So we have all been trying to live within the norm of the Covid 19 pandemic. A strange norm it is. As of March 2020, the SAT exam was cancelled. LSAT went online for Jamaica for the first time. GRE exams proceeded as well as GMAT as they had already been digitized. Students were refunded their fees for the march exam. They threw themselves back at the task of preparing for the October exam as the mighty College Board assured us, despite the pandemic that they were proceeding.
Pandemonium has set in again. Last week, we heard that Campion bailed out, cancelling their SAT sitting and refunding a few students. Interesting! American School of Kingston advised us to watch out and call a few days before the exam. We still have had no word from Priory aka Libert...
This is a special blog. We have included advisories from several universities. Read through, sign on and join their tours. If you need more detailed information on the schools, just ask me.
These are going at a good clip. If not on board, get on now.
For SAT: www.collegeboard.org
For SSAT: www.ssat.org
For LSAT: www.lsac.org
Time to check deadlines and register.
As many of your students begin their college application process, we wanted to share with you how they can learn more about Carnegie Mellon University's campus, academics and student life through our online visit opportunities. Prospective students can:
Does it really? With a spike in COVID, it is back to school online. But the consensus is that most students prefer in the classroom teaching. But they do not want to conform to the rules of masks and social distancing. So here come the new entrepreneurs, online learning extra lessons.
Two past Campionites, of Stanford and Dartmouth fame, are starting online CSEC classes. Both are smart. Should really assist the CSEC learning. I mean really assist. So here goes, I am promoting their online program: launchlearningplatform.com. I think they are going to be great as both young ladies had placed first in the island for Physics and Maths. Get the help you need.
I DO HOPE YOU ALL ABIDED BY THE RULES THIS PAST WEEKEND: SOCIAL DISTANCING AN...
The moral lesson to be learnt from the recklessness of the Bolt fiasco and the Covid pandemic, reminds me of the mad rush to the beaches in Florida by reckless teens. It is a spur of the moment thinking that young people who are bored out of their minds attempt to do, flouting all the rums and a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. The problem is there are consequences for such acts. I was warmed a few weeks ago by the photo of Bolt holding his newborn infant in his hands. How adorable, I thought. Then at this birthday party, I see Bolt, maskless, partner, maskless and the question is, what of the baby?
It appears no one wise was at that party. Not a mask in sight. Draw the parallel to a few mayors and politicians in St. Mary who attended a party held by Mayor Creary. L...
Last Saturday, we held our first General Meeting for students and parents. Goodness gracious, it was a full house. They listened keenly, took notes and learned a lot. Just a quick recap of items discussed:
1) Versan's history and offerings
2) Scholarships -Types
3) US resident or Jamaican National: How are scholarships obtained
4) Books required for Study
5) Consultations - Meaning and Impact
6) Approaches to Study
7) BLOG: Where and When
8) Q & A
Thanks for coming! Of course, everyone can now make their consultations by calling 7552187 and setting their appointments.
It is also time to register for one's exam.
SAT books are almost here! We know that DHL has received them and we are just awaiting delivery. So be alert. We know you are all ready to pounce. Keep checking...
Justin left this past weekend, having received his student visa....at the airport. Many students are flying in early to satisfy the quarantine conditions. For incoming freshmen, it appears to be fine. They will purchase the room items, use during quarantine and then move into their pre-ordained dorms right after.
But what of those who were told to vacate their dorms and given 24 hour notice a few months ago? How they returned to Jamaica without anything from their dorms..The schools put their items in storage. have they fumigated it? When sophomores, juniors and seniors return, under quarantine conditions...they have to buy linen and foodstuff, once again, under these stringent conditions. Come on, universities, give these kids a break!
So within one week, we are in a tizzy! We heard deportation, no F-1 visas, no physical classes, merely online classes...and it seemed that the 45th had not thought through this debacle. Tapping into a $48 million industry, it seems that the universities were about to buck the system...a war between the 45th and universities had been launched.
Now, I felt less shaken sending my students off, to bastions of intelligence ...My students need to be shrouded in cloaks of intelligence.
So the 45th rescinded this ban on international students. He backed down. More arsenal for a political power move.
The students were frantic. We had to appease those worried minds.
For those who just started classes, they remained undaunted. A good sign for the future.