Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Your Future

Don't Make These Mistakes
College Search Roadmap:
Step Six

College Application Mistakes: A Crash Course I have three words to say about college application mistakes: Don't make them. Easier said than done? Not when you're through reading this. You see, your college application is a package. Meaning, no one part of it stands alone. Your scores, your extracurriculars, your essay, your supplemental essays, your supplemental materials, your interviews at the schools of your choice—they all work together to tell your story, and hopefully, to help you stand out. …

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College Loan Debt:
How Much Is Too Much?

How much college loan debt is too much? The bad news: Maybe less than you might think. Now for the good news: You can figure how much college debt you can reasonably afford, and you can do it in about five minutes. You can do it by the time you reach the end of this article. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be in control of your life. You can plan for a college experience you can afford. Or, you can reconsider your existing plans and think about a higher-paying career, one that might allow you to tak…

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Is that college degree worth it? Read this, then write the check.

Is a college degree worth it? Don’t answer that. Not if you’re about to dive into the college admissions piranha tank. Pretend that you haven’t fallen for the hype. Pretend you haven’t been seduced into believing that Awesome U. is your ticket to the show. Take a deep, calming breath. And we'll answer the question for you: Yes, a college degree is worth it. If you pay the right price, pick the right major, and can’t think of something better to do.  Let's take those one at a time. Is a college degree…

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College Application Fee Waivers: Just ask.

College application fees. They’re high. And going higher. Stanford University, with its $19 billion endowment, wants you to pay $90 for a chance at a slot in next year’s freshman class. Boston University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Villanova, USC, and the University of North Carolina will charge you $80 for the same privilege. George Mason University demands $100 before it will consider your snail-mail application. But file online and the admissions office drops that to $60. Yes, those ar…

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Parisa Tabriz, Google's "security princess," talks about college

Parisa Tabriz is a hacker. She scales massifs of computer code, groping for cracks in the world's most complex software applications. She packs light: Sometimes, a laptop and a brilliant mind is enough to reduce the loftiest digital defense to rubble. Be glad that Parisa Tabriz is one of the good guys. Tabriz runs the security division for Google's Chrome web browser. Her mission: to make sure Chrome stays ahead of "black-hat" cybercriminals trying to hack it to steal passwords and other private data…

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