Admissions officials at many colleges are trying to fight the Hollywood version of the college application process: A panel of ancient white guys in suits sitting in a stuffy wood-paneled boardroom as they discuss a pile of dusty folders.
Remember in the 2001 movie Legally Blonde when Elle Woods sent a video essay to the admissions committee at Harvard Law -- and then got in? Well, some college admission departments are starting to formally accept videos (although, you probably shouldn't wear a swimsuit like Elle did).
Alcohol companies have vowed to reduce the number of youth who see their commercials by voluntarily strengthening their own rules for when and where to place ads. But in 2009, the average youth watched one alcohol-promoting commercial on TV each day, an increase of about 71 percent from 2001.
What's it like transitioning from a Midwest town to a college in NYC? Today's guest blogger is Valerie Roder, a senior at Marymount Manhattan College from Minneapolis.