Austin College students help the environment with Green Serve
Some Austin College students dedicated their Sunday to helping the environment by participating in Green Serve.

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How is my college personal statement?

Describe the environment you come from – for example, your family, community, or school – and how this environment has affected or influenced your plans for the future.

My school consists of me, a kitchen table, and my schoolwork. I began homeschooling the start of my freshman year in high school after graduating from a small Christian school. My family and I couldn’t afford the expenses of a nearby private academy where all my friends attended. The idea of being home away from my friends made me depressed, but I stayed strong and moved on.
Each of my several classes consist of an hour of study followed by a break. A short resting period refreshes my mind and helps me prepare for my next course. My classes are varied with different assignments ranging from multiple choice questions to 10 page research papers. My continual study of new materials has better prepared me for the challenging tasks of college. I like to keep my school organized by maintaining the same schedule each day. A consistent schedule has provided me with structure and focus. I’ve also had the great opportunity of choosing my classes each year with the guidance of my school adviser and parents. This option has allowed me to decide the type of courses to assist my preferred field of study for the future.
Occasionally, my school assignments lack an explanation thorough enough for my understanding. Not having a teacher to explain the materials or another student to work with, I’ve had to go to the extra mile to figure out certain problems. I’ve spent many hours on the internet looking for better explanations and examples until finding a logical explanation. In certain occasions, a neighbor has helped me with assignments. Homeschooling has taught me to use every possible resource until the job is done. Not a single dilemma, whether a confusing physics lab or a long research paper, has stopped me from finishing the task.
My family has taught me Christian values and good morals throughout my life. Being kind and honest are two of the qualities that have been engraved in my mind. I plan to bring all the positive, virtuous attributes I’ve managed to acquire into action. Assisting classmates, discussing current events, and being part of a classroom are a few of the many activities I want to participate in. Not only do I want to better my character, but help shape the lives of my fellow students.

College essays help teens confront past, plan future
College Bound is a St. Louis organization that aims to help themost motivated students in ailing urban school districts get intoand succeed at selective colleges in out-state Missouri and inschools as far away as Maine, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin andMassachusetts.

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College Help, Please. :)?

Hello there.
I am currently a first-semester senior at a small magnet school in the South. Perhaps someone could give me some insight as to how competitive I am regarding scholarship money within the TN State school system (i.e. UTK, MTSU, TTU, etc.), as well as competitiveness for other, more prestigious schools (such as Vanderbilt, Harvard, etc.) Here are a few ‘stats:’

ACT (30) (29)
English (35) (35)
Math (25) (26)
Reading (32) (26)
Science (28) (30)

SAT (1980)
M (540)
V (690)
W (750)

I am, without a doubt, retaking both of these tests in the near future, in hopes that I will score better.

3.93 GPA (unweighted) with challenging courses in high school (e.g. Honors, 3 AP Courses)

VERY involved in extracurriculars…here is a ‘copy’ of my resume:

Extracurricular Activities
Varsity Sports
·Cross country
oGirls’ Captain, State Qualifier, All-County, and Varsity Letter (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
oAll Mid-State Runner, 2nd place Regional Competition (2006)
·Basketball – Varsity Letters (2005, 2006)
·Track – Varsity Letter (Spring 2007), Upcoming participant (Spring 2009)
·Swimming – Participant (2007-08 Season)

School-Sponsored Clubs
·Student Council
oClass Vice-President (2005-2006, 2006-2007)
oClass President (2008-2009)
·Future Business Leaders of America
oMember (2007-2008) & Secretary (2008-2009)
oRegional Competition – 1st place Leadership and 2nd place Public Speaking
oState Competition – 6th place awards in Ethics, Public Speaking, and Human Resource Management
·National Honor Society Member (2007-2008, 2008-2009)
oVolunteer Tutor
·National Forensics League Member (2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2008-2009)
o4th Place Forensics District Tournament – Prose (2006-2007), 4th Place Portland Tournament – Storytelling (2008)
·Newspaper Staff (2005-2006)
·Latin Club (2005-2006)
·Homecoming Committee (2008-2009)

Accomplishments
·Perfect Attendance – Freshman/Sophomore Years (2005-2007)
·“A” Honor Roll – Freshman/Sophomore/Junior Years (2005-2008)
·National Latin Exam – Honorary Award – Magna Cum Laude (Latin I & Latin II)
·National Spanish Exam – Honorable Mention – Spanish I
·Drama Award – Freshman/Sophomore Years (2005-2007)
·Selected as Girls’ State Alternate (2007-2008)
·“Socrates” Award – Voted on by teachers (2007-2008)
·West Point Summer Leaders Seminar – Law Department Award (Summer 2008)
·United States Air Force Academy Summer Seminar Participant (Summer 2008)
·2-time Country Music Half-Marathon Finisher
·Country Music Marathon Finisher (Pending April 2009)

Community Activities
·Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (OLOL) Church Youth Group (2005-Present)
·OLOL Parish Council – Youth Representative (2007-Present)
·OLOL Masses – Reader & Eucharistic Minister (2007-Present)
·SEARCH for Christian Maturity – Retreat for high school juniors & seniors (Oct. 2007)
·Diocese of Nashville Catholic Youth Council – Elected Representative [Northern Region] (2008-Present)
·Teen Court – Lawyer and Juror (2007-Present)
·Youth Leadership Workshop (July 2008)
·OLOL Youth Leader Core Team (2008-2009)
·OLOL Religious Education Teacher – 5th grade (2008-2009)
·“Teens with Christ” Retreat – Leader (September 2008)

Volunteer Activities
·Think Pink! for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – Chief Organizer of Fashion Show to raise money (2006)
·Vacation Bible School Volunteer (Summer 2005, Summer 2006)
·“Rock for Relief” Tornado Benefit Concert – One of head organizers for concert after tornado devastated homes in surrounding area; event sponsored by Student Council (2006)
·“Urban Plunge” – 24 hours of Community Service (April 2008)
·Relay for Life (2008)
·Catholic Heart Work Camp – 5-day Mission Trip with OLOL Church Youth Group (Summer 2008)

Work Experience
·Tutoring – Dena McCarthy/Tracee Beach (2007-Present)
·Lifeguard/Swim Instructor – YMCA of Middle Tennessee (May 2007-October 2008)

Alright, then…

What do you think?
I am certainly extremely confused about college right now – it basically has taken up the entire capacity of my brain for the past few months, and it likely will do the same until May 1, when at last a decision is made.

Any help would be appreciated!
Thank you!

which college? PBA? Asuza? Biola? Any help?

So I’m thinking about going away to a christian college and need some advice. I’m currently attending a community college in chicago, this is my first year though, so I would be applying as a transfer student. Recently I have been pushed to pursue a degree somewhere in religion, and I’ve been thinking about it and have become really interested. So I started looking into some schools including, Baylor, Biola, PBA, Asuza. I have interest in all of them, but I’m just not sure which I should really try for, and if there are other schools that I don’t know about. So let me start off with what im looking for…

-If I go away, one of the MAJOR reasons would be to be able to leave chicago’s weather behind for a few years and go somewhere where the weather is beautiful. That’s got me really looking into Palm Beach. I really want to be somewhere where the weather is gorgeous year round and I can usually always walk around in a wife beater and some shorts.

-My specific passion is with the youth. Are there any christian schools that are known specifically for their excellence in this area? Just curious because it seems like almost all offer a degree in that area, but I haven’t found any site that ranks them according to their strength in youth.

-Social life. Anywhere I would go I would like to be fun, and I would like there to be LOTS of ways to meet new people. Now since Im christian, my ideas of funaren’tt necessarily skanky clubs, or getting drunk at the bars. I’m talking about lots of different stuff to do, different events going on, students into supporting the sports team specificallyy basketball). In general, just a wide variety of activities to do so I don’t get bored and that allows me to constantly see new faces and stuff. The last thing I would want is to get stuck being bored in a dorm for a few years to come. This is another reason I’m interested in PBA, I heard downtown is not too far.

-How strict is everything? I have no idea how strict these christian schools are. Now I dont believe in getting drunk or anything, but I cant lie, I’ll be a little bummed if there is no wheravailablebe for me to grab a beer and watch my Nuggets play every now and then lol. So not to sound arrogant, but for anyone who has gone to any or heard of any examples of harsh rules, I would like to know.

So basically that’s what I’m looking for. I really want whatever college I go to to be more than just for academics, but somewhere i can really enjoy and be happy about, and always remember. I don’t know why, but I feel strongly pushed to keep checking into Biola. However, Palm Beach is still looking really attractive with its wheather. Any other schools to look into in Florida or wherever the wheather is nice is still appreciated. Thx to all…

I’m looking for a mass event for college christians similar to high school youth gatherings such as Youth Encounter Construction Zones, or LCMS National Youth Gathering.