December 2011

  • Can this Online College Cost Calculator Help You Find the Cheapest College?

    Barry Lenson

    Can this Online College Cost Calculator Help You Find the Cheapest College? If you’d like to spend 15 minutes in a fun way – and maybe find a very inexpensive college at the same time – we’d urge you to spend a little time playing with the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center online calculator. The calculator generates cost-sorted lists of colleges that fall into different categories. For example, you can generate a list of the most expensive public universities, the least expensive private universities, the most expensive 2-year public colleges, and so on. You have two essential choices about estimating expenses. You can either find out the colleges with the least or most expensive t ...

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  • Medical Terminology Made Simple: Aneurysm

    Barry Lenson

    Medical Terminology Made Simple: Aneurysm As a service to students who are thinking of entering the medical and medical support professions, StraighterLine is running short posts on medical terms. Each post will define one medical problem or condition. Today’s medical term is . . . Aneurysm Aneurysms occur when the wall of an artery grows thin and bulges out like a bubble or a blister. Sometimes they can be “silent,” meaning that they can be present for years without causing any problems. But when they burst, they can wreak havoc by causing internal bleeding. Unless they are treated promptly with surgical techniques after such ruptures occur, they can cause death. Here are the two most serious forms: Cerebral aneurysms occur i ...

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  • How to Reach Your Goals in 2012

    Barry Lenson

    How to Reach Your Goals in 2012 Have you noticed that most people are pretty unrealistic when they set New Year’s resolutions?  They set out goals like these . . . I am going to lose five pounds a month. I am going to go to the gym every day. I am going to buy an SAT workbook, study an hour a night, and take the test this year. I am going to read one book a week. I am going to go back to college in 2012. I am going to redecorate one room in my house every month. I am going to save $1,000 a month. Those are lofty goals. But they are also unreasonable and very hard to achieve.  Because they all set up weekly or monthly timetables, they are actually invitations to fail. If you haven’t lost five pounds or finished four ...

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  • Getting into College Made Easy: Understanding Early Action and Early Decision

    Barry Lenson

    Getting into College Made Easy: Understanding Early Action and Early Decision “Should I apply to college early decision, early action, or just file regular old applications,” is a question that guidance counselors hear from students almost daily. No mistake about it, early decision and early action are confusing.  Let’s take a closer look. Why Apply Early via Early Decision or Early Action? There are good and bad reasons for applying to colleges via early decision or early action. The good reasons? If you are completely convinced that a particular college it is the right school for you, applying early gives you a statistical advantage in getting accepted. Because you have committed to attend the school if you get in, it is ...

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  • America’s Student Debt is Increasing at the Rate of $2,853.88 per Second

    Barry Lenson

    America’s Student Debt is Increasing at the Rate of $2,853.88 per Second America’s Student Debt is Increasing at the Rate of $2,853.88 per Second . . . Visit the Student Load Debt Clock Online The National Debt Clock, currently installed on a wall on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, is a billboard-sized dot matrix display. Constantly updated, it shows the current U.S. gross national debt. The next time you are in New York, you can stop by and watch as those numbers shoot up minute by minute. There is now a similar debt clock that you can visit online, the Student Loan Debt Clock. Instead of showing our gross national debt, it delivers a constantly changing total of America’s gross student loan debt.  This debt clock was created b ...

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