Highest Paying College Majors : Making the Major Decision

For those finishing up their final year in high school, the decision of where to go to college is most likely, or soon to be, over. You can finally take a breath and have an answer to your Aunt Betty’s constant nagging, “So, have you decided yet?” You’ve made a huge, important decision. But, it is only the first of many. The next one you will begin to think about, and should have already started thinking about, is what you will major in.

Student Thinking About Money When Deciding a College Major

Weighing the options: passion vs. pay

College students (and future college students) can be broken down into three main categories when it comes to deciding on a college major. There are the ones that follow their hearts and there are the ones that follow the money…and then there are the general psych majors who just ran out of time to decide and ended up picking the most generalized, popular degree.

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Pre-college Creative Writing at GW

We hope you can join Blueprint at GW for this awesome pre-college program. This summer let Curtis lead you through everything from poetry to micro-fiction. See his bio below this  pre-college creative writing course is the place to be!

Curtis Perdue | Teacher, Poet, Editor, Surfer

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Pre-College Creative Writing

About Mae Ramirez | Writer, Educator, Performer, and Creative Activist

ramirez01Mae Ramirez holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English Education from California State University, Long Beach. She has designed and led writing workshops at high schools and colleges across Southern California and co-found ¡DUENDE! Long Beach, a grassroots community arts organization that provides creative programming and mentoring for youth.

She was a member of CSULB’s nationally-competing Slam Poetry team, and in July of 2012, she mentored and coached the Long Beach Youth Slam Poetry team as they participated in the week-long Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Psychology Camp: Pre-College Psychology @ UCLA

Ronnie LaGro : Food Lover, Runner, Ultimate Frisbee-er, Pre-College Psychology Instructor!


Rocking the Free Shades

Ronnie earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2006. Following his desire to help those in need, Ronnie volunteered full-time in Chicago and New York serving homeless people.

After becoming a diehard fan of Chicago-style hot dogs (has to be Vienna Beef!) and Giordano’s Chicago-style pizza, Ronnie worked professionally with developmentally disabled youth, with foster youth, and at a locked psychiatric hospital. All these experiences spurred him on to pursue a Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California. He just completed his first year at USC and after earning his degree, Ronnie hopes to become a counselor for youth and young adults.

Learn more about Blueprint’s pre-college psychology program at UCLA!

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Stonehill Pre-College Psychology

Join us this summer for a great psychology camp at Stonehill College. Meet your Instructor Andrea!

Andrea2 Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She was 1 of 3 in a class of over 800 to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA. After graduation, the Florida native returned to her hometown of Miami, Florida to be closer to family, friends and her soon-to-be husband, Sergio. She began work on her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in the Fall of 2012 at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale all while planning a wedding!

In addition to loving every minute of graduate study, Andrea loves to travel! She and her husband, Sergio, took 60 of their closest family and friends to Las Vegas in December to get hitched and love impromptu trips to Walt Disney World for the weekend. A self-proclaimed “foodie” Andrea loves to cook inventive things and spends hours surfing Food Network for fun recipes as well as hitting up some of the best-kept secrets of Miami restaurants.

After a great summer teaching science to 9th graders, Andrea knew that she had a passion for teaching and is excited to join Blueprint’s team, for the first time, this summer at Stonehill College’s psychology camp. She feels like psychology is an incredible subject with such a huge range of topics and interests and is ready to show her students just how amazing the subject can be!

To learn more about the summer program for high school students at Stonehill College, visit:


Pre-College Creative Writing

GW Creative Writing for High School Students July 2013

Calling all creative writers! If you join Blueprint’s pre-college summer program at George Washington University this summer you can hone your skills with one of the best, Merridith Allen!

Merridith is a playwright, screenwriter, actress, martial artist, and
 yogini, which potentially qualifies her for a Jane-of-all-trades…she 
likes to think, anyway.  She is currently living in New York City, but
enjoys traveling around the world as much as she possibly can.
 and is looking forward to leading intrepid writers in her creative writing class.

writing_picAs a writer, Merridith’s plays have seen productions at such venues as The
 Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Provincetown Theater, and The New Georges
 Theatre space.  Her play, “The House of Fallen Snow” was a finalist at The
 Strawberry One Act festival, and went on to become a film which has just
placed second in The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.  She writes a
fair amount of creative nonfiction and fiction, and likes to jump around
the country going to (and teaching at) as many literary festivals as

Click here for details about Merridith’s summer program for high school students.

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Forensic Science Summer Camp

Blueprint Pre-College Summer Programs at Stonehill College – Meet Your Instructor!!!

About Christina Giovinazzo

BrazilChristina has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Syracuse University (Go Orange!). She combined Biology and Forensic Science courses, focusing on Pathology and Genetics. Christina stayed at Syracuse for a M.S. in Forensic Science which was completed in May 2013. As part of her research projects, Christina has studied the degradation and contamination of DNA, epigenetics, and did an internship in Forensic Psychiatry at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

Outside of studying crimes and criminals, Christina enjoys reading, playing cards and board games, and chilling with her pet rabbit, Kirby. She would like to start traveling much more now that she has finished her 6 years of school at Syracuse University. She has been to Brazil, and hopefully her next trip will be to Italy.

Christina is excited to return to Blueprint this year and plans to make the course very interactive, with hands on laboratories, courtroom trials, and even some crime scenes!

Be prepared for an amazing summer!
Biology Laboratory Instructor
SMART Grant Recipient, 2011
Chemical Hygiene Plan Awareness Certified


Lehigh Pre-College Psychology

About Vicki Raab | Pre-College Psychology Instructor, Athlete, Traveler, Adventurer

raab4Vicki holds a Bachelors degree in History, with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University, Douglass College. She also received her Masters degree in Social Studies Education by completing a 5-year program in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Currently, she teaches U.S. History and Sociology at West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey.  She is also an Assistant Coach of the Varsity Field Hockey team at West Morris and is so proud of her Wolfpack State Champions!

For more information on Vicki’s summer program for high school students visit:

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