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Cooke Scholars reflect on Beating the Odds Summit

Posted by Amber Styles on Jul 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Last week, five Cooke Scholars headed to the White House to connect with educational leaders at the Beating the Odds Summit. Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Reach Higher initiative, this summit brought together 130 college-bound, high school graduates to participate in panels and discussions designed to prepare them better for their academic journeys.

Current Cooke Scholars Myles McMurchy (Dartmouth College) and Merilin Castillo (Harvard University) helped facilitate one of the summit's sessions with Cooke Foundation staff. Three rising Cooke Scholars—Dawit Gebre, Emily Janis, and Isaac Guerrero who also represented The Opportunity Network—attended the summit's sessions with other recent high school graduates invited to attend.

We asked them to share their reflections and memories of this inspirational event with us.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, students, college readiness, Event, excellence gap

4 Tips for Finding a Mentor and Making the Most of Your Time Together

Posted by Educational Advisers on Mar 12, 2015 11:26:05 AM

1. Why should I have a mentor?

Behind every successful person is a mentor. Usually, it’s several mentors. Mentors provide both professional and personal advice; they are people who we can count on to celebrate our successes and help pick us up when we fall. Sometimes, mentors might feel like another parent or sibling looking out for our best interests. And good mentors will even allow us to make mistakes and then offer support and guidance as we learn from the consequences. Oftentimes, one mentor will lead a mentee to other mentors.

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Topics: Tips, college readiness

9 Tips For Scheduling Your Senior Year of High School

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Feb 18, 2015 3:32:35 PM

Many high schools begin scheduling students’ senior year classes during the winter of their junior year. Since it will be the most important year for your college applications, you should focus on making the best possible schedule.

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Topics: high school seniors, tips for college application, Tips, college readiness

Exploring Dual Enrollment Programs

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 11, 2014 3:43:10 PM

What is "dual enrollment"?

Many of you who read our blog regularly are middle and high school students who have plans to attend to college, hopefully at a top college or university. So it’s likely that you already know about Advanced Placement (AP) courses in which you can earn both high school and college credit.

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Topics: Tips, college readiness

3 Tips for Navigating the Transition to College

Posted by Beth Zielinski on Sep 18, 2014 2:58:00 PM

I'm back with part two of tips to help you with your transition! If you haven’t already seen part one, it can be found here.

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Topics: Tips, college freshman, college readiness, Transfer students

4 Transition Tips for New College Students

Posted by Beth Zielinski on Sep 11, 2014 10:39:00 AM

As the summer draws to a close and you begin your first semester at your new school, there are a few items to consider in addition to your class schedule and moving into your new residence. No matter if your journey starts on the east coast, west coast, or in-between coasts, we have assembled a few universal tips for all new students starting at a four-year institution.

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Topics: Tips, college freshman, college readiness, Transfer students

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your New Student Orientation

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Aug 6, 2014 2:30:00 PM

With fewer and fewer days left in the summer, it’s important for Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and other incoming college freshmen and transfer students to begin thinking about their new student orientation.

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Topics: Tips, college readiness

Upward Bound Program Provides Students with Challenging Opportunities

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jul 17, 2014 2:35:18 PM

Summer is an important time for rest and relaxation, but it can also be an opportunity for high school students to further prepare themselves for college. This is particularly true for high-achieving, low-income students looking for ways to distinguish themselves.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, college readiness, college access

Renewed Attention on the Quality of Native American Education

Posted by Jenn Bates on Jun 30, 2014 1:36:34 PM

President Obama recently traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. During his visit, he spoke about his plan to improve education in Native American schools.

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Topics: college readiness, college access, education news

State University Systems Ease Pathways for Transfer Students

Posted by Jenn Bates on Jun 18, 2014 9:52:00 AM

There’s good news coming from the state university systems in California and Arizona. The states are working to increase the number of community college transfer students at their four-year universities by easing the pathways that will get them there successfully.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, college readiness, Transfer students, college access, college success, education news, Community College Transfer Initiative

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