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College Admissions Foster Competition, Inequality

College Admissions Foster Competition, Inequality
Early decision, early action institutionalize universities’ capital wealth
November 6, 2020

An increasing number of students, especially seniors, are exhausted, stressed, panicked, and worried about their futures. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming election and the future of this...

Cancellation of Spring Season Leads to Plans for Summer, Impacts Recruitment

The Aamoth Stadium lays empty during this time
Athletes speak out as to how quarantine has affected their scouting and off season plans
May 23, 2020

Among all the chaos that has come with the outbreak of COVID-19, student-athletes whose sports are in the spring are devastated that they won’t have a season due to the close contact and high risk of...

College Isn’t Always the Only Option

Weiss’s two children, who graduated from Blake, have both taken gap years.
Adjusting to changing perceptions of time after graduation
May 13, 2019

“You have your whole life to go to school,” explains mother, science teacher, and former college professor Deborah Weiss. In response to this rapidly spreading movement towards relaxing and appreciating...

Gap Years are Opportunities for Growth

Next year, Borgida is planning to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conneticut.
Alumni reflect on experiences, interests
May 13, 2019

For Bea Buckley '18, her gap year served as time to pursue her passion for horse riding. For Jake Borgida '17, the time off was an opportunity to focus on hockey. For Sean Bazzett '18, a gap year meant...

Ninth graders recognize premature college anxiety

Prioritizing personal interests
November 28, 2018

The common desire of many Blake students to receive admission to a top-tier college creates stress that begins much earlier than the college application process. Underclassmen are already focused on the...

Re-defining discourse

Harmful clashes between PC, free speech go nowhere
December 3, 2015

In the wake of national unrest about race relations on college campuses, discussions of the subject have naturally permeated into high schools, too. Uncomfortable, necessary conversations have graced our...

Applying to College is too Stressful

There are many components to a college application, with some that you can blow out of proportion in your favor, and some that you can’t.
A perennial issue engenders embellishment, untruthfulness
December 3, 2015

Every year,  seniors complain about high stress levels as they manage their heavy class schedules while applying to colleges. Only until this year, as a first semester senior, did I actually understand...

Embellishing on College Applications

The screen that greets applicants on the Common Application website.
As seniors apply to college, some tend to exaggerate credentials
November 20, 2015

“Reporting activities can help a college better understand your life outside of the classroom. Your activities may include arts, athletics, clubs, employment, personal commitments, and other pursuits....

The cost of charging for public college

A drawing of a U.S. dollar bill with 0 as the amount.
The U.S. government can afford to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, so why doesn't it?
October 29, 2015
The U.S. government can afford to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, so why doesn't it?

UVA article under scrutiny after Rolling Stone mishandles story

Take Back the Night is one example of a group speaking against sexual violence and assault and offering support and education.
Nationwide response to the discredited article and its wider implications
April 30, 2015

When Rolling Stone’s November article on UVA fraternities dropped,  widespread rage  caused colleges, students, and parents to refocus their view on sexual assault at college campuses. However, new...

Daunting price of college towers over students

Daunting price of college towers over students
Is the price of college worth the commitment?
March 19, 2015

Here at Blake, the vast majority of students move on to pursue a four year degree after graduating. Most students don’t think twice about applying to college, but instead worry about not being accepted...

Laine Higgins ’13 First Collegiate Article

October 10, 2013

Past Editor-In-Cheif, Laine Higgins '13 published her first collegiate article at Penn State. Check it out!

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