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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | November 2022

The Wall Street Journal Features SAGE Scholars New FastTrak Program

The Wall Street Journal Features SAGE Scholars New FastTrak® Program

The Wall Street Journal features the SAGE Scholars FastTrak program in its most recent profile of College Direct Admissions. Applauding our newest student-centered program, the WSJ highlights FastTrak's unique ability to match highly qualified SAGE Scholars students with colleges and universities that best suit their needs before they apply.

Click the link below to read the Wall Street Journal feature on our continued success and learn how colleges are already successfully utilizing the SAGE Scholars FastTrak program-tailoring their admitted students and creating top-tier incoming classes.

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We're Offering College Essay Consultations for FastTrak Students

Attention High School Seniors: Need another set of eyes on your college application essay? Be one of the first 100 students to upload a college essay to your FastTrak profile and receive a free, one-on-one consultation with a SAGE Scholars essay expert!

Submissions can include a personal college essay in response to a given prompt, a short essay application question, or any other single piece of writing required for a college application. Students will receive feedback on select criteria such as the organization and flow of the essay, grammar and mechanics, and overall responsiveness to your application’s assigned essay prompt.

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Hendrix College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Hendrix College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Consistently ranked among the nation's most innovative liberal arts colleges, Hendrix College has joined the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards program. Founded in 1876, Hendrix is one of 27 "Colleges That Change Lives"-members that participate in Tuition Rewards. Known nationally for its Odyssey Program, Hendrix enables engaged students to personalize their educational journey. Students have a choice of 32 majors. Or, they can design their own major. Graduates have created an interdisciplinary focus in such majors as international journalism; mathematical economics; human rights; social justice; and, religion, globalization, and culture. Hendrix draws 1,100+ undergraduates from 37 states and 10 countries to a 175-acre campus (including an arboretum) in scenic Conway, Arkansas — 30 miles north of the state capitol, Little Rock. An 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio enables an average class size of 16.

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Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School Opens First-Of-Its-Kind Marketing Lab

Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School Opens First-Of-Its-Kind Marketing Lab

Marketing students at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School have a powerful new way to help understand how customers make decisions: the recently opened X-Lab. It's the first human behavior facility in Massachusetts to be integrated into a business school curriculum while also advancing academic research. The on-campus space, featuring Boston-based iMotions' leading biosensor research platform, will provide graduate students with unique opportunities to study and analyze consumer experiences using tools and technologies that are becoming increasingly important to business success. "The X-Lab will not only equip Suffolk students with a front-line technique for user-experience analysis, but also provide additional research opportunities for Suffolk faculty in the ever-growing field of behavioral research," said Sawyer Business School Dean Amy Zeng at the lab's opening. It will also give students additional ways to be workforce ready: UX design ranks No. 14 on CNNMoney/PayScale list of the top 100 Best Jobs in America Read More

California College of the Arts Course Sponsored by Google Focuses on the Future

California College of the Arts Course Sponsored by Google Focuses on the Future

Discover how students from across CCA's Design programs speculated on the future in the industry-sponsored course Studio Forward. Design students had the opportunity to explore and experiment alongside Google, one of CCA's major industry partners, in the new course Studio Forward. In this year-long, interdisciplinary class, students, faculty, and peers at Google imagined what the future of belonging could look like, making use of speculative design—a tool to translate the hard skills of design to imagine possible futures—and research prompts which resulted in workshops, installations, and collaborative learning labs. Read More

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Dialogue as a Study Tool

By Paul Merimee

Throughout your college experience, you will likely have many opportunities to debate, discuss, defend, or attack various positions. Embrace these opportunities and use them to widen your intellectual horizons, deepen your knowledge, and test yourself. It is important to recognize the fundamentals of good dialogue and understand why it is a helpful tool in school. Read More

Reading for College Classes: Different Strategies for Different Books

By Connor Daniels

You probably think you don't need someone to teach you how to read—after all, you're reading this article, right? But you might be surprised to hear that half of college freshmen are not proficient readers, and fewer than half of college students complete their assigned readings. That's a major problem since some researchers have estimated that 85% of learning in college comes from independent reading. Freshmen who are not accustomed to managing lengthy reading assignments and analyzing challenging texts may find their first semester more difficult than they expected, and even students who are confident in their high reading comprehension scores might find college-level reading to be a rude awakening. If you want to succeed freshman year, then you will need to develop effective habits and strategies to enable you to make the most of your assigned readings. Read More

Three Things College Students Need from Their Parents/Guardians

By Al Dickenson

Not having any experience with being an empty-nester, I cannot say I understand what it is like to go through watching your child leave you for college. I can imagine that it is complex and challenging. Children leaving home to create a new life is one of the most important parts of their lives, and, undoubtedly, yours. This chapter opens the doors to so many more, where numerous ventures await on the other side. Whether a career or a relationship, graduate school, or pursuing alternative education, entering college is a chance for the student to spread their wings and learn to soar, or crash, on their own. Both are needed lessons in the game of life. While college students may appear to have their life together, there are still gifts and ways for parents or guardians to provide students that help them succeed. Read More

Dallas Baptist University Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Dallas Baptist University Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Dallas Baptist University, providing Christ-centered higher education in the arts & sciences since 1898, has joined the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards program. Located atop 368 acres in the rolling hills of Southwest Dallas overlooking Mountain Creek Lake, DBU attracts 3,000 undergraduate students to a centrally-located campus 13 miles from downtown Dallas and 19 from downtown Fort Worth. DBU fosters a unique community designed to support and challenge others academically and spiritually. Integrating faith and learning, DBU offers 84 undergraduate majors, with business, psychology, liberal arts, and humanities among the most popular. The average class size is 13.

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Ohio Wesleyan Launching New Program, Major Focused on Creating a Healthier World

Ohio Wesleyan Launching New Program, Major Focused on Creating a Healthier World

Ohio Wesleyan University is adding a new Public Health program and Public Health major in fall 2023 to prepare students for careers focused on promoting wellness and preventing disease. "We are excited to add these Public Health offerings at Ohio Wesleyan," said Christopher Fink, Ph.D., director of the new program and major. "Public health workers are critical to keeping communities healthy, preventing and managing pandemics, working toward social justice, managing disaster relief, and increasing access to health care and quality of life for all." Read More

Centre-In-France Takes Studying Abroad To New Heights

Centre-In-France Takes Studying Abroad To New Heights

College courses have been brought to life in France for Centre College students studying abroad this semester in Strasbourg. The Fall 2022 program, led by John Walkup Professor of Chemistry Jeff Fieberg, visited historical sites across central Europe, with a focus on sites impacted by France-Germany wars. "This group of students has embraced every opportunity provided to them—they are a blast to teach," Fieberg said. "They are growing in so many ways—from living and cooking in apartments or homestays, to learning French, to planning and going on travel weekends around Europe. It was awesome to hear about their varied adventures on their first travel weekend to Interlaken, Switzerland, Bordeaux, France or Luxembourg. "They'll be traveling all over to Europe on their upcoming travel weekends," he added, "exploring places like Barcelona, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Budapest. It's also cool to hear them discuss going to art museums, like the Van Gogh Museum when in Amsterdam." Read More

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Complementary Hobbies

By Paul Merimee

Throughout our lives, we likely have all found hobbies that we enjoy. It can be tempting to think of hobbies as something unrelated to the other aspects of our lives as if they are sacred and should not be tied up with the messiness of the everyday. However, it is a mistake to think of them as distractions or an escape. They can provide balance to our professional or educational lives, refreshing us so that we can more fully tackle an assignment, meeting, or something else. In college, they can also boost our resume and, more importantly, make us into more well-rounded individuals. If you have room for another hobby or are growing tired of a current one, this article can give you a good guideline for your next hobby of choice. Read More

How to Bounce Back After a Difficult Semester

By Sharon Callender

When graduates proudly walk across the stage on commencement day, dressed in their caps and gowns, they are beaming. As students receive their diplomas and transition from undergraduates to college degree recipients, they are met with applause and cheers from family, friends, caregivers, and fellow graduates, sharing the joy of their success. It is the well-deserved, and hard-earned milestone moment every student fantasizes about from the beginning of their college journey. This moment never happens by chance, good luck, or even being an exceptional student. It happened because of their perseverance, dedication, and focus. Read More

Essential Apps for School on the Go

By Kennae Hunter

Luckily for college students, smartphones have evolved into handheld computers. There isn't too much one could do on a laptop or desktop that would not be able to be completed on a smartphone. There is so much to do in college. It often takes multitasking and overlapping responsibilities to complete everything on time. With schoolwork as a number one priority, it is important to know ways to finish assignments on the go so it can be more convenient when necessary. Here are a few essential apps to stay on top of school work from anywhere while on the go. Read More

Juniata College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Juniata College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Juniata College, which offers a unique "4 years or less" graduation guarantee, has become the 56th Pennsylvania private college to join SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards. Founded in 1876, Juniata attracts 1,300 undergraduates to a 110-acre main campus in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. A 365-acre environmental studies field station on nearby Raystown Lake provides one of the nation's most distinctive opportunities in environmental science — as well as boating, fishing, hiking, and kayaking opportunities. The average class size at Juniata is 19 students. A flexible curriculum allows 29% of the studies to design their own major. Each student is assigned two academic advisors. "Peace & Conflict Studies" is one of the nation's most unique majors. An accelerated program allows students the option to complete a bachelor's degree in three years and receive an MBA degree in the fourth year Read More

Morningside University School of Aviation launches in partnership with Oracle Aviation, now enrolling for fall 2023

Morningside University School of Aviation launches in partnership with Oracle Aviation, now enrolling for fall 2023

Morningside University is pleased to announce the launch of its School of Aviation which includes Professional Flight and Aviation Management programs. The programs will be offered in partnership with Oracle Aviation, a fixed-base operator (FBO) based in Omaha, and the City of Sioux City. Enrollment is now open for students interested in beginning one of the programs in fall 2023. "Nationally, the need for pilots and aviation management professionals is at a historic high. That is also true here in Siouxland. As a regional resource, this partnership allows us to provide the skilled talent that the aviation and other industries in this area need, and it gives Morningside students another pathway toward a fulfilling, high-wage career. This is a great thing for Siouxland businesses and the economy, and it is an outstanding opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in aviation," said Morningside University President Dr. Albert Mosley Read More

WalletHub Names Wabash a Top-Performing College

WalletHub Names Wabash a Top-Performing College

When it comes to top performing colleges in the state of Indiana offering the lowest possible costs for undergraduate students, Wabash College ranks among the best, according to WalletHub.com, a personal finance website. "We are truly proud that Wabash offers a great education and student experience that is also financially accessible," said Alex DeLonis, Wabash College Director of Financial Aid. "We continue to take the steps required to remove barriers and make student success a top priority. This can only be done through the generosity of Wabash alumni, family, and friends." Read More

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Painting Class for Dummies

By Adison Bollman

Art careers provide an opportunity to express oneself while also being a potentially lucrative career. Fine Arts majors are granted the opportunity to pursue their creative interests, learn new mediums, and improve their technical skills. If you decide to pursue a fine arts degree, you will take painting classes; these classes will teach you the ins and outs of painting techniques and theory, and grant you an opportunity to exhibit your art. Be warned, as your work will be critiqued by others, just as you must critique others. Read More

Another Way to Spend Your Summer: Summer Research Programs

By Norrell Edwards

If you're considering a graduate program, consider applying for a summer research program. These programs can give you a different perspective on what research looks like in your field. Summer research programs are often funded and allow you to meet faculty and experience a different college environment. You can research in just about any academic field of study, but programs will only participate if labs or faculty agree to hire a researcher. There are a number of medical research programs as well as programs in the arts & sciences at several other schools. These lists are by no means the definitive lists of all existing programs. Read More

Explaining Your Options for Graduate School

By Britney Cox

"It does not matter what year you are. You should be thinking about graduate school." I heard this sentiment throughout my undergraduate experience. From the beginning of my freshman year, many people had different ideas. "Are you doing an MA or an MFA?" "Do you plan on getting your doctorate?" "You should do two master's programs at once!" If you hear these questions and statements and are confused about where to start, this is the right article for you! This article will explain the different types of graduate school programs, what they mean, and what type of education you may need to receive acceptance. Read More

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SAGE Advice

SAGE Advice, our helpful college advice column, is here to help answer important questions for sponsors and students. Send your SAGE Advice question to support@sagescholars.com to be featured in our following MC&G newsletter!

Student's Question:

Dear SAGE,

I have my heart set on a really good school (a school in your program) but my parents and guidance counselor say it's too expensive and want me to pick something realistic. My SAT scores are ok (nothing remarkable but not bad), and I have good grades, extra-curricular activities, and letters of recommendation. I have been pouring over the scholarships in my guidance counselor's office (two big binders) but besides getting scholarships, how else can I convince everyone I'm NOT aiming too high?

Sincerely,

How to Make This Work?

SAGE Answer:

Dear How to Make This Work,

If your parents are a member of our Tuition Rewards program, you're already on your way to affording private college. If you haven't yet applied to schools, always throw your hat in the ring at our private colleges. Often the sticker price of a private college education is significantly less than what you'll actually pay. Private colleges have a robust pool of grants, scholarships, aid, and other opportunities that considerably reduce a student's sticker cost. Opportunities of which do not exist in abundance at state institutions. Many shy away from even applying to private college because it seems out of reach. It's not always what it seems, however. By applying to the school of your choice, you'll set your application up to receive various types of aid and assistance when the school offers you admission and your financial package

Sincerely,

SAGE Scholars