A Page From My Autobiography

Admissions Essay: You have just completed your 300-page autobiography. Please submit page 217.

By Amy Gutmann (U Penn)

Amy Gutmann’s dream was to making a lasting mark in political philosophy at a top-notch university. She did so by sharing the importance of democratic education, creating a model for placing moral reasoning at the center of everyday politics and arguing how important identity groups are for democracy. You can read more from the essay she wrote for the Wall Street Journal.

Amy Gutmann is the president of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a political theorist and author of the book, Democratic Education.

College and Responsibility

How do you get the most out of college?

By Joan Ramirez (NY/NJ Schools)

In grade school, my teachers used to make class rules. Whenever we didn’t follow them, she pointed to the chart. For all the prospective college students in the universe, I have a news flash: The rules stop the minute you start your Freshman year.

Even though my first year of college began with preparatory courses in my last year of high school, I still walked into class with butterflies in my stomach. To make matters worse, my World History professor planned on retiring so he lectured with the speed of a marathon runner. We all took down notes and left the class drained of energy. At the end of my first day of undergraduate classes, I wanted to quit, but it was a sleep away college and many miles from home. My wise Mom said to give it a month and then decide. To my surprise, after the first week I actually enjoyed classes because I focused on the prize—a great job in a profession of my choice. Today’s economy may not be as favorable to graduating students, but the following facts should be taken seriously:

1. Be focused on your goal and talk to everyone you meet about marketable majors. Have a Continue reading “College and Responsibility”

My mission is to be of meaningful help to my people. But who are “my people?”

What is your mission?

by: Brooke Allen (Q4Colleges.com)

My personal mission is to be of meaningful help to my people.

Who are “my people” exactly? If I were Armenian I might consider my people to be Armenians or if I were a lesbian then they might be lesbians.

I am neither of those.

I’m a 59-year-old Caucasian male with a mostly useless master’s degree.

And my people are over-educated Westerners.

This mission came to me after Continue reading “My mission is to be of meaningful help to my people. But who are “my people?””