

 

Here is a typical example from the University of Northwestern:

“Other parts of your application give us a sense of how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you’ll make use of specific resources and opportunities here.”

 

This is the most common supplemental question asked by universities.  The point of this essay is to be specific about why that program, in particular, would be an excellent fit for you because of your unique interests, talents, and abilities.  The more specific you are when writing this essay, the more likely the school will agree with your assessment. 

After you determine the answers to these questions, you have the first piece of the essay, and can then add in the second: how does the school fill your specific needs? 

Here are a few quick tips to help you write a great response:

  1. READ THE QUESTION CLOSELY

For each school, the question may differ a little. Some schools ask, “why our school?” while others ask, “why our community?” or “why our curriculum?” Tailor your answer to the specific question for a more thoughtful, thorough response.

  1. DO YOUR RESEARCH

Colleges want to know that you are genuinely interested in attending their school. Research the college through their website or campus visits and mention their specific courses, professors, research projects, organizations, or values in your response.

First, to illustrate your compatibility, determine what makes a college a good fit for you, beginning with academics. What specific programs do they offer? What majors? Are there specific faculty members with which you might want to work? What research opportunities does the school provide? 

  1. SHOW HOW YOU WILL FIT IN

Talk specifically about why you are a good fit for the school because of their curriculum, campus life, or values. Even if you bring something unique to the table, show how that will contribute to their university.

You can – and should – also mention non-academic factors, but they should not be the core of the essay. For example, both Berkeley and Brown have vital programs, but they are very different.  Brown is a small, private college with no core curriculum in the Ivy League, while Berkely is on the opposite coast, a large public institution with a strong athletic tradition. These are myriad factors to consider outside of academics. You do not have to mention all of them, but again, determine what matters to you and describe how the school fills those desires. 

Type #2: Extracurricular Activities and Academic Interests Essay

The schools you apply to will have your resume.  However, they often use the supplemental essay to learn more about an activity or interest of yours by asking you to go into more detail. 

 

Here’s an example from Princeton University:

“Briefly elaborate on an activity, organization, work experience, or hobby that has been particularly meaningful to you. (Please respond in about 150 words, maximum 200 words)”

 

These essays ask you specifically about an extracurricular you have participated in.  While your personal statement and other essays can and should draw you from the experiences in extracurriculars, this essay focuses exclusively on one.

Here are quick tips to help you write a great response:

  1. GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

This type of supplemental essay usually includes a short word count (about 150 words). So include what matters: the activity, why it matters to you, and how it reflects your character or future goals.

To give you an idea, let’s take a look at the passage below – an excerpt from a supplemental essay written by Nguyễn Văn Chiến for Princeton. Chiến is our College Compass student who just got accepted into Princeton this 2021 summer.

“Coming from a financially struggling family, I know the challenges facing poverty-stricken ninth-graders. I understand how pressures pile up as the exam day approaches and they have to convince themselves that the outdated torn-apart books they have would stand them in good stead in a cut-throat competition for a seat in prestigious high schools – one that could change their lives’ trajectories. I want to offer a source of help that would reinforce their persistence in pursuit of a better future.”

 

Listen to Chuyện du học podcast with Nguyễn Văn Chiến to learn more about essay tips that got him into Princeton:

 

  1. SHOW A DIFFERENT SIDE OF YOURSELF

If you already talked about an extracurricular in your personal statement or another supplemental essay, then avoid using it again unless you have something truly unique to say about it for another essay. Speaking about multiple different extracurriculars across different essays provides greater depth to your application and tells colleges things they would otherwise not know about you.

  1. BE CREATIVE

Just because the essay is short, this doesn’t mean it needs to be boring! Use figurative language, vivid details, and active verbs to illustrate your story.   

Type #3: Community Contributions and Solving of Global Problems

This type of supplemental essay gauges whether you are a person who gets involved in your community, thinks critically about societal issues and works effectively with others to solve problems.

 

Here’s an example from the Yale University

“Reflect on your membership in a community. Why is your involvement important to you? How has it shaped you?  You may define community however you like.”

 

This essay comes in many guises; for instance, Stanford has a prompt that inquires about society’s problems; Brown’s prompt asks students about “a place you call home,”; while the above example uses the example of a local bridge to talk about messages.  However, these questions all share one fundamental similarity: they are determining your values.  Whether your answer focuses on racism, global warming, a community you care about, or a message you want to share, this supplemental essay explores an idea or cause that you value – something you think is essential.

 

Here are quick tips to help you write a great response:

  1. ROOT YOUR ANSWER IN AN EXPERIENCE

Some schools will ask you to focus on an experience; others, a future opportunity.  However, no matter how the question is framed, you should ground your answer in your own experiences if you want it to be exciting and authentic.

  1. BE SPECIFIC

Here are good and bad examples of how to answer a question that focuses on societal problems:

Bad example:
“I’m very passionate about combating racism. Racism is a problem our country has faced for far too long, and our policymakers need to do more about it so that everyone can enjoy equal opportunities.”

>> Good example:
“I have had the privilege of going to a top-tier magnet school in my state. But to do so, I had to leave my community and go to a school where neither my teachers, counselors, nor classmates resembled me. And while I am grateful for the education I received, I want to use that education to go back to my community so that in the future, other African-American students won’t need to venture outside of their neighborhood schools to receive a quality education.”

These answers are not complete but notice that the first response is generic, impersonal, and not memorable. The second answer is personal, specific, and interesting.  This essay should describe your growth as an individual through your contributions to the greater whole and how you improved the group.  Admissions officers are trying to build a community in their admitted class and want to be sure you will be a vital part of that community. 

Type #4: “Quotation”

These essays ask students to interact with and respond to a quote.  The quote in question will (usually) relate to the school, its mission, or its values somehow.  This essay aims to use the quote as a lens to discuss yourself and your possible ties to the school community.

 

Here’s an example from Amherst College

“Translation is the art of bridging cultures. It’s about interpreting the essence of a text, transporting its rhythms and becoming intimate with its meaning… Translation, however, doesn’t only occur across languages: mentally putting any idea into words is an act of translation; so is composing a symphony, doing business in the global market, understanding the roots of terrorism. No citizen, especially today, can exist in isolation– that is, untranslated.”  – Ilán Stavans, Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, Robert Croll ’16 and Cedric Duquene ’15, from “Interpreting Terras Irradient,” Amherst Magazine, Spring 2015.

 

This type of essay offers students a chance to demonstrate not just who you are and what you value but how you think. Here are quick tips to help you write a great response:

  1. UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION:

The first step in breaking down these prompts is to decode what the speaker means. It’s essential to do this first rather than just running with an idea; you want to ensure that you are actually responding to the quotation rather than just running with a view you had related to one or two keywords in the prompt. In that sense, there is a certain degree of reading comprehension involved in crafting your response.  For example, “the art of translation” as above is a fairly broad topic, so it should not be just about linguistics majors, but any translation in your life can form a good story angle to tell.

  1. BRING SOME ASPECT OF YOURSELF TO LIGHT:

The beauty of this prompt is that it’s wide open in terms of potential topics. Identity, background, family, culture or community—you’re bound to have an exciting story to tell (or likelier, several). And the odds are high that it’ll be unique to you, which is a great way to stand out. As you think through your options, ask yourself: “Which best allows me to speak to my identity and isn’t something I’ve already shared in my application?”

Approaching this topic, Lê Mỹ Hiền – College Compass alumni 2020 – shared that “the art of translation for me is bridging the differences between different cultures. I wrote about Psychology – a subject that really interests me.  For me, Psychology is translation: we need to put ourselves in the other’s shoes to understand their thoughts and feelings, then ‘translate’ back into our own thoughts and feelings. That way, we can communicate well with others using love and empathy. I told Amherst that I wanted to pursue my ‘translation’ mission, especially amidst this chaotic time where the world is divided by so many things.”

Mỹ Hiền is also a successful case of College Compass who got full-ride scholarships from Harvard, Duke, and Amherst.

Listen to Chuyện du học podcast with Lê Mỹ Hiền to see how she tackle this interesting topic in her answer to Amherst:

Parting words

This article covers the most 4 popular types of essays that you may bump into when applying to colleges, but some schools will have their eccentricities or oddball questions they throw at you. In that event, remember the core lesson: supplemental essays serve to tell the school more about you, the information they could not learn in any other way.

Writing a college essay is like opening the door to a larger conversation with the reader.  At the end of the day, your essay must have the power to make the school admission officer think: I” want to have a conversation with this student.” 

At College Compass, we develop a solid system to help students understand deeply about themselves, brainstorm potential topics, and roof you all the way long to craft the best essays!

College Compass is a college admission consulting program by Everest Education. We offer strategic solutions to help aspiring high school students (Grade 9-12) and gap year students get into the best universities and colleges in the world. 

Our program is led by experienced admissions counselors/coaches who graduated from top US universities (Harvard, Stanford, MIT, UPenn…) and thoroughly understand the US education system. Our students have been accepted to many top universities globally, including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, Williams, Amherst… 

We offer a personalized pathway and strategies for you, including school selection, standardized testing, extracurricular activity guidance, essay writing, scholarship applications, etc. No matter which phase you are in, we offer a tailored package to your age, preferences and study goals to help you achieve your dreams.

Learn more about College Compass at: https://e2.com.vn/programs/college-compass/

Reference:

https://www.ivyscholars.net/2020/07/27/the-9-types-of-supplemental-essays-and-how-to-write-them/

https://www.shemmassianconsulting.com/blog/supplemental-college-application-essays

 

 

 

5 Key Differences Between National Universities and Liberal Arts College

5 Key Differences Between National Universities and Liberal Arts College

“Should I choose a liberal arts college or a national university?” might be one of the most common questions every student probably heard in its many variations, especially when it comes to studying in the U.S.

As you are starting your college search, the vast majority of schools you see will fall into two categories: liberal arts colleges (LAC) vs. national universities (NU).  You probably have a general understanding of the differences between the two, but the designations can be confusing.  Liberal arts colleges are not necessarily liberal or artsy, and universities do not just refer to massive, research-centric schools.

Selecting your school is still a deeply personal choice, but knowing the institution type can tell you a great deal about the school.  So what is a liberal arts college? And how do they differ from universities? Which is a better fit for you? 

This article will answer all these questions and clarify significant differences and emerging trends between these two types of schools to help you create a more dynamic school list, as well as inform decisions about which schools have the potential to become your second home.

 

1. LAC vs. NU: Curriculum

Liberal Arts College (LAC)National University (NU)
- LACs tend to place more of an emphasis on undergraduate education and offer a more traditional, broad, and general education. They award most of their degrees in the liberal arts disciplines, including social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and arts.

- LACs require students to take a wide variety of courses to give them exposure to a range of liberal arts studies with a broader knowledge base. In general, they do not focus on career-related classes as heavily as universities do.
- Universities generally consist of graduate schools, professional schools (in engineering, law, business, and medical, to name a few) and undergraduate programs. They may be a better choice for students interested in a technical degree with a career focus in engineering, computer science, or accounting.

- Universities focus on each student’s major with relatively fewer general core requirements. They offer classes more tailored to each student’s specific career needs, especially those who want to pursue a technical career path.

University of Pennsylvania. Source: businessinsider

To give you an example, a student at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in engineering has options. He can either major in engineering through a bachelor of science program or do a dual degree in engineering through the bachelor of science and bachelor of arts programs.  But at a liberal arts college like Amherst College, which doesn’t offer an engineering major, students can still become engineers through majors related to the study, like sciences, mathematics, and statistics, or even through graduate school following Amherst.

In fact, universities are still better known for their required core curriculums and pre-professional programs when compared to liberal arts colleges.  However, the beauty of “liberal arts” philosophy is their cross-disciplinary programs and flexible curriculums that encourage exploration and “trying out” different subjects before declaring any major.  So, consider this as you assess liberal arts colleges vs. universities.  “As a simple way of thinking about it, if you enjoy thinking about complex issues, developing yourself beyond academics or pursuing a graduate degree, then a liberal arts education could be a perfect fit for you.  On the other hand, if you’re more focused on professional development and career prospects, then I would recommend pursuing a degree at a national university.”, said Don Le – Stanford graduates, our CEO and Co-founder at Everest Education, who is also taking his role as a Senior Lead Counselor for the College Compass program.

 

2. LAC vs. NU: Campus and Community

Aerial view of Stanford University Campus – Palo Alto, California, USA

The most recognizable difference in the battle between liberal arts colleges vs. universities is the vibe of their campuses and communities.  Undergraduate and graduate populations mingle together at universities, whereas liberal arts colleges only have around 4,000 undergraduate students, give or take.

Liberal arts college students typically live on-campus and can find everything they need for academic and social life without venturing too far from the school grounds.  The community is often seen as more tight-knit because the smaller population makes it easier to connect with classmates and faculty members.  College buildings and facilities are centrally concentrated, but at universities, campus maps can be sprawling landscapes where getting from one class to another becomes part of your daily exercise routine!  Take Stanford’s campus, which boasts over 8,000 acres of space with 700 buildings and 43,000 trees.

In terms of student life, liberal arts colleges have fewer interest groups, clubs, and activities.  It is also worth noting that universities have a better history of promoting and achieving diversity within each incoming class.  Schools like to attract the best, brightest, and most exciting applicants from different backgrounds worldwide. Still, universities generally have more diverse student populations in terms of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.  The top liberal arts colleges have less diversity, even among their international students. Applicants are somewhat self-selective, a good number coming from private schools or (upper) middle-class backgrounds. Think about what matters to you when selecting the type of campus community you want to be a part of.

 

3. LAC vs. NU: Inside the classroom

One of the significant differences between liberal arts colleges vs. universities is inside the classroom.  When it comes to class size, liberal arts colleges pride themselves on having small, intimate spaces where learning is more personal, prioritizing the interactions between students and professors.  The lack of graduate students translates to classes taught mainly by professors or lecturers instead of teaching assistants.  Many liberal arts colleges have student-to-faculty ratios of 10:1 or lower.  LACs tend to offer seminars rather than lectures, which leads to greater student engagement.  Students have many opportunities to speak out during seminars, ask questions and engage in classroom discussions.  At LACs, students also have more chances to speak and engage with professors and classmates outside of class.

Universities, on the contrary, can have lectures with 200 or more students, which is especially true for introductory or required courses.  Universities are well known for their breadth and depth of research opportunities.  Due to their larger student bodies, universities offer more lectures than seminars.  Some classes or discussion sections are taught by graduate students serving as teaching assistants (TAs) rather than professors.

Nguyễn Mai Kiều Anh – our College Compass student – delves deeply into how she took advantage of the liberal arts curriculum in her episode with Chuyện du học podcast. Kiều Anh is a College Compass alumni who was accepted to Cornell University but then turned down the offer to study at Williams College – as she fell in love with the liberal arts philosophy there. Williams College is ranked #1 in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges for National Liberal Arts Colleges, according to the U.S.News

 

Listen to Kiều Anh podcast at:

 

4. LAC vs. NU: Financial Aid

Elite private universities can have a hefty price tag at about $55,000 per academic year, yet so do many national liberal arts colleges.  However, many of these colleges offer very generous financial aid.  The financial aid offices can offer scholarships based on merit, talent, and need.  Students often find they have to pay about the same, or possibly less, out of pocket to attend a private college than a public university.

After accounting for scholarships and need-based grants, the top liberal arts colleges are also known for being the “best value” based on US News & World Report findings.  This includes Williams, Amherst, Pomona, Wellesley, and Swarthmore.  We suggest students and families weighing school fit and academic quality against the financial package before making a firm decision on which to prefer over the other.

 

5. LAC vs. NU: Career opportunities

Both LACs and universities offer potential career opportunities for students.  Given their larger student bodies, universities host more on-campus career fairs and recruitment events.  They also boast a larger alumni network, which provides students with connections and career options.  In prominent universities,  professors are expert researchers in their field.  This gives students access to some of the latest research and classes taught by energized and recognized researchers who can help them get ahead in their program of study.  By contrast, students at LACs likely have a stronger relational bond with alumni, professors, and classmates. This means students are more likely to be referred to internships and jobs.

 

Two Sides to Every Coin

The bottom line is, differences between liberal arts colleges vs. universities can be seen as either pros or cons, depending on your perspective.  To put it simply, take a look at the table below to keep in mind the key differences:

LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGEUNIVERSITY
Focus on a well-rounded educationFocus on research
Typically small in enrollment sizeTypically large in enrollment size
Emphasis on undergraduate educationGraduate, Ph.D., and professional education offered
More classroom discussionLarge lecture classes
Typically few or no teaching assistantsUse of teaching assistants
Small class sizesBig class sizes
Less competition to attain leadership positionsNational name recognition
More attention with facultyBigger focus on athletics
Sometimes described as "mini-high schools" because gossip spreads fastMore anonymity on campus

Source: Niche.com

Overall, the boundary between liberal arts colleges vs. universities has blurred over time.  Many universities incorporate aspects of the liberal arts education or atmosphere into their schools, with residential college systems and honors programs that offer smaller class sizes. The prevailing image of liberal arts colleges is also shifting, no longer a haven for just humanities and social science buffs, with expanding curriculums that include pre-professional tracks for business, engineering, journalism, and more.

If you think you would thrive at a university, take the time to look into liberal arts colleges, too. And if you are still torn between the two, our consultants at College Compass are more than willing to help.

College Compass is a college admission consulting program by Everest Education. We offer strategic solutions to help aspiring high school students (Grade 9-12) and gap year students get into the best universities and colleges in the world.

 

Our program is led by experienced admissions counselors/coaches who graduated from top US universities (Harvard, Stanford, MIT, UPenn…) and thoroughly understand the US education system. Our students have been accepted to many top universities globally, including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, Williams, Amherst…

 

We offer a personalized pathway and strategies for you, including school selection, standardized testing, extracurricular activity guidance, essay writing, scholarship applications, etc. No matter which phase you are in, we offer a tailored package to your age, preferences and study goals to help you achieve your dreams.

 

Learn more about College Compass at: https://e2.com.vn/programs/college-compass/

What Is AP Program and AP Test (Advanced Placement)?

What Is AP Program and AP Test (Advanced Placement)?

General Information

  • The AP program is an internationally recognized pre-university curriculum created by College Board that offers year 12 and 13 students (or year 11 and 12 in some schools) an opportunity to gain a diploma based on a comprehensive and integrated curriculum that meets international standards.
  • Students who successfully complete the AP program and achieve a high score for the AP exam demonstrate to college admission officers that they have sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. They also receive tremendous advantages like:

– Stand out across admissions

– Earn college credits

– Skip introductory classes

– Build college skills

  • There are around 38 courses that fall under 7 main categories offered by AP Program. With the completion of the AP courses, students will be considered qualified or well-prepared for some subjects in college.

– AP Capstone

– Art

– English

– History and Social Science

– Math and Computer Science

– Sciences

– World Language and Culture

Who should take AP Program?

The test is intended to assess students’ readiness for college and reflect on students’ performance in high school.
– High school students want to pursue a more intensive and more serious academic path through their favorite subjects.
– Students planning to study at a higher education institution for Undergraduate and Graduate courses (optional)
– Scholarship and certification candidate

How is the test conducted?

Depending on the subjects that a student is taking, the format for each subject will be different. Normally, an exam will last about 3.30 hours and has 2 sections where students answer first Multiple-Choice questions and second Free-Response questions. These 2 sections are equally responsible for 50% of the final exam score.

Here are some of the most popular subjects that most students will take exams from:

  1. AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC

Section I: Multiple Choice | 45 Questions | 1 hour and 45 minutes

  • Part A— 30 questions | 60 minutes (calculator not permitted)
  • Part B— 15 questions | 45 minutes (graphing calculator required)

Section II: Free-Response | 6 Questions | 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Part A— 2 problems | 30 minutes (graphing calculator required)
  • Part B— 4 problems | 60 minutes (calculator not permitted)
  1. AP English Language and Composition

Section I: Multiple Choice | 52 to 55 questions | 1 hour | 45% of Exam Score

Excerpts from non-fiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions.

Section II: Free-response | 2 hours and 15 minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 3 Free-Response Questions | 55% of Exam Score

How is AP Test scored?

Your AP Exam score is a weighted combination of your scores on the multiple-choice section and the free-response section. AP Exam scores are reported on a 5-point scale that indicates how qualified the student is to receive college credit and placement for their performance:

5 = extremely well qualified

4 = well qualified

3 = qualified

2 = possibly qualified

1 = no recommendation

AP Exam scores of 5 are equivalent to grades of A+ and A in the corresponding college course.  AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to grades of A-, B+, and B in college.  AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to grades of B-, C+, and C in college.

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Unveil the Secrets of Universe with Space Explorers Squad by Everest Education

Unveil the Secrets of Universe with Space Explorers Squad by Everest Education

Do you want to unveil the secrets of space, planets and even … make friends with aliens ?! Join E2 Space Explorers Squad to “ROCKET INTO SUMMER” in the great universe through various activities.

🚀 E2 2021 Summer will be full of adventures, through which your English, Math, STEAM skills will be explored.

“Unveil” the Secrets of Universe with Space Explorers Squad

 

1. Space is completely silent

🌌 Did you know: There is no atmosphere in space, which means that sound has no medium or way to travel to be heard. 

🛰️ The universe contains so many mysteries, right! Hey dear, do you want to “reveal” the secrets of space, planets and even … aliens ?! Join the E2 Space Explorers Squad to “ROCKET INTO SUMMER” in the great universe through various activities.

Fact #1: Astronauts use radios to stay in communication while in space since radio waves can still be sent and received 👨‍🚀

 

 

 

2. A full NASA space suit costs $12,000,000

To be a NASA or SpaceX staff at STEAM space exploration camp with Everest Education!

E2 Summer camp looks like a “space base,” right? Because every week, kids get to participate in a “genuine” project such as:

☀️ Modeling the solar system,

☄️ Mapping constellations,

🚀 Creating a vehicle to fly into space,

… and many other great activities.

Fact #2: 70% of that cost is for the backpack and control module 👨‍🚀

 

 

3. One million Earths could fit inside the Sun

This summer, our Singapore Math classes are ready to join you in exploring the exciting relationship between Mathematics and the universe. Let’s figure out the size of the earth, the distance between planets, gravity and energy, shapes in space, communication in space…and beyond this summer!

Fact #3: the Sun is considered an average-size star ☀️

 

 

 

 

 

4. Which is the largest planet in the solar system?

a. Venus

b. Earth 

c. Jupiter

d. Neptune

 

 

 

 

 

5. Hundreds of thousands of man-made objects are zipping around Earth

Is there garbage outside of space? “Talking About Trash” is one of the various topics that show up in our English Language Arts classes this summer.

Students who love the beauty of English language arts will have a captivating experience practicing using the language and broadening knowledge about culture and space with human and alien Civil Rights, Astronomy, Life and Opportunities in the Space Industry.  

Fact #4: Those hundreds of thousands of man-made objects are from dead satellites to errant nuts and bolts. They may put our working satellites at risk.

 

 

 

6. If you weighed 150 kg on Earth, how much would you weigh on Mars?

If you weighed 150 kg on Earth, how much would you weigh on Mars?
a. 37 kg
b. 47 kg
c. 57 kg
d. 67 kg
Not only to unveil the secrets of space, planets and even aliens, but E2 Space Explorers Squad will also challenge your kids space-relevant formula. Take, for example, a little quiz below.
What is your answer? And how do you get it?

#E2summer2021 #EverestEducation #summer2021 #SpaceExplorersSquad #RocketIntoSummer #keeponlearning

Fact Reference: theplanets.org, natgeokids.com, nationalgeographic.com

Top 5 Podcasts Every High School Student Should Listen To

Top 5 Podcasts Every High School Student Should Listen To

Do you listen to podcasts?

As technologies have brought many positive impacts on education – podcasts, along with audiobooks, become the emerging trend for students and even teachers to learn new things and update knowledge.  Not only are they easy to use with an internet connection, they are creative, interesting, bursting with information and perfect for multitaskers, especially high school students.

High school is perhaps one of the biggest turning points of a person’s life.  So while you’re all in the stage where you wonder who you really want to be in the years to come, why not try listening to Podcasts to give yourself some insights about life?  Just by listening, students can learn a number of things from podcasts before entering the adult world, connect to broader discussions and gain new perspectives that will help inform your studies.

This article is our top picks of 5 podcasts any high school student should listen to, with topics ranging from academic related stuff where you could be able to extend your knowledge, to inspirational ones which would give you some great things to think about how to live your life and how to enjoy what you have.

1. TED Talks Daily

This is essentially TED talks on the go. You know about TED Talks — the conference series on technology, entertainment, and design (“TED”) that morphed into a diverse, hugely influential media organization of online content, independent events, and fellowships. Their latest talks come in audio format, covering just about everything from every subject you could ever think of. These thought-provoking talks are given by the world’s leading thinkers and doers. If you like TED and TEDx conferences and videos, consider this as your audio plug.  

TED Talks are short, impactful, and full of information straight from experts and world leaders.  Every weekday, TED Talks Daily posts the audio from the best TED talks, both new and old.  Rather than searching through YouTube or the TED website to find the best talks, you can now just open your favorite podcast app and find a curated list.  The episodes can range from 5 to 30 minutes long, which makes them perfect to listen to before school or between classes.

  • Average episode time: 10 mins
  • Must-listen episode: “How vulnerability makes you a better leader” – Tracy Young
  • Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Podcast,

2. Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders is a weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship, co-sponsored by BASES and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.  This podcast is incredibly rewarding for everyone, especially high school students and undergraduates interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial venture.  This podcast serves as a platform for informed leaders who share their personal stories behind their success.  Each week, experienced entrepreneurs and innovators come to Stanford University to candidly share lessons they’ve learned while developing, launching and scaling disruptive ideas.  Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders is a candid exploration of the entrepreneurial journey where you can meet leaders from top companies and universities of the world sharing their personal stories of the secrets and setbacks behind read success.

  • Average episode time: 35 min
  • Must-listen episode: David Rogier (MasterClass) – “Finding the Right Motivation”
  • Where to listen: website, Spotify or Apple Podcast

3. Overhead at National Geographic

National Geographic is a household name, especially for those who love science and nature. Nat Geo might be best known for their magazine or their new shows on Disney+, but they also have a podcast! 

Overheard at National Geographic is definitely one of the best podcasts for high school students, especially for those who are fascinated by the world around them.  Each week, hosts Peter Gwin and Amy Briggs are joined by a scientist, photographer, or explorer to discuss a conversation they overheard at the National Geographic headquarters.  Because National Geographic covers such a wide variety of issues, the podcast is very diverse.  Some episodes cover more historical topics such as the judicial papyrus of Turin, some others will talk about science, music, or life on Mars.

Come dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations overheard at National Geographic’s headquarters, as you follow explorers, photographers, and scientists to the edges of our big, weird, beautiful world. 

  • Average episode time: 25~30 min
  • Must-listen episode: “The Frozen Zoo”
  • Where to listen: Spotify, Apple Podcast

4. The College Investor Audio Show

Zoom in on college students’ most pressing financial topics with “The College Investor Audio Show” hosted by Robert Farrington. A “millennial money expert,” Farrington built the College Investor brand to help students get out of debt and start building wealth.

The College Investor Audio Show is a daily short format podcast that highlights the best content from The College Investor blog.  The podcast will cover personal finance and investing topics ranging from getting out of student loan debt, to side hustling and earning more money, to investing and building wealth.  Learn common sense investing strategies alongside ways to reduce college costs and diversify your income streams. 


5. Stuff You Should Know

No podcast recommendation list would be complete without Stuff You Should Know.  This podcast covers topics in every area of interest, which makes it the perfect place to start if you’re new to podcasts. 

Three times a week, Stuff You Should Know educates listeners on topics chosen by hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant. Josh and Chuck do their own research and provide listeners with a basic, preliminary understanding of the topic. 

Whether you’re just a curious person or you have a specific area that you’d like to learn more about, Stuff You Should Know is sure to fit that need.  At once academic, funny, and mellow, “Stuff You Should Know” hashes out a staggering variety of obscure topics. The explanatory conversation between Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant covers historical curiosities, explores disarmingly simple questions (“How Coyotes Work”), and follows strange things to their odder ends. Take for example, “How Cult Deprogramming Works.”

“Stuff You Should Know” has been going strong for over 10 years and continues to release three new episodes a week, growing their 1,000-plus back catalogue.

5*. Chuyện Du Học

This list consists of 5 podcasts, but this is a special bonus for you!  We couldn’t possibly recommend a list of the best podcasts for high school students without mentioning “Chuyện du học” – the podcast show produced by our College Compass program.  Though you see “du học” (studying abroad) in the title, “Chuyện du học” is not just a great resource for you to listen before applying to colleges abroad, but also teach you so many meaningful things about self-reflection and understanding yourself.

Every other week, we will interview a College Compass or Everest Education alumni, who graduated from our programs and are now learning at top universities and colleges, or an admissions expert, professionals and entrepreneurs, to talk about succeeding in high school and the college admissions process. Our guest speakers pull from their own experiences as students and as evaluators of thousands of college applications to give advice to current high school students. 

Episodes touch on not only admissions components like the personal statement or letters of recommendation, but also other various aspects of studying abroad, internships, higher education, and career growth.

  • Average episode time: 30 mins
  • Must-listen episode: “What Is the Gig Economy?”
  • Where to listen: Spotify, Google podcast and Anchor.

College Compass is a College Advisory Program by Everest Education, where we offer personalized coaching and guidance to students from earlier years of high school. Our alumni have successfully applied to the most competitive schools in the world (Harvard University, Stanford University, Cornell University, Duke University, Williams College, Amherst College, NYU, Bates College, University of Southern California, Minerva…).  The program is led by Co-founders and Senior Lead Counselor of Everest Education, who graduated from Stanford University, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, and have served as alumni interviewers for Stanford.

>> Learn more about College Compass at https://e2.com.vn/programs/college-compass/