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Kwasi Enin of Long Island really wanted to go to an Ivy League college, so he decided to just go ahead and send in application to all of them. He told The New York Daily News, “By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one.” Considering each school only accepts a small percentage of incoming students each year, having a few back-ups probably seemed like a good idea. In the last few days, Enin starting hearing back from each of the prestigious universities and found out that he’s been accepted to every single Ivy League college. A counselor at his New York school told the paper, “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 15 years as a high school counselor.” The son of immigrants from Ghana now just has to make the big decision of where he’ll be attending, but if you ask us, the choice (maybe you’ve heard of it) is pretty easy ... Discuss

 

If you’re currently making payments in an effort to pay back debt incurred while attending college, you’re not alone. According to this report “about 40 percent of households led by someone 35 or younger have student loan debt” totaling more than $1 trillion nationwide. Nearly 12 million (of the 20 million who attend college each year) take out a student loan. Research by financial experts also say that large student loan payments can significantly hurt a young adult’s ability to begin to accumulate wealth: “The median 2009 net worth for a household without outstanding student debt was $117,700, nearly three times the $42,800 worth in a household with outstanding student debt.” The good news is, lawmakers are beginning to take notice. The Obama administration has proposed new measures that would provide incentives for colleges to keep costs down, and Congress is considering legislation that will allow student loan holders to refinance at a lower rate ... Discuss

 

Sorry college dropouts, you’ve missed your opportunity to pay a significant amount of money to partake in an actual university course dedicated to exploring the friendship of Kanye West and Jay-Z. The University of Missouri professor behind the “Jay-Z and Kanye West” class told Consequence of Sound:

I really do think that these guys are warming up to the level of major poets, and not many people think of it in those terms. Because it’s not just on a page, but it’s video art, too. So, we looked at how those complicated the questions, and how do books about poetry help us to understand rap with Jay and Kanye at the forefront … They’re very much like painters and novelists in the 20th century, moving beyond the confines of the art form’s boundaries.

Like all good university classes, the course will undoubtedly prepare you for all future career pursuits. This is exactly the kind of educational training future employers are looking for on a resume ... Discuss

 

The situation in Syria continues to look bleak, but this story shows that even among the chaos, people are working to help each other. Back in November, Swiss journalist Detlef Gürtler visited Jordan to report on the Zaatari refugee camp where 100,000 Syrians are now living after fleeing the violence in their country. While there, Gürtler met young Odday Alatiki. Before he was forced to leave Syria, Odday was a top student and planned on attending a college in Damascus. Gürtler was so moved by Odday’s situation that he set up an Indiegogo page in an effort to raise the funds necessary to help the young refugee study at a prestigious school in Germany. The duo has just surpassed their fundraising goal, and later this month, Odday will visit the German embassy in Beirut to receive his student visa. Gürtler told The Local, “If you watch the news or Youtube videos on Syria, you get a feeling of helplessness - your first reaction is to do something, but you realize you can't … Giving one Syrian the chance to study in Germany means that you can do something” ... Discuss

 
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For students who are looking to find life-long love along with getting their degree while at college, Facebook has released new research that may help. Because a study found that 28 percent of married couples on Facebook met their spouse in college, the team of researchers decided to look at what universities’ perspective students would most likely meet their future spouse while at school. The social media researchers matched colleges with the numbers of married alumni, and factored in issues like gender ratio, to come up with the findings.

Here’s what they uncovered: Men are most likely to find a wife at Christian schools including Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Iowa (67 percent of men met their wife-to-be at the school), Harding University in Arkansas and Martin Luther College in Minnesota. For women, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana (where 70 percent of female graduates married an alumni!), Michigan Technological University and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, were the schools were they would most likely meet their future husbands. You can go here to see a full list of their findings, which for the most part, is dominated by small Christian colleges … Discuss