May 2012

  • Jerked Around: More and More American College Applicants Get Wait Listed

    Barry Lenson

    Jerked Around: More and More American College Applicants Get Wait Listed Students who are applying to college are pretty patient. By the time they apply to college, they have already been thinking for years about going to college. Then they do all the hard work to get their applications submitted on time. Then they wait for until April rolls around and acceptance letters come. But it turns out that for a growing number of American students, April is only the time when they need to get ready to wait some more. Why? Because more and more of them are being put on college wait lists. In many cases, they will have to cool their heels until summer before they get informed of final decisions about whether they will be offered admission into th ...

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  • Now’s the Time to Train to Become a Nurse

    Barry Lenson

    Now’s the Time to Train to Become a Nurse “The United States is projected to have a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows. Compounding the problem is the fact that nursing colleges and universities across the country are struggling to expand enrollment levels to meet the rising demand for nursing care.” -          From “Nursing Shortage,” published by American Association of Colleges of Nursing, April 12, 2012 If you’d like to train for a job in one of the fast-growing healthcare professions, we have a little advice for you today. This could be a great time to become a nurse.  According to “Nursing Shortage,” an advisory just released by the Ame ...

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  • Give Mom the Gift of Learning on Mother's Day

    Barry Lenson

    Give Mom the Gift of Learning on Mother’s Day Do you have a wonderful mother who deserves a ton of love and thanks on Mother’s Day? If you do, you have enjoyed one of life’s greatest blessings. But here’s a suggestion for you. Along with the cards and the presents you are planning to give her, why not give her something else too? Why not give her the gift of learning? Here are some college courses that could be just the right present for your mother . . . If she has always wanted to write the Great American Novel, or simply to write her own life story or a family memoir, StraighterLine’s English Composition I course is a great place to start. If she is thinking of getting back into the job market, why not give her ...

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  • How to Make the Most of Your Summer, Whether You Get a Job or Not

    Barry Lenson

    “The national unemployment rate might have dipped to 8.4% last month, but the youth job market still remains bleak. According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the youth employment rate for July 2011 (usually the peak of employment for the summer months) was 48.8%, the lowest youth employment rate for the month since 1948.” -          “What College Students Should do Now to Get a Summer Job” by Emily Driscoll, FoxBusiness.com, Feb. 15, 2012 “Do you need to find a summer job?  You're in luck because there is good news to report.  The summer job market for 2012 is going to be one of the best ones in quite a while.” -          “Summer Jobs 2012” by Alison Doyle, About.com, April 15, 2012 Wow, ...

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  • Knowledge through Art: What The House Bunny Teaches Us about American Higher Education

    Barry Lenson

    Knowledge through Art: What The House Bunny Teaches Us about American Higher Education The House Bunny, a movie about college life, hit theaters back in 2008. Nobody accused it of being a masterpiece at the time. In fact, some people dismissed it as a redo of the earlier classic, Legally Blonde (2001), a film made by the same producers. That was not entirely fair, because The House Bunny was really its own animal. For one thing, the film starred the magnificently talented Anna Faris, who has been a mainstay of Scary Movie and its sequels. The House Bunny tells the story of Shelly (played by Faris), a Playboy bunny who gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion because she has hit age 27. She wanders onto a campus, where she becomes the hous ...

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