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Question of the Day: Who vs. Where and What

The two most immediate and obvious questions surrounding the college process are: Where are you going, and what is your major? These are good questions, and very necessary at some point…but not at the beginning of the process. From day one (and before you formally begin your search) you would do well to focus on who. Who am I as a young adult right at this very moment? Who do I aspire to become? When you can answer this with some degree of…

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Student loan interest rates scheduled to double

I am excited to begin this series entitled “Question of the Day” (QOD) because I firmly believe that the very process of asking good, thoughtful questions has the power to dramatically reshape a critical dialogue that many mistake for an easy, quick decision. And the first question is one that absolutely must be asked, especially in light of sky-rocketing costs and our $1 trillion student debt load: 1. Why?  Why are you considering spending so much time and energy on…

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Student loan interest rates scheduled to double

On July 1 the interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans will revert back to the 2007 rate of 6.8%. President Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney both spoke publicly today about the burden of student debt, which is estimated at upwards of $1 trillion – more than credit card debt. Regardless of political persuasion, we all can agree that student debt and more importantly the rippling effects it has both on individuals and our economy is of major concern. I…

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Free Graduate School (not a typo)

This fall I had the opportunity to tour one of the hidden gems of our state’s higher education offerings- the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The contrast between this school and an engineering program at Madison or any other state school could not be greater. MSOE has a reputation within industry of producing top-notch engineers who are battle-tested and ready to work. The 95% placement rate is doubly impressive in this age of high unemployment. However, some sectors now want…

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