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Now why would I report this salacious detail when I am in the business of sending hundreds to colleges? I find data and truths interesting to reflect on and to plan for the future.

Let us delve into this study. In the Wall Street Journal, University of Chicago ran the NORC poll and revealed that 56% thought college was a bad idra, 42% said still a viable option.

Strongest skepticism came from those ages 18-34...In 2013, the numbers were reversrd, 53% for and 40% against. By 2017, the numbers began to shrink: 49% for and 47% against.

The graduation rate has fallen to 60% and students owe $1.7 trillion in debt.

Doubt is greatest among men, those living in rural areas and Republicans. Democrats still believe in education even through disaffection. The pandemic has served to compound the problem.

Women and older Americans are also driving the decline in confidence.


Lower wage or service industry jobs go unfilled

College grads face increased competition for knowledge-worker roles.

It is the companies' market- lower wages.


Due diligence must be done for those researching careers and planning for college and university. Dreaming without a plan comes with hazardous results. Universities will not disappear overnight, the process will continue but one must ask, how will my plans, prospective job market all come together? No more pipe dreams!


Dear Sandra,

We hope you're having a great school year so far. We're reaching out to remind you about our college tour programs for students, and to let you know about some exciting updates and opportunities.

Summer College Tours First, we still have some space remaining on our Northeast Tour A summer program, which is a fantastic opportunity for international students to explore some of the most popular colleges on the East Coast.

Custom Tours Additionally, we wanted to remind you that we offer custom tour programs for schools. We've received numerous inquiries about this option over the past few months, so it seems like more schools are interested in providing this valuable service to their students. Here's a brief overview of how it works: 1. A school or organization gauges interest in a college tour among its families. 2. If there's sufficient interest, the school contacts us to develop an itinerary based on the list of colleges they want to visit and their preferred dates. We then send an itinerary and quote. 3. The school or our team gathers signups and deposit payments. If you're interested in discussing a possible program for your school or organization, we'd be happy to arrange a Zoom or Google Meet conversation with you.

Counselor Tours We also wanted to remind you about our upcoming counselor tours. Our Upstate NY College Tour features some premier STEM programs and great liberal arts colleges, while our Baltimore/DC Tour Program will be adjusted to align with NACAC. We're also considering a greater NYC tour the week prior to NACAC.

Other Summer Programs Finally, if you're looking for other summer opportunities for your students, we highly recommend checking out the incredible programs offered by our partner, Summer Discovery. For over 55 years, Summer Discovery has welcomed students from around the world to our exciting high school pre-college and middle school summer enrichment programs. With 300+ courses at 10+ prestigious universities and colleges in the US and UK, every student can find the perfect program for them.

At Summer Discovery, students will experience hands-on learning with world-class instructors, industry leaders, and more. Explore our residential and commuter options on these exciting campuses: UCLA and UCLA Anderson School of Management University of Michigan University of Texas, Austin Georgetown University Cambridge University (UK) University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Or explore our Career Accelerator programs at Barnard College, Columbia University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and UC Berkeley Many thanks! Please let us know if you have any questions. Sincerely, Trevor


Trevor Sturgeon | DirectorTS College Tours Phone: (63) 9959055737


Hello Sandra,

I am very pleased to announce that New York Institute of Technology will be offering the International Leadership Scholarship again this year! This prestigious scholarship is offered to one bright and talented individual to cover the full cost of tuition (without room and board) for each of his/her four year of full-time, undergraduate study at New York Tech. Are there any qualified students you would recommend? If so, encourage them to apply for this wonderful opportunity. The International Leadership Scholarship was established to recognize, support, and encourage talented international students, and give them an opportunity to pursue an American education at New York Tech.

To qualify, students must:

  • Complete a New York Tech application and be admitted for the fall 2023 semester.

  • Complete the International Leadership Scholarship Application (login required).

  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • Submit a one-page essay describing your leadership qualities, future goals, and how this scholarship will help you achieve your goals. There is a place in the form below for you to attach your essay.

  • Provide a CV or resume, documenting at least 25-50 hours of community service or volunteer experience.

  • Provide two letters of recommendation:

    • One letter of recommendation from a supervisor from your volunteer or community service experience verifying your experience

    • One letter of nomination/recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal nominating you for the International Leadership Scholarship

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 30, 2023. The recipient of the Leadership Scholarship will be notified by May 8, 2023. We look forward to receiving all applications. Sincerely, Benjamin Dobbs Associate Director of International Admissions


Dear Colleague:

Do you still have students who still need to finalize their summer plans?

For students thinking about a career in communications or who enjoy writing, have them apply to the Boston University Summer Journalism Academy. Students have the opportunity to choose one or two tracks –

Photojournalism, offered in-person or online

In our Writing and Reporting sessions, our award-winning journalists work with students to show them how to follow facts and get to the heart of stories affecting their communities. All students attending our program will have the option to publish one of their stories on our Academy’s website, The Terrier , and use this to in their college essays or add to their portfolios. Students attending our on-campus session will not only have their stories published in The Terrier, but they will also have their stories be considered for publication in The Daily Free Press, Boston University’s independent student newspaper.

Students interested in visual storytelling can apply for our photojournalism sessions. Veteran photojournalist Stephen Haines will help students develop their camera skills and guide them on how to work alongside journalists.

No matter what session your student(s) select, they will learn practical skills to apply to any career.

To learn more, visit We accept applications on a rolling basis:

• Final Deadline to Apply for On - Campus Session: April 14, 2023

• Final Deadline to Apply for Online Session: May 5, 2023


Ermolande Jean-Simon

Student Programs Manager, Boston University Summer Journalism Academy

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