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What topics would you like us to discuss in class? Come up with suggestions whenever you are inspired 🙂 please


42 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mimoza on October 12, 2006 at 10:12 am

    Sometimes college helps a lot! As the woman said in her second post(you gave us for homework) she didn’t want her brain surgen to be a self-learner. Or even if one can persuit well that’s still not enough to be a lawer, because you can’t go in the court without knowing the constitution. So college actually matters… in such cases. But sometimes it doesn’t help a lot. how shall we recognise when? And how can we recognise which college is for us? Eg Harvard. It is a prestige university but that’s not a guarantee that it will be the best for us.


  2. Posted by spicegirl on December 14, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    Here’s a topic that came up to my mind – vegetarianism – yes or no? 🙂


  3. Posted by spicegirl on December 15, 2006 at 10:06 am

    Yesterday I watched “animal planet” and while I was looking at the different animals I wondered how much we humans copy their behaviour. Almost 3/4 of the super heroes have taken smth from an animal. BATman, CATwoman, SPIDERman etc. And in most cartoons real people are replaced by animals because everyone is alike some animal and that reviels his real personality. TV shows like “Seasem Street” and even most of the Eastern fight-studies develop some animal’s movement and character. And everyone has a favourite animal that in some way is some kind of a symbol for smth. And lately some psychologists posted materials about how our favourite animal reviels our character. And I thought it would be an interesting topic to discuss some day when we have time in the classes


  4. Posted by spicegirl on December 15, 2006 at 10:08 am

    And I also find it interesting to discuss why all uf us just love to be frightened! 🙂 I mean, all of those horror movie, their almost the most watched films ever. Wherever you go somewhere with friends to sleep scary movies are prefered to watch. 🙂 I realy don’t understand why 😛 I also like scary movies but I don’t know why 🙂 🙂 I just find them interesting and full of thrill


  5. Posted by Mimoza on April 8, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Аз вече ставам банална с мойта сурия предложения, обаче напоследък се замислям за един много важен въпрос за хората които искат да ходят в колеж. Финансовите възможности. Например ако някои не е приет на пълна стипендия в който колеж си е поискал, не може ли да изтегли някакъв студентски заем примерно за 200 000 да си плати обучението примерно в Харвард(което е точно 200 000) и след това Харвард гарантира на 93% от възпитаниците си начална заплата от 100 000$ на година което ще рече че ако половината от тази заплата хвърляме за погасяване на заема това ще рече че за 4 години заема ще е изплатен! Това е невероятна възможност. А още повече че доброто образование може да гранатира и повече от 100 000, все пак това е началан заплата, която с епредлагала на випускниците от работодателите. И какви изобщо възможности има за студентски заеми. Аз не знам колко добре съм разбрала проблема на Даня Стийл обаче тя не беше ли направила точно така – да изтегли голям заем за да си плати обучението? Има такава възможност, нали? 🙂


  6. Posted by Mimoza on April 8, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Хаха мойто се получи малко като задавам въпрос и сама си отговарям 😛 Само още не съм проучила колко точно кинти максимум могат да с еизтеглят и дали можеш от тази оферта да с евъзползваш не само за Британски вуз ами и за американски…


  7. Posted by Mimoza on April 8, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    А в Англия има ли Liberal Arts Colleges ???


  8. this is a topic in which you’re supposed to write in english 🙂

    i think i discussed the harvard loan question you asked somewhere else. did you read my answer. what you suggest is not a topic for discussion in class. it’s a question you expect to be answered by someone 🙂 did you try to find out some answers for yourself?


  9. it’s a good thing you found info, but you should read it and offer a nice article in your own blog 🙂 then i’ll ask you if i could copy/paste it in mine, so that more people could see it 🙂 go ahead!


  10. Posted by Mimoza on April 8, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    This is a very important topic, I am very interested in it and I’ll certainly post something in my blog – everythin I could find 🙂
    And sure you can copy/paste it – it would be very good to be seen by as many people as possible. People in Bulgaria are soooo scared of taking a loan 🙂 In the USA and UK it’s just the opposite! 😛


  11. Posted by Mimoza on April 8, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Now I’ve just visited Vesi’s blog – you haven’t written any comment in it about Harvard loans, or at least it doesn’t appear


  12. Posted by Mimoza on April 9, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    I will write about loans when I have more time. These days I’ll make an exam in History and it will include Dates and Words (what does a word mean) so I must train my learning by heart 😦


  13. hm, sorry! it didn’t work obviously 😦

    i’ll write about that.

    $ 200, 000 is a lot of money. nobody will give you such a loan. how could you show the bank you’ll be able to pay it back? any guarantees?

    no college could guarantee you that you’ll be earning money after graduation. that’s what you should achieve on your own.

    not every job could give you the salary you described. what if you don’t want to do a job only in order to be able to pay back your college loans? would you like to be a slave?

    now that you mention harvard (or schools of similar quality), if they like you a lot, they’ll accept you and offer you adequate financial aid. if they are not excited about you, they won’t accept you. if you have the money but are not good enough, you won’t be accepted. there are a lot of people who have a lot of money; there are a lot of attractive applicants. so lack of money is not a problem if you’re really good.

    as for UK, we’ll see if one of my students gets a loan this year. even if he doesn’t it’s not a problem to work and study there even without a loan. it’s not that expensive.

    in general, i am FOR LOANS, but it depends on how much money you’d have to pay back… i don’t recommend sinking into huge debt. graduate schools are expensive. what if you’d like to go on with your graduate studies at some point, but you still have years till you pay back the money you borrowed to get a bachelor degree.

    you should consider such things carefully.


  14. Posted by Mimoza on April 9, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    I don’t kno about the other countries but especially for the UK i’ve searched that a lot – they can give you the loan for study + a loan for living and taht wpuld be made such as one loan , not with two лихви? and the very attractive thing is that You will always pay 9% of your sellary, ONLY after you get more than 15000$ per year. If you stop taking such a sellary, they stop the loan until you again find a sellary over 15000$ And 9% isn’t much, I just can’t see anything wrong about it, but however everything has its bad point, and I can’t find it – that’s what really bothers me!!! 😦


  15. the uk project is just great! why should it have bad points? the money you need for uk is not much. it’s much easier to pay it back 🙂


  16. Posted by Mimoza on April 14, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    I have some very important questios :

    1. You say that the exam results are not actually so nessesary to be excellent in order to someone be accepted in college? The what is the most important? You say one needs to be an attractive person for that college – what does “attractive student for the college” mean? And what extracurricular activities should one have?

    2. TOEFEL, SAT & SAT2 – are these exams actual in Europe too, are they actual in the UK, or they’re needed just for the USA colleges? If so, what are the exams one should pass in order to be accepted in the UK?

    3. Are there Liberal Arts Colleges in the UK?

    I’d be very grateful to you if you post some writings about this questions into the study blog 🙂 😛


  17. Posted by Mimoza on April 14, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    I have an idea – why don’t you create a section called “Questions” where everyone can post any questions and then write some posts answering these questions so that anyone could see it 🙂


  18. you don’t need to have the maximum scores, but you DO need very good scores at least. so, scores do matter as they show you’re academically qualified.

    you need to be motivated to study at a specific college.

    you need to be passionate about something; you should care about something. and it should not be just in theory.

    you should have made the best use of the resources you’ve had – at school, in the community, in the family.

    you can use TOEFL througout europe. you don’t need the sat there, but still you might impress people better if you have passed some exams.

    as for liberal arts colleges in uk, to my best knowledge people in the uk would prefer you to have a clear idea of what you want to study. you usually apply for a specific major. i don’t think you have the time “to smell the roses” in uk as undegraduate studies take just 3 years there. yet, there might be some liberal arts places that i don’t know 🙂 there are american colleges in uk and other european countries, so you’ll be able to find liberal options there.

    as for your suggestion, i suggest that you try to find answers to your questions on your own first and post your findings in your own blog in special categories. i’ll comment there 🙂 then if i find the topic really important, i’ll discuss it in my blog. so feel free to write in your own blog; i’m reading it on a regular basis 🙂


  19. Posted by tania on April 15, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    hey,I read about the loans which are now needed for study in Europe but it would be better if we talk much about them in class 🙂


  20. come on, guys! why don’t you focus on college preparation. money is not such an important issue if you’re good enough!


  21. Posted by Mimoza on April 15, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Lyd, do you mean that all of your ex students have been accepted in a full scholarship? All of them? Someone perhaps, has been accepted in a partial scholarship which means that they must work a lot and then the money they get go for paying college taxes. You know Danya Steele’s campaigne, about students’ lifestyle – I don’t want to live in misery in college! I want my study to be paid and I have money for hanging around with friends, going to discos, cinema etc. – these activities cost money and you can’t just stay in the campus and study! 😛 That’s important but somehow I think I would get crazy 😛 So it is not enough to be good enough – you should be one of the best, and it is not necessary now to make ourselves what we are not. It is a fact that not everyone can be accepted ina full scholarship, others must pay and live in misery? 😦 I agree with Tania that we should pay more attention to having loans, and living well – this is an important topic too 🙂


  22. you’re still in 10 class. you have enough time to be do a lot of things; you have chances to get a full scholarship.

    you also have time to research loan opportunities. it just seems to me that you’re more focused on that rather than on preparing for college.

    you should also set your priorities. you want to graduate from a good college, have enough money to indulge in anything you like while at college…ok, everybody would like that, of course, but some people were not born into the richest families. for many students it’s tough.

    if you want cheap education + a lot of free time + a lot of disco/cinema/hanging out wirh friends, you’d better stay in bg and have a nice time. your parents would be able to support you financially.

    other people might prefer to sacrifice some of these…

    everyone has the right to choose from the options he has. what are yours?


  23. Posted by tania on April 16, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    however,what if someday I decide to apply a university in England or Netherlands ?!?I have to have an idea about the payment,what are the differences?


  24. Posted by Mimoza on April 16, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Netherland is the second richest country in the world together with the USA with $37,800 (брутен данък, или доход не знам как беше на човек). UK is in the 15th place, so you can make a conclusion about the difference between the taxes in the USA or Netherlands and the UK 😛 In some colleges education in UK can be about 7 000 (average) pounds per year. In the usa it could be about 50 000 per year 🙂 And in the UK you can take a loan about paying all of the taxes, but in the USA nobody is going to give you a loan at about 200 000 (4 years) . However there are no Liberal Arts Colleges in the UK 🙂 And it is also a fact that no matter how much you like European манталитет and lifestyle, the second richest country in the world finds it necessary to put their future into Liberal Arts form of education, so you can make conclusions about what’s better and what’s cheaper – nothing’s perfect 🙂 😛


  25. Posted by Mimoza on April 16, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    It’s so confusing, isn’t it 😛


  26. Posted by tania on April 21, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    a friend of mine is trying to convince me to apply for community colleges or universities in`s cheaper and easier to get in.
    please can you tell me is it good option or i should forget about that (in this moment….)


  27. Posted by Mimoza on April 21, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    What’s “community colleges” ? 😛


  28. Posted by Mimoza on April 22, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Lyd, come on, explain 🙂 😛 🙂


  29. you cannot hope for a scholarship, and you might have problems with visa officers


  30. Clarification:

    LOL I *must* address Mimoza’s comment.

    No one was living in “misery” in college. I think my first blog ended up being really dramatic simply because I had to raise a lot of money in a short period of time, though I’ve had an amazing(!) time in college and have been fortunate enough to have an education that most people never have, and can only dream of having.

    I’ve literally studied around the globe at some of the best universities the world has to offer. There wasn’t any misery in college; there was an incredible education and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If anything, there was simply angst when I realized someone had to pay for it all!

    Money became an issue in college not because I wasn’t academically qualified or not impressive enough — you can google my name; I was clearly qualified, and then some — but simply because I didn’t feel like doing paperwork required to get the resources I needed to handle fees. I just plain ole didn’t want to do it, and of course, it came back to bite me in the ass later. 😛

    Because of my family situation at the time, there would have been way more paperwork and emotional hassle for me than there would be for most kids — just to prove financial status and gurdian status, etc, etc. At the time, I just really wasn’t comfortable enough to do it. It upset me to even think about, so I just brushed it aside and figured it would sort itself out later.

    Of course, this was totally irresponsible and not a good idea, at all. You really shouldn’t ever do that. lol, never! Thankfully, it all ended up working out in the end — I even have a book, now — but it was a hassle to get there.

    I say all of this to say — I don’t think my story applies here, so it kind of bugged me to see it referenced. You guys are speaking about what it takes to get a scholarship, and what happens when you don’t get one, but that was never my story. I did not apply for a scholarship, somehow fail to get it, and then have to have a hard time through college (even though that’s a legitimate experience for lots of kids in America, too.)

    Rather, I was actually more than qualified to get tons of scholarships but never bothered to look any of them for a bunch of reasons that are too complex to outline here. And loans were tough to get after-the-fact because I didn’t have traditional co-signers in my family.

    If anything, my story may be a good example of why it’s important to follow through with paperwork and to plan things ahead of time — even for super talented and smart kids — but it’s not an example of what happens when you can’t get scholarships for school.

    Last but not least, I also don’t don’t think it was made clear, but my “entire college career” was not riddled by financial issues. Most of my education actually was already paid for, completely, by my home school in New York. The only time I got into trouble was the one year I spent studying abroad, because that time cost more than my home tuition and the financial aid for it was not handled ahead of time.

    I hope that helps someone!



  31. thanx, danya 🙂 hope to hear from you again here. i should write more to have you comment, though 🙂 kisses


  32. Danya,
    I couldn’t understand how did you end up paying for your education if you never applied for a student loan or a scholarship? Did your parents help you? Also, what was your major in school and what is the topic on the book your wrote? I wanted to google your name, but I didn’t know it.
    Thanks a ton

    p.s When you said that you got the chance to study in different universities around the globe, did you mean you were a guest student taking classes, but not actually being accepted there?


  33. I guess it wasn’t clear when you said that most of your education was paid for completely by your home school in New York. Did you mean that you got a full-tuition scholarship?


  34. daniela, what danya talks about is not applicable in your situation, i suppose. if you’re a great student, an american citizen, you’re in financial difficulty and your parents do not care about your education, your school might be cool enough to recommend you to a good college, where people are kind enough to offer you education for free – because you deserve it and cannot afford it.

    an international student who’s good enough is accepted with great financial aid if he applies for it.


  35. Posted by speed_s on July 7, 2007 at 10:07 am

    hey, you said you were going to write an article on application essays… we are agog with anticipation (wowzerz 8-D).


  36. Posted by speed_s on July 7, 2007 at 10:08 am

    aaand try to relax this summer! even sages need rest 😉


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  39. Posted by Idetrorce on December 15, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you


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