Best of SNO

Ten ways to pick the perfect college

Ten ways to pick the perfect college

By Danielle Hamer

April 15, 2015

For seniors, college decision time is just around the corner. Juniors are planning college visits during spring break. All around the world, high schoolers have college on the mind. Some may wonder how to pick the right school amidst tens of thousands of options. With many factors to consider, an...

Corrosive cost and stressful selectivity

Corrosive cost and stressful selectivity

By Emily Olson

April 8, 2015

One of the consistently growing enterprises of today is becoming a confusing business— college. In the modern day, in which a college education is often necessary for success in the career or everyday life, costs are high and schools are selective. While it is logical these two aspects would exist,...

Every college counts

Every college counts

By Shane Ramsay

March 4, 2015

In six months' time, many seniors will be heading off to college. However, the stereotyping of universities greatly influences the decisions of those applying for higher education. Recently, one of our own seniors, Grant R., was accepted to Harvard University for the fall semester. Harvard is...

Social media use plays role in college admissions

Social media use plays role in college admissions

By Sydney Czyzon

February 20, 2015

Social media plays a prominent role in the lives of teenagers. While approximately 95% of American teens have access to online activities, 81% of these adolescents use some kind of social media, according to a 2012 study completed by the Pew Internet Project. With more students attending college than...

Obama offers students alternate route to pay for college

Obama offers students alternate route to pay for college

By Taylor Campbell, my job title

February 16, 2015

As students across the country prepare for crucial standardized tests which may determine their futures, president Barack Obama has been working on a plan that just might ease the fiscal load of community college attendees. Obama announced his plan, deemed "America’s College Promise," while speaking...

AMSA students return from their futures to dispense advice

AMSA students return from their futures to dispense advice

By Rebecca Perlin

February 16, 2015

It’s no secret that the college application process is extremely long and stressful. So how incredible would it be if, as a college student with some experience under your belt, you could hop in a time machine and go back to give your high school self some advice? That is precisely what AMSA’s...

Yes, there is such a thing as a dumb question

Yes, there is such a thing as a dumb question

By Will Most, Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.

December 5, 2014

No crowd is more vexatious than those on college tours. It’s an endless barrage of dumb questions, dealt out by both prospective students and their helicopter parents.

Stop making small talk about college

Stop making small talk about college

By Shane McKeon, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

March 13, 2014

Thanks to his last name, Ezra Zigmond has always been at the bottom of the class list. But in every other respect, he’s always been at the top. To my knowledge, he is the only member of our senior class to be admitted to Harvard University. Harvard, whose admission rate lingers just below six percent;...

College Possible expands options for low-income students

College Possible expands options for low-income students

By Emma Johanningsmeier, Westside High School, Omaha, Neb.

February 13, 2014

For students in the best of circumstances, with the most informed parents, applying to college is incredibly complicated and time-consuming. Signing up for and taking the ACT or SAT, researching college options, figuring out how to submit applications, writing personal essays, gathering letters...

Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

By Beth Barnhart, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

January 23, 2014

Canada: a country known for maple syrup, moose, Mounties, and ... college? According to Statistics Canada, the number of high school graduates that head up north for college is increasing by 8 percent annually. American students who attend Canadian universities often go for the multicultural society,...