Blueprint @ Stonehill – 2015 Program Director

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Kerry-Anne Ryce-Paul | Teacher, Film Enthusiast, Animal Lover

 

Kerry-Anne Ryce-Paul was born and raised on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In her mid-teens, she moved with her family to New York City, where she completed her high school education. She received her Bachelors degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she double-majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology.

For five years, Kerry was a teacher with the NYC Department of Education, where she taught middle school science and worked to help design and develop middle school science curricula for her school. Kerry is currently a graduate student at Columbia University, where she is working on obtaining a Masters degree in Neuroscience and Education. She plans on going on to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology when she has completed her program at Columbia. Kerry enjoys biking, loves film and music, is an avid reader and is also an animal lover.

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Blueprint @ UVA – 2015 Program Director

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 Lauren Lamoly | Educator, Activist, Novice-Runner, Coffee Enthusiast

 

Lauren Lamoly is a through-and-through Bostonian who recently returned to her home commonwealth after years of schooling and traveling. She attended Lynchburg College in Virginia for her bachelor’s degree in English and San Diego State University for her masters in American Literature. Lauren taught composition, rhetoric, and literature at San Diego State University; she currently works as a high school English teacher in Lexington, Massachusetts.

In Lauren’s non-academic life, she worked for Starbucks Coffee for twelve years in varying roles from barista to store manager to corporate educator. In November of 2012, Lauren became the first director of communications for The American Military Partner Association, an organization committed to education, advocacy, and support for LGBT military families, and she continues to work within the LGBT movement.

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Blueprint @ Georgetown – 2015 Program Director

Vicki Raab | Educator, Athlete, Traveler, Adventurer

 

Vicki Raab Photo 1Vicki Raab holds a B.A. in History, with a minor in Psychology and Education from Rutgers University, Douglass College. She also received her M.Ed. degree in Social Studies Education by completing a five-year program in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Currently, she is in her third year teaching U.S. History and Sociology at West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey. She is also an advisor for the Junior Class, Future Educators Club, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and is also an assistant coach of the field hockey team (and is so proud of her Wolfpack State Champions!)

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The Dreaded “Freshman 15”: Myth? Reality? How to Prepare?

Forget having to learn how to passive-aggressively live with a roommate, how to fit into a social group or how to deal with Intro to Economics during your freshmen year, the scariest thing about going to college lies in a frequently repeated saying that haunts high school seniors everywhere. The Freshman 15. You are off on your own for the first time, making the decision about when, what and how much to eat. Not to mention you’re entirely set up for failure with the all-you-can-eat ice cream bar and pizza available for every meal and don’t forget the late night snacks.

The dreaded weight gain for freshmen actually may be a complete myth. Researchers from Oregon State University have actually shown college freshman only gain 2-3lbs on average; that is just slightly above the national average. But, if you’re still worried about your future college diet, here are a few helpful tips.

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Preparing for College Admissions Interviews

By Anne M. Richard, Independent Educational Consultant, amrichardconsulting.com

It can be difficult to find the right college, as at first glance they can all appear the same. They all offer a multitude of majors, have faculties of talented scholars who teach interesting courses and provide students opportunities to become involved in a myriad of student organizations, sports teams and public service activities. However, each college has its own unique atmosphere and spirit. Just as there is not a prototype student who will excel at every college, not every college is the right place for every student.

Focus on fit

You must choose the institution that is the best fit – not only in terms of course offerings and student activities, but also in terms of setting, philosophy and culture.

Likewise, from among thousands of applicants who have strong academic records, impressive extra-curricular activities and high SAT/ACT scores, colleges want to select students who will easily fit into and contribute to their communities. Thus enters the college interview process.

At some schools, interviews with admissions officers or alumni are by invitation only; at others, you may request and schedule an interview. In either case, the college admissions interview can make or break your application.

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10 Questions to Ask on a College Campus Tour

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When I started looking at colleges in 2008, I went to 3 college fairs, completed multiple searches on CollegeBoard.com and visited over 10 colleges. However, the deciding moment came when I stepped on the Quad at Gardner-Webb for a college campus tour. We weren’t even 5 minutes in to the tour, had only visited the admissions building. Just walking around the campus and hearing the tour guide talk about her freshman, I knew I wanted to go there.

The college tour can make or break your decision

Just as I knew Gardner-Webb was the college I wanted to go to, visiting Flagler College had the complete opposite effect for me. The energy and atmosphere just didn’t fit for me. I knew it right away.

Looking at a college’s brochure, website, Princeton review or fast facts sheet can be very helpful. But, being able to get on campus and experience college life for yourself is the ultimate test.

Visiting a college campus allows you to see what life could be like: the type of friends you could make, the exciting classes you could take, the intramural sports you could play. It’s all there.

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2015 Super Sunday Fieldtrips

College isn’t all about academics. When deciding on where to go for higher education, the surrounding town and local activities can be a prime factor in the final decision. During Blueprint’s pre-college summer programs, we want to give you an opportunity to experience college life apart from academia. For students participating in the 2-week programs, this means offering an optional field trip on the Sunday after the first week. For each campus, we look at the best activities the surrounding area has to offer. Check out this year’s Sunday field trips. If you didn’t sign up during registration, just let us know you want to join in on the fun and we will get it added to your account!

 

Emory – Shoot the Hooch

Students will take a 3 ½ + hour tubing trip down the Chattahoochee River. There are islands that can be explored, rocks and bridges to navigate around. Tubes can be connected, or you can travel individually. Bring water shoes, sunglasses, glasses strap, and a hat. (It’s recommended that girls wear a sports bra or t-shirt, as there will be a lot of movement that swimsuits may not always cover.)

 

Georgetown – Nationals Games

Nationals Park is equipped with state-of-the-art video and audio technology, including a 4,500 square foot high-definition scoreboard. In addition, the new ballpark features a variety of entertainment and fan-interactive alternatives to ensure a compelling and engaging game entertainment experience.The ballpark’s design and construction exceeded the target of a “certified” Green Building, and actually received the United States Green Building Council’s even more environmentally-friendly “Silver Status”. Great Moments in Nationals History: Debut Game | Stephen Strasburg Bobblehead. Dinner at Chipotle Restaurant.

 

University of Florida – St. Augustine Beach/Anastasia State Park

Visiting the Beach is a student favorite during Blueprint's pre-college programs

Explore an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to help construct the nearby Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The Ancient Dunes Nature Trail loops through a shaded maritime hammock while meandering through the ancient dunes. Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It’s effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that’s a great way to learn geography. If none of these activities are appealing, you can simply play in the water and lay on the beach.

 

Stonehill – Chatham, MA – Cape Cod

Points of interest include:  Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham Fish Pier, Chatham Fisherman’s Monument, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Atwood House Museum, Godfrey Windmill. Spend the day on the beach sunning and swimming. The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center houses some fascinating artifacts and exhibits relating to Guglielmo Marconi, wireless communication and the Titanic.

 

Lehigh – Dutch Springs Aqua Park

Spend the day swimming and sunning at the lake. There are loads of huge inflated water toys that offer a wide variety of bouncing, sliding, and other activities in the water.

 

UCLA – Runyon Canyon

Taking in the view of downtown LA during Blueprint's pre-college summer program at UCLA

Runyon Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running. Great views of the city and ocean. You may even spot celebrities visiting the park. The park gives a great view of DTLA and the Hollywood sign.

 

Tufts – Salem Witch Museum and Willows – Salem  Ferry

Take a trip on a ferry across Boston Harbor to the historic town of Salem.  Live guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting.The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt. If you need a pick me up after the museum, you will enjoy the arcade and rides at Salem Willows.

 

 

University of Virginia – Kayak Richmond

This is a great introduction to kayaking!  Our KAYAK 101 course is for the person looking to begin recreational or flat water kayaking.  The lesson takes place on slow-moving water which allows for calm and comfortable paddling conditions.  This is a great experience for those interested in fundamental paddling skills.  This course will include a land-based introduction and safety briefing, on-water instruction and a couple of hours on the river. Kayak, paddle and life jacket included! This is a great paddling opportunity for all ages and abilities!

The FAQs from February!

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We get loads of great questions from you about dorms, food, roommates ~ you name it. Here are the hits from the past month!

1. Can I take 2 courses?

A. This is a little known secret about your Blueprint program. The answer is yes, but for 2 week students only. In the registration system, after you choose your 2 week program you’ll have an opportunity to select a 2nd class if you want!

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Here Are the College Majors of Every Player in Super Bowl

How important is your major? It’s an open question, just meant as food for thought. There are so many options and so much personal growth that happens before your 25 that committing to a major can seem daunting… and sometimes ridiculous.

There are the 1% of students who know in their heart of hearts who they are, but what about the other 99% of us? Where does that leave us? Are we behind if we don’t know what to major in in college by the time we’re 15? 18? 22?

Just to show you how much things can change here’s a list of the college majors of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Sure these guys are great at football but they all also went to college and majored in something!

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QUARTERBACKS
QB – Tom Brady: General Studies (Michigan)
QB – Jimmy Garoppolo: Management (Eastern Illinois)

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Now You Can See What Your College Admissions Officers Said About You

spyvsspySince 1974, you’ve been able to legally request and receive a college’s notes on your application.

The only thing? Nobody really knew it until about a week ago.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 requires schools to hand over admissions documents within 45 days of receiving the request for information. That’s right, all the notes, scoring and comments a college admissions person put on your file, you can read them. Go right ahead.

Didn’t get into NYU with a 3.5 GPA and a 32 ACT? Find out why!

Want to smash your fingers with a hammer while sitting on a hot stove? Go right ahead!
Retroactively, this could be seen as a form of masochism. You really don’t need to know why Duke rejected you in 3 years ago. Really, you don’t.

But here’s the deal. Stanford’s student run paper the Fountain Hopper recently fired off an email to its readers with details on how to go about requesting admissions information from the university.

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