The Spectrum

College Isn’t Always the Only Option

College Isn’t Always the Only Option

Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor

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 the time that students spend in academia, gap years have risen in both popularity and acceptance. ...

Gap Years are Opportunities for Growth

Gap Years are Opportunities for Growth

Nadia Lee, News Editor

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 new experiences abroad.      Gap years do not have to be a year full of expensive travel trips...

Ninth graders recognize premature college anxiety

Maia Schifman and Maggie Seidel, Staff Writers

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 formal college process and preparation for a college resume. The objective of achieving at the ...

Re-defining discourse

Maxine Whitely and John Miller, Editor-in-Chief and Business Manager

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 world through online mediums and face-to-face interactions. Our administration even felt it necessary ...

Applying to College is too Stressful

Applying to College is too Stressful

Anneliese Moore, Arts and Culture Editor

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 and personally feel this stress. My stress has consistently been at a high during the past thr...

Embellishing on College Applications

Embellishing on College Applications

Katya Tobak, Copy Editor

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. Do you have any activities that you wish to report?” So reads the activities section listed on ...

The cost of charging for public college

The cost of charging for public college

Sean Ericson, Managing Copy Editor

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

UVA article under scrutiny after Rolling Stone mishandles story

Brianna Pomonis, Staff Writer

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 evidence from an investigation by Columbia University shows that Rolling Stone mishandled evidence on the ...

Daunting price of college towers over students

Daunting price of college towers over students

Tom Bauer, Contributing Writer

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 by one of the many universities on their list. Rather than worrying about not getting into a college,...

Laine Higgins ’13 First Collegiate Article

Molly Apple, Managing, InDepth, and Online Editor

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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