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3/1/14 Seminar: How has she been admitted into Stanford without any AWARDs.


她, 没有参加任何数理竞赛,她没有发表任何文章,她高中甚至没有得到过任何的奖,她也不是运动员。多少高中生梦寐以求的斯坦福大学,独具慧眼,录取了她。
她到底有什么样的魅力?进入斯坦福的“秘诀”到底是什么?

请来参加这次讲座,座位有限,额满为止。(鼓励带初高中生一起参加)

When: 7:00pm-9:00pm, March 1, 2014, Saturday.
Where: 1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129
Fee: $40/person; $60/two family members; $80/three family members; $100/four family members

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[世界日报]神! 3歲女IQ破160 媲美愛因斯坦

神! 3歲女IQ破160 媲美愛因斯坦

亞利桑納州三歲女童埃里希斯‧馬丁是高智商天才俱樂部「門薩」最年輕的會員,智商超過160。(翻攝自ABC15新聞畫面)<br />
亞利桑納州三歲女童埃里希斯‧馬丁是高智商天才俱樂部「門薩」最年輕的會員,智商超過160。(翻攝自ABC15新聞畫面)

亞利桑納州一名三歲女童近日測出的智商竟超過160,堪比英國著名物理學家霍金、「現代物理學之父」愛因斯坦和微軟創始人蓋茲等響噹噹的人物。她同時獲邀加入高智商天才俱樂部「門薩」(Mensa),成為亞利桑納有史以來最年輕的門薩會員。
天才女童埃里希斯‧馬丁(Alexis Martin)自一歲起便展現出高過同齡人的天分。她不但可以在遊戲中為五大洲貼上正確的標籤,每個國家的地理位置也記得一清二楚。
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2014-15 Common App essay prompts!

Common App will feature same essay prompts for 2014-15!

The Common Application announced today that it will retain the same essay prompts for 2014-15! That’s good news for students. Typically students have had to wait until August to know what the prompts will be. This way students can get an earlier start. That said, it’s too soon for juniors to be working on the essay — but not too soon to think about them. Take a look at the list now then tuck it away until June or July.

Here’s the statement in full — including the list of essay prompts - from Scott Anderson, Senior Director for Policy for the Common Application:

 

THE COMMON APPLICATION RECEIVES POSITIVE RESPONSE ON ESSAY PROMPTS

Essay Prompts Successfully Support Holistic Selection Process

 ARLINGTON, VA – FEBRUARY 11, 2014 - After a positive response from Common Application member colleges and school counselors, The Common Application will retain the current set of first-year essay prompts for 2014-15, without any edits or additions. The essay length will continue to be capped at 650 words.

 

In February of 2013, The Common Application Board of Directors unveiled five new essay prompts, the first major revision in several years. The prompts were the culmination of several years of discussion about the role writing plays in a holistic selection process and were designed with the assistance of 15 counselors on the association’s Outreach Advisory Committee, who worked diligently to ensure that all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, would have the chance to tell their unique stories.

Reaction so far among college admission officers and counselors suggests that the revisions are having the desired outcome. “I love the new prompts—and not just because they are new,” says Terry Cowdrey, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Colby College. “I think we are learning more about students.” Karen Felton, Director of Admission at The George Washington University agrees, saying "I enjoy the new prompts because they allow students to focus more on what they feel is important for colleges to know about them."  

 

In a recent survey, nearly 70% of Common Application member colleges and 90% of school counselors indicated that the prompts are effective in helping students represent themselves to colleges. The Common Application has committed to reviewing the essay prompts on an annual basis to ensure they continue to serve students and member colleges well.

 

The essay prompts are as follows:

  •  Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.  How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? 
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.  What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.



Creative Writing Workshop(创意写作互动练习班)

Creative Writing Workshop(创意写作互动练习班)

The workshop is for Middle school and high school students.


      Creative Writing不仅在大学申请的essay或者personal statement的写作上非常重要,也是学校的学习,日常生活,将来的工作各方面的一种基本技能。怎样能最有效地提高孩子的创意写作能力呢?
 
       请带您的孩子参加由哥伦比亚大学英文硕士毕业的作家主讲的讲座。讲座上将以大学申请的一些essays为练习题目,开启思维,以互动的形式,从多方面帮助提高学生的创意写作能力。
 
   

      Applicable to all middle and high school students, especially those applying for college soon. The workshop will use  a number of Sample College Admissions Essays as Skill Building Bricks for Writing Skill development. The workshop is not only practically useful and also mentally inspiring.


Time: 2/15/2014, Saturday, 4:00-5:30pm
Location: 1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129

Fee: $20/per student (parent can be seated if extra seats are available.)

如果有空位,父母可以旁听. 座位有限,报名请速。
 

The creative writing workshop will help students
     Become good storytellers — gain a lifetime skill
     Discover their creative side — unearth their potential

Students will learn, through the workshop, how to
     write using their 5 senses
     
create/invent characters
     aggregate essay influence by combining  
visual and textual effects
     produce
engaging descriptions


     During this intensive workshop, the motivational and passionate teacher will also offer many in-class exercises to students.

In addition, students are welcome to bring their ideas or projects they may have been working on into the class, so their ongoing problems could be solved during or after class.
 
Instructor Profile: 
Teacher Sana graduated from Columbia University with her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing. She has served as a senior College Essay Specialist and English instructor with several renowned educational institutions in the Bay Area.

Sana is also a contributing writer for two magazines, and a newsletter content editor for Center for Career Education in Columbia university. Currently, she is working on a book of short stories. 
 
Some of her awards:
Featured Contributor, Condé Nast Traveler, January 2013
School of Arts Writing Fellowship, Columbia University, 2008-­
2010
American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship, 2009-­
2010
 

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