by Dr. Trama - Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 Admissions & Acceptance

Last week admissions decisions for early applicants started making their way into mailboxes and inboxes across the country. For some students, an acceptance to a first-choice school marks a sigh of relief. For many, many others, however, an unfavorable decision on an application is a disappointment. If you’re one of the applicants that didn’t receive the acceptance you hoped for, it’s ok to be disappointed. But it’s more important to not dwell on the rejection, and instead develop a game plan for how you’re going to move forward with the college application process. Here are some things to keep in mind while you do just that: 1.    Understand the Letter You may have stopped reading the letter you received once […]

by Dr. Trama - Monday, December 17th, 2012 In The News

Dear Families, The horrific events that took place in Newtown, CT on Friday have had an impact on each of us – our families, our students and our teachers. As school begins again today, our students may feel unsure or have questions about their safety at school or in other public places.  It is always difficult for parents and teachers to talk about this type of violence with our children.  Attached you will find some resources that we hope you will find helpful. Our thoughts continue to be with the families of Newtown during this very difficult time.  We are here for you as well.  Please reach out to us if we can be of any assistance or support. Warmly, The Sarphatie […]

by Dr. Trama - Friday, December 7th, 2012 College Preparation & Planning

The fact that it is easier for children to learn a second language (or third, or fourth, etc.) earlier in life is well known at this point. Only 25% of elementary schools even OFFERED foreign language instruction in 2008, but there is increasing support for more comprehensive foreign language instruction and education in K-12 schools. “People who speak a foreign language tend to make more money. Something like 3 percent on average regardless of the field…” If you knew you could have essentially a three percent raise regardless of what career path you took, would you have signed up for it? Would you sign your children up for it? In a society that is increasingly diverse, and with the economy […]

by Dr. Trama - Thursday, December 6th, 2012 In The News

There’s a growing new method in the fight against climate change: college students demanding that their schools divest themselves from their stock holdings in fossil fuel companies. The current movement hearkens back to the late 1970’s and 80’s, when there were protests on campuses around the country asking that their schools divest themselves of stock owned in companies that were doing business in South Africa, which was under apartheid rule at the time. So far, the students’ success has been limited, and no school with an endowment over $1 billion has agreed to the request, despite the fact that many administrators agree with their students’ climate change fears. Certainly, shedding stock in energy companies could be costly for colleges, and […]

by Dr. Trama - Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 In The News

As mobile technology continues its expansion into the lives of everyone around us – you, me, your grandmother – businesses are starting to bring higher education to our collective pockets. Heather Huhman has four companies that you should be keeping your eye on. But here’s the telling line, and it’s in the introduction: …when the Class of 2016 graduates, nearly 90 percent of college students in the U.S. will own a smartphone. That’s a statistic that’s impossible for anyone to ignore in any market – not just in business or in education. Not only are businesses becoming more aware of this potential market, but campuses around the country are going to need to be in on, and ahead of, this […]