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Admission blogs

Some colleges have started their own admission blogs.  I have not had the time to read any of these, but I was curious just to take 5-second looks at them 🙂 It seems that college blogs could be as diverse as colleges themselves. They remind me of personal blogs – some show care about good looks, and others do not; some seem to be funny, while others seem to be boring. I wonder whether we should  size up a college by reading its blog.

I do not know yet whether reading such blogs is useful, but I have added some links in a new category “Admission blogs”, where you could also see admission advice from NY Times, etc.

Applying to US colleges – 2

A student ask me whether I will tell you to start working on the common application when the time comes or you should decide on your own.

I believe that now it is more important to focus on application essays.

Meanwhile your parents will provide you with financial statements from their employers, and your schools will provide you with school documents, and your teachers will write your recommendations.

Before I publish instructions on how to fill out some common application and financial aid forms, you might register an account with the Common App. You could watch demo videos, go through all Power Point presentations – for students AND for teachers and counselors, so that you get an idea of what the process is like and if necessary help your teachers.

We could discuss all questions about your application in the forum. There I have started a special common app topic. You could find it in Appliation > Application forms > Common application 2010 – overviews

Writе to you soon … about financial aid applications 😉

Gmail vs. abv +

Most of you registered their first e-mail addresses when you were 7-8 years old. That’s why most of your addresses are @ abv.bg, and most of them look quite strange 🙂

I suggest you change that because:

– abv.bg mail often goes into people’s trash / spam folders

– your addresses should look much more serious than “‘playboy” or “pussy”‘

If I were you, I would do the following:

– register my new address @ gmail.com – the most convenient mail service – with a lot of space and many tools

– choose an adress showing my real name, the way it is spelled on my ID card – e.g. ivanka.toneva@gmail.com

If you do that, pleaseley me know as soon as possible.

 

Our forum

We already have 18 members, and they have started 7 topics! I hope everybody joins and enjoys the discussions. Now you have a whole week off school to get used to the forum. I’ll join you as soon as I can. Have fun!

Twitter

On the 22 September, 2009 I created a Twitter account and wrote in this blog that I would use it to post short messages (up to 140 characters – just like SMS). You can see the latest messages in the top right corner of the blog.

Why don’t I use the blog to post these messages? Why do I have to use another tool?

Well, I could use the blog, of course, but I prefer to write there articles that could be read over and over again – just like the Holy Scriptures. I don’t want to create clutter by shouting out my instant thoughts and link discoveries – these are more or less ephemeral – just like the news on TV 🙂 Of course, as my words never lack wisdom, you might wish to re-read my tweets now and then 😉

I also use Twitter because it is one of the most popular web tools I find really useful, so I would like you to get used to using it.

Why should you use another Internet tool?

You should not only because I use it, and this is one of the ways to be updated on our common work but also because you need to know how the world works today, and some Internet tools have gained an important status in it, and you should know what they are about, how and why people use them. That’s part of 21 century culture; let’s call it “virtual culture”. I believe you have to have some knowledge of it, just as you need to know how to read, write and use search engines.

Some specific good reasons to use Twitter?

1. It keeps you updated on breaking news. A lot of media have created their Twitter accounts to share news with you. Instead of opening all their websites and looking for news, you’ll have the news delivered instantly through Twitter. Whenever you decide to take a look at your account, you’ll have a list of news (and most often links to them) you might wish to check.

2. It keeps you updated on news you won’t get from traditional media as they filter information or lack access to it. You could get first-hand information from eye-witnesses rather than wait for journalists who might be banned from the place.

3. You could receive fresh information about any topic you choose.

4. You could instantly share information with people – much faster than sending e-mail or blogging.

5. You could “merge” your account with other publishing tools you use, e.g. you might embed the tweets in your blog – automatically.

There are many ways to use Twitter, so you might wish to have separate accounts for different purposes. It’s annoying to log in and out all the time to juggle several accounts, so you might use another application, e.g. HootSuite.

Of course, you might wish to know much more about Twitter 🙂 You could Google it rather than rely on my brief introduction or just create in account right now and start using it – that’s so easy 🙂

College application tweets

I have just created a C00ledge account on Twitter. It also appears in the top right corner of this blog. You can follow me there and also create your accounts to follow one another. It would be better to create a special account for your application purposes. If you wish to manage several accounts from the same dashboard, you might try HootSuite.

Why you should create a Gmail account

  1. You need a new account anyway as you’ll be applying to college soon, and you need a serious looking user name, like “m.ivanova” rather than “sexie_girl_92”
  2. You need to receive messages in Cyrillic as well, and you want to be able to read them rather than stare at strange symbols.
  3. You need a lot of space to store important documents – almost 7 GB. On Google servers they’ll be safer than on your own computer, and you’ll be able to access them from any computer.
  4. You can conveniently save photos, arrange them in albums and share some of them with your friends.
  5. You need an office you can access from any computer – to take notes, work on documents, organize events, manage your tasks with calendars, etc. You can share some of these with friends.
  6. You can chat with Gmail friends – no need to install instant messaging software.
  7. You can create groups.
  8. You can subscribe to your favourite blogs.
  9. There are many other things you could do with Gmail. Most of them will make our collaboration on college application much easier.