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"college" Discussed on College Admissions Decoded
"For the last question on the podcast, we're going to look into the future. You know, none of us has the actual ability to predict the future, but just thinking about what we're seeing now and what could potentially be happening, I'm going to throw one question to each of you and it starts similarly. It's just a different population in essence. And so the question is, what will be the long term impact of these testing policies and strategies on college admissions? And I'll go that one to David. On the testing industry, that will go to Akil. And on students, that one will go to Twink. The future of standardized testing in college admission and for admission offices has been fundamentally redesigned by the pandemic. We were seeing a steady increase of the number of colleges that were going test optional prior to the pandemic. But after the pandemic, the tide completely turned and test optional admission is here to stay. That is something that we will see now and into the future. For admission offices, it is now much more about finding what role tests can play in admission, where they fit, if they fit, and for colleges more generally, how they're going to use them for things like scholarships and placement and other things. So for the admission profession itself, it's going to be one of discovery. There's a lot of research going on right now at colleges and universities to try to figure out how are our new processes working and what does the future look like now that we have crossed that threshold into test optional admission. David, I also hear that NACAC is going to be joining this space too. You want to talk a little bit about that? Yeah, thank you, Eddie. The fact that we are now in a period of such change means that there are a lot of people with a lot of questions and not a lot of answers. And so our organization is going to develop a center for reimagining college admission. And we want to lead our field but also be led by our field by the people who are doing the research to figure out what is the future, how do we handle the presence or absence of tests in our environment. And our hope is that we continually examine and reexamine how we do college admission in our country and how we can improve it to help make sure that more students have improved access over time. So we're really looking forward to that and hope to have a lot of good research-based discussions, including involving a lot of student voices in the future. And David's being modest. He's actually the person who everything that center is going to do reports up through David. So thank you for the work that you're about to do. We appreciate it. What's interesting is putting on my Nostradamus hat and looking at the future for the testing industry. I think there's a few different ways to look at it. Tests will change. You've already seen it with the SAT. They remodeled it to do the new mini digital SAT coming up shortly, the two-hour digital test that is exactly equivalent to the three-hour paper test. ACT has announced that they're going to be doing a digital thing just like the SAT. GMAT cut itself in half. GRE cut itself in half. Everybody is sort of, the whole testing industry is upgrading, right? Because it makes sense to things to go digital, but testing is changing. It's no longer the same test that it used to be. I also think the marketing of testing is changing, which I think is bad. Modernizing tests makes sense. Overselling them about what they measure is what concerns me. So I think that schools, students, families have to be careful about the increasingly aggressive marketing that are coming from those who create tests and sell them and tell you that based on a two-hour bubble test you took in 11th grade, we're going to determine your readiness for a career. That's a huge overreach, right? So what I see is the testing industry trying to get more creative about how it keeps itself alive. Those who help prepare students for tests may also have to be careful about that too, because those places will often oversell the data. Look, these kids with the test score always get into Harvard, see? And we have to be careful about that marketing. So I think it's going to be a little bit tougher for families to have to sort through some of the noise of those who benefit from keeping the testing industry afloat. While the testing industry struggles to figure out where its place is, how big is it going to be, how many people are going to be taking tests, that's going to take a little while to shake out. Are all the tests that currently exist going to survive? And I could see a world where we don't have as many tests as we currently do. But they'll be around in some way, shape, or form. To wrap us up, the impact on students.
Fresh update on "college" discussed on News and Perspective with Tom Hutyler
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Guest Host Rich Zeoli Dissects 'Queers for Palestine'
"Subjects, including topics such as the Israel -Hamas war, pro Palestinian protesters, anti -Semitism, liberalism, immigration, etc. The latter portion of the interview was opened up to a question and answer segment involving live audience in attendance. So one of the audience members asked what she made of pro Palestinian protesters using slogans such as queers for Palestine. And that's actually a thing. That's actually a real thing that really happened on nutty college campuses as well. Now, the answer here is spot on. funny, It would be you know, it's just material for comedy if it wasn't so stupid. And she then went on the to highlight lack of acceptance for LGBTQ plus people in fundamental Islamic societies. The Islamic Republic of Iran is in place. Hamas was actually governing Gaza. And what were they doing to homosexuals? She asked. They throw them from tall buildings, she said. Families, if you're a Muslim family within your family, there's someone who's suspected of being gay. It's the obligation of the family to commit honor killing. So it doesn't even go as far as the government and tribunals and trials. But when that happens, it's done quite publicly. done And it's in the most gruesome fashion. So Queers for Palestine, I think, is just another manifestation of how our society has just become really, really stupid. Yeah, no, I mean, this is again, this is what I mean about the disconnect between what goes on in nutty college campuses, which is really every college campus in America right now. You've got people there, you know, Rainbow Queers for Hamas and whatnot. These people would kill them in a heartbeat. They don't want them even being allowed to speak in public. There's no freedom. There's nothing other than hatred anyone for who does not live by their lifestyle. That's it. That's the only thing you have to know. And yet, when people are brainwashed into believing that Hamas is the victim, they're the good guys here. They're the freedom fighters. They're fighting for freedom for the Palestinian
Fresh "College" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Lives on today. Tomorrow a new documentary debuts on Showtime called Thriller 40 which looks at the creation of the iconic album. This is really very focused on the making of that album. How it all came together with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and a lot of very talented musicians also picking in. So this documentary features interviews with people who worked on the album, also artists who are very very influenced by it like Usher and Mary J Blige. That is Vulture critic Jen Cheney who joined us earlier. Thriller is still the best selling album of all time, 70 million worldwide. copies A passionate University of Michigan graduate is suing state the over the loss of his revered Go Blue car license plate. Go Blue of course is the battle cry Common greeting among Wolverine fans, Joseph Hartig III of Detroit says the plate has been on the family vehicles for years got and it he from his dad but he was told it was assigned to another car owner when he tried to renew it. Hartig asking is a judge to block the state from giving the plate to an Ann Arbor man who's also a University of Michigan grad and lives just minutes from the football stadium. Sports at 25 and 55 powered by Maximus, moving people and innovation forward. Steve Dresner joins us. That's all heard I was Thriller my freshman year in college at AU. It's all I heard. It's all I can say. Great song. Moving on, we're going to start with college basketball. Maryland begins their Big Ten Conference play tonight at 5 -1 Indiana for
Sometimes It Takes Extreme Personal Despair to See the Political Light
"I just a brief example, the October 7th massacre and the terrorist attack, a lot of people I know, I have a lot of friends who happen to be went to Queens College, worked in an area of New York that had a rather large Jewish population. Who cares? But I maintain contact with a lot of people. You have any idea how many? They're not diehard But they'll generally vote Democrat? Any idea how many Jewish friends of mine are like, this is it? Like I've I've seen them who they are for who they are for the first time after October 7th. You understand? took It a moment of extreme pain and personal, personal despair, for them to finally say, now I see it. What I'm getting at is you can hear about a crime wave in San Francisco. You can hear about, you know, what do they call them? Breaking ram and steals now, whatever the hell they are, ram and run. They're running through car, stolen cars into storefronts. Like, I mean, literally running through the storefront with the stolen car. And then running into the store and taking all the stuff. You can hear about that all you want. If it doesn't happen in your house or your ladies and gentlemen, is it even real? That's the saddest part of this whole
Fresh "College" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Moving people and innovation forward. Steve Dresner joins us. That's all heard I was Thriller my freshman year in college at AU. It's all I heard. It's all I can say. Great song. Moving on, we're going to start with college basketball. Maryland begins their Big Ten Conference play tonight at 5 -1 Indiana for now. The 4 -3 Terps are remaining quite patient about their inconsistent start as noted by guard Jamir Young. Everything takes time. We'd rather happen now later than so just learning just taking a step by time by time step by step and just like trying to lead these young guys, making sure there's going to be ups and downs. Just got to stay level headed. Just be ready for the next one. That'll be a 7 o 'clock tip off at Bloomington to the NBA Wizards wrapping up their second straight game at Orlando with 7 o 'clock tip. Magic are really on a roll. They have won eight straight. Golf at the Hero World Challenge. Tiger Woods finished with a 70. Today's currently in 15th place, one over. It's Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffler top the leaderboard at 9 -under. Steve Drizner, WTOP Coming up on WTOP, breaking news concerning an investigation into a Montgomery County school principal accused of misconduct. George Santos is now a former congressman. It's 356. This report is sponsored by the Virginia DMV. Slow down because driving is no game. Speeding burns more gas and can cost you fines, legal fees, and even your license. You speed, you lose. A message from the Virginia DMV. Today, around 5 ,000 Americans will hear, you have cancer. At Pfizer, we won't rest until they hear the all -clear. See innovating how we're at Pfizer .com slash oncology. Pfizer, out due yesterday. When traffic takes a turn for the worse, you'll hear about it first on WTOP. Northbound 95 has been shut down in Maryland. Traffic updates every 10 minutes on the 8th. I heard it on WTOP. WTOP news. Facts matter. Finding great candidates to hire can be well, like, trying to find a needle in a haystack, but not with ZipRecruiter. Its powerful
What Is the Richmond Promise? Executive Director Chris Whitmore Explains
"What is the Richmond Promise and what are your goals with the organization in the community? Absolutely. So Richmond Promise is a post -secondary access and success initiative that launched here in Richmond in 2016. And Richmond Promise is actually an initiative of the Richmond City Council. So our, our city leaders created Richmond Promise and created our organization using $35 million in seed funding that has been on a pay schedule here at Richmond Promise over the course of nine years. And so our seed funding that the city council secured for us actually sunsets next year. But as a post -secondary access and success initiative, our goals are to help young people in Richmond access higher education pathways and educate young people about what higher education pathways exist for them to access. We support students with a scholarship that is applicable for up to six years of their undergraduate experience. And our scholars, and that's a scholarship of $1 ,500 per year, again, for up to six years of a student's undergraduate education. And our scholars can use that scholarship at any not -for -profit and accredited two -year college, four -year college or university or career technical education program throughout the United States. Now I'll talk about that a little bit more. So that's higher education access and scholarship support. When our students are in college or are in a career technical education program, we also support them with scholar success programming. And this is wraparound support to ensure that students not only get accepted into a degree program or into a career technical education program, but they're also supported to ensure that they earn their degrees, earn their certifications. And then after they've reached that milestone, and this is a growing portion of our organization, we are building out our career access and success programming to ensure, again, that young people not only go to college, but they can come back home to Richmond. They can come back home to the Bay Area or wherever in the world they choose to be and have support in pursuit of their career ambitions and career goals. So since 2016, our organization has supported more than 3 ,300 Richmond youth, and on average, we serve a little more than 1 ,300 youth per year who are scholars in our program. So that's a quick snapshot of what we
Fresh update on "college" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
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Jared Asch Talks With Chris Whitmore of the Richmond Promise
"I am joined by Christopher Whitmore of Richmond Promise. And Chris, first, tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to Richmond Promise. And then tell us, what is the Richmond Promise? Absolutely. First off, thank you for inviting me on the podcast. Really great to be here and have this conversation. So I was raised here in the city of Richmond. I still live in Richmond, and growing up here in our community, like so many other young people, I wanted to enter into a career pathway and build an adult life in which I could support the Richmond community and try to make this city, this community, the kind of place that I always envisioned it to be, which is a place where everyone can thrive. Everyone can feel welcome here in Richmond, feel like they have opportunities from the city, from the community to be who they want to be, to contribute to this space and to make this city better for everyone. And so with that really broad, general goal in mind, I decided at a very young age, elementary school age, that I wanted to be a public official when I grew up. I wanted to work specifically in the mayor's office of the city of Richmond when I grew up. And my godmother, Erma Anderson, was mayor when I was in elementary school. She was the first African -American woman elected mayor of the city of Richmond. I grew up with folks like John Gioia, who's our county supervisor and has been our representative for several years on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and several other folks who really inspired me to want to build out a career in public service. And so with that in mind, I went off to college. I went out of state to Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. I studied political science with an emphasis in public law. After graduating from Webster in 2014, I moved to Washington, D .C., where I was accepted into a congressional fellowship. And through that fellowship, I worked in the office of then U .S. Senator Bill Nelson's office of Florida. I moved back to Richmond in December 2014 and got my first job, first full time job working for Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, who at the time was the representative, newly elected representative for California's 11th congressional district. I had the privilege of working as an outreach coordinator in his Richmond office, which is actually just down the hall from where my current office is today. A year later, 2016, I got to accomplish that childhood goal of mine of working in the mayor's office. I worked for Mayor Tom Butt, starting off initially as his director of community engagement, later promoted to be his director of policy and strategy. After about two years in that office, I went over to the city and county of San Francisco, where I went to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and worked on their policy and government affairs team. And for about a year and a half, I wrote, along with my supervisor, all of the water, power and wastewater legislation for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. And I'll speed up the story. So about a year and a half later, I came back here to the city of Richmond and served as Tom Butt's chief of staff for exactly two years. And two years ago, October 4th, 2021, I started as Richmond Promise's second executive director. And it's been a great journey over the last two years, and I was really inspired to make the transition from the mayor's office to Richmond Promise. Just thinking back on my experience growing up in Richmond, having a goal to go to college at a young age for the sake and purpose of really accomplishing my career goals. And just being reminded constantly that there are so many other young people in Richmond who have educational and career goals for themselves. And those young people also deserve to have really strong support systems in our community to help them go off and do the things that they want to do. And I came over to Richmond Promise to strengthen that support system for our entire community.
Fresh "College" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"To WTOP News. 253. a seventeen -year -old chitsu had quite a scare after getting stuck in an air vent well thanks to folks from a local police and fire department she's now safe and downtown. Maya may be small but that air vent was smaller. So a team from Fairfax County and Fire Rescue headed down to the basement and started drilling. They a took ceiling down panel got access to the HVAC duct and out little Maya came into the arms of her very grateful owner. Apparently at least according to Fairfax County Police which posted the video Maya's of rescue her favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. She may have watched that scene where John McClain crawls through an air duct a few too many times. Shana Sports at 25 and 55 powered by Maximus moving people and forward. technology He is not stuck he is here with us Steve Drizner talking men's basketball. I can crawl through those ducts pretty well. College basketball Maryland begins Big Ten Conference play tonight at 5 and 1 Indiana and for now the four and three Terps are remaining
Guest Host Rich Zeoli Tackles Iran, Hamas and Wokeist Support
"Yeah. And you know what? If some people fire, get lost in the ah, oh, well. And yet we gave them billions of dollars, pallets of cash, and we helped them expand their nuclear program. That's why Alan Dershowitz, when he was on my radio show, said Barack Obama's been a villain in all this, trying to equate that both sides here, both sides have been wrong. Israel was attacked by Hamas on October 21st. And I'll tell you something else, too. I got to give Sheryl Sandberg credit, the former CEO of Facebook, now known as Metta, because she came out with a piece and she talked about how we need to be calling out Hamas for raping women. And we need to be doing that. And these same groups on college campuses, you know, the Rainbow Hair and all their alphabet soup organizations, those same kids on college campuses who were there, out the pro -Hamas kids don't seem to care how women are treated. They don't seem to care how these terrorists destroy will women and they have no respect for them. They don't consider them equal. They'll rape them. They'll beat them. They'll assault them. They have no rights in their countries. But woke -ism is all about figuring out who the victim group is and then deciding to support that victim group no matter So what. in this case on college campuses, what you've seen is that the progressive woke people have all decided that somehow Hamas, they're really just freedom fighters here and they're the ones who are the victims. So that's why you have the pro -Hamas terrorists, protesters out there all over college campuses and now it's getting to the point where they're also ransacking the offices of the DNC. But how do we get here? I mean how do we get to this point where we can now as the United States of America turn around and try to tell Israel what to do and try to tell Israel how it should fight its wars? How do we get here to this place? Well, this is what Mark tweeted out a short ago. time It's now official. Biden, Blinken do not want Israel to win the war against Hamas and they more continue onerous to conditions place more on and Israel and as they plot to carve up Israel and give Judea and Syria, West Bank to the Palestinians, all of whose leaders are terrorists, and Gaza. The Biden Blinken plan is to destroy Israel, which is the original Obama Blinken plan. Meanwhile, while Biden Blinken
Jordan Peterson Spits Truth on Bill Maher
"Are the victims and as you pointed out if you're a victim then you're morally righteous and even more conveniently if you stand for the victim then you're morally righteous regardless of what you do with your own life and that's pretty much what university students are taught from the time they enter the university classroom and that's how they you know orient themselves morally well and that's at the hands of the radical to left bill and one of the things the Democrats also have to pay the price for I would say is their absolute to draw a line between the moderate Democrats and the extremists they're completely incapable of doing that I've talked to 40 senators and congressmen in the last five years I asked them all the same question including RFK he wouldn't answer either when does the left go too far well we certainly bloody well saw last it month didn't we because it got the oppressor oppression narrative a little mocked up we might say and we're going to consequences that are going to unfold pretty brutally over the next few months now listen he's a hundred percent right that is exactly the mindset of a leftist that is exactly the mindset of a progressive right there is also a good time to remind you by the way of you know the Democrat Party hates America I assume by now you've gotten your copy if you have not gotten your copy what are you waiting for you can grab your limited first edition signed copy of the Democrat Party hates America before they're gone and they will be gone levinsigned .com levinsigned .com that's the website that's the address that's a mr. producer gave me anyway so if I it screwed up it it's on him it's on him not me levinsigned .com is where you go get your limited first edition signed copy of the Democrat Party hates America before it's gone well think about it I mean think about that in the context of the Democrat Party hates America America is the ultimate oppressor America is the ultimate oppressor if you you go to college and you listen to a professor who's not professor
The Department of Defense Declares War on Conservatives
"Our military is in bad shape. We are being infiltrated. Our country is being infiltrated by the Marxists to destabilize the country. And you think about the one place that we should really be careful not to allow the capturing from the Marxists is the military. Who fights the wars? Who keeps the country safe? The U .S. dollar is largely based on our ability to win wars, aircraft carriers, missiles. The greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. Now, we've allowed woke elements to come in to the military. The whole trans thing, the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. We've always said, well, you know, it's okay. We have to make it more inclusive. And never once did we ask the question, are we trying to have the military be better at what they're supposed to do? Which is to kill our enemies and win wars quickly and have as few of our own people die. So breaking news story that is extraordinary and it's just yet another piece of evidence of what our military has become. Our military has become a major college campus with missiles. It's a college campus on an aircraft carrier by other words. This last weekend, you know Tyler Boyer, he shows up on our show quite often. RNC committeeman, very mainstream thinker, political strategist, runs Turning Point Action, does a great job. I've been working with Tyler for almost nine years, nine years in January. It's amazing. He started as a entry level employee with us at Turning Point USA. He's a father of three. Really scary guy, right? RNC committeeman for Arizona. He spoke at an event this last weekend in North Dakota. Great American. So I hope if you are in the Dakotas, especially North Dakota, listen carefully. Tyler spoke at a Dakota Patriot rally in Minot. I think I said that right. I never can say it's a tough pronunciation. Minot, North Dakota. You guys can correct me freedom at charliekirk .com. Okay, Minot, North Dakota. And nearby in Minot is an Air Force base, one of the largest Air Force bases in the country. Now mind you, the leadership of our government doesn't really care that the Chinese are buying up land near this Air Force base. But they are worried that the members of the Air Force base might attend a Turning Point Action event. This is breaking news. This is huge stuff, everybody. The leadership, not some sort of low Grundoon. The leadership at the Air Force base in North Dakota sent a text message to service members to warn them of the dangers of being near a downtown rally that featured Tyler Boyer from Turning Point Action. This is from the leadership from the Minot Air Force base. Leaders, please exercise caution if downtown this weekend, reads the text message. Be careful and reach out to anyone with concerns. At issue was the Dakota Patriot rally at the State Fairgrounds in Minot. And the text warned personnel to be cautious because rally goers could be confrontational to military members. What? It also said that their promotions might be put in jeopardy. Listen, leaders, please exercise caution downtown. Please pass along to your team. We got word of an event at Fairgrounds downtown. Its guest speaker is from an alt -right organization called Turning Point Action. Please advise your folks if they are going. This is the U .S. military that is focusing their time on when people that are off duty, whether or not they want to go to a political rally. This is your military that was once led by General Mark Milley says he wants to understand white rage.
We're Digging Deep Into Nasir Acikgoz's Journey to the American Dream
"So talk to me you're you are from Turkey that you were telling me I'm from Turkey originally. How did you end up here? Well Right after college finishing undergraduate undergrad in Turkey in electronics engineering. Okay, I talked to my father You know father I said, you know, I just want to go to America United States. He said to me Okay, but why United States you want to learn English? Yes, I want to learn English, but there's England here, huh? Right here three hours away. Why do you want to go all the way to 12 hours with plane? I said, I love the American culture I left the American, you know American dream the the colleges their lifestyle and this was all in the this was in the 1996 okay when I graduated from my from college and I graduate college a little bit earlier I was nineteen nineteen and a half years. Wow. Yes, man. Thank you. I Started going to school like five and a half years old because they had that like a program there different programs at that time They allowed kids to to be the first graders. Yeah to accelerate. Yeah, I took advantage of that and Thank God I passed all the grades, you know, I never missed anything. So as a matter of fact, I'm a third year of college I told my dad this, you know, hey, I want to go to the United States, please, you know, would you will you support me? He's so what you told me Whatever you do son. I'm gonna support you. Mm -hmm. So right after college I started applying to college. I mean the you know, yeah colleges for MBA program Okay, because I said I want to do MBA. I want to do master's in business administration If you ask me why because it was the hit thing in Turkey at that time if you have your Engineering background. I mean undergrad and then you have the MBA all the companies all the corporate guys, you know They want you and especially from the United States, you know the MBA so I had two friends in Orlando Back then and I applied other states as well And one of the guys in Orlando called me, you know, he said look Nasir I know you're applying to other states. We have the house here. We have you know, the dorms everything Yeah, the dorms and everything and and we know people in the college will help you out and we love you come over We'll hang out, you know first I was hesitant I said, you know, I'm gonna go there instead of learning English right away And now we're gonna be hanging out Turkish people, you know, so I had that doubt Yeah, from my town, yes, we know their families my dad knows their dads and but my father told me look It's better to know someone there when you start off and then you don't like it you move somewhere else It's easy, you know easier. It breaks the ice. It breaks the ice So I said, okay, so they send me the application from it's called seminal community college. Okay, it's where the Seminoles India All speakers English all like, you know, and you didn't know any English at this point very very little you speak it Very well. Yeah, I practiced there so much, you know, they applied to college community college. I said, oh, it's a community college It's not a it's not a university and my friends told me look, you know, it's this little college close by to our house It doesn't matter if you call you you're just gonna learn English and here there's no Turkish people only there were some Latins like Puerto Ricans. Yeah, a lot of Puerto Ricans. You're in Orlando. Yeah, that's the Puerto Rican capital. Puerto Rican capital. Yes Back then it was like this 1996 1997. So I loved the idea. I said, okay, no problem So we I applied and they said, okay, no problem. You can start the English as a second language program. I started going there Yes, I was the only Turkish guy. So I had no option but to learn the language So I loved it. So I said, you know what? I'm just gonna stay here I'm not gonna move anywhere else and I started getting to know people Okay I had I met a lot of people there and we started hanging out even though our English all of our our English were a Little bit, you know, like it's off. Yeah, but still with hand gestures with moves and stuff like that You you manage you manage to engage So I finished English as a second language course, then I applied to UCF University of Santa, Florida Okay for the MBA program they accepted me, but they said I need to take a lot of prerequisite courses and I said, okay, and they gave me a list. It was like 12 courses I said, wow, it's too much and I gave you my transcripts guys, you know, I'm an I'm an engineer I mean, but they said hey, you didn't take financial accounting. You didn't take managerial accounting They saw me like economics macro economics micro economics all these courses, you know, you know, and they said You know, you have to take them, okay, so I don't want to say I lost another year year and a half No, you felt like it I felt like it at first but then I appreciate it because that taught me a lot because you're learning the fundamental of Economics financials actually the courses that I took financial and managerial accounting courses They teach you how to read your balance sheet of the company, which is great A lot of people are clueless to that exactly and I actually I'm doing my old balance sheets PNLs That's awesome. I'm looking at every month and I'm kind of you know Looking through it, even though my CPA looks at it almost every month But when he talks about something I already know or you already know So that's why I was like that time out to me like oh my god I'm gonna lose another one year and a half two years, but it ended up working out working out for me so I started MBA program right after I finished it and Study administration business administration, so you studied what you wanted to study when you were with your dad Yes telling them this is what I want to do exactly, okay One little detail I left off before before I got into UCF the first year when I was in seminar community college My roommate told me hey, let's apply for a green card lottery. Oh, I said, what is that? I'm like lottery also is we're gonna win money is like no it's it's called green card lottery I still didn't understand the concept and he told me look you're gonna apply a lot of people are applying and they Pick you and if you they pick you you can stay in this country and you get the residency Okay, I'm like you're kidding for me to get my student visa I have to go through so much so much and they're just gonna give me my green card and that's it over like, you know Yeah, that easy. It's like yes, that's easy. I'm like Let's apply. Let's apply and I'm thinking welcome to the United States. Welcome to American dream.
Endrow Metelus of Favela Boys Apparel Describes His Journey From Haiti to the US
"Can you share your story, the story behind your journey from Haiti to the United States and how your experience growing up in various communities have influenced your part? Obviously, I see that the focus of your organization is to try to change a conversation from the inner city being as it is portrayed out there in a positive light. Look at the illustration in the back of this shirt, of this t -shirt. This is really amazing. I love what you just said earlier. We're talking about this young man, for example, in the inner city. It's just to portray the environment, the mood in that very environment to tell a story, basically. Correct me if I am wrong, but while you're describing your journey from Haiti to the United States and how your experience in all this community has affected or influenced your view, your perspective to this point, can you please also integrate what I just shared, what you just shared about this young man, please? Correct. Pretty much born and raised in Haiti. I live in Port -au -Prince, the biggest city in Haiti. We live in Port -au -Prince. At some point, there was a coup d 'etat that happened. I ended up living in a farm for a couple of years. I've had that experience, living on a farm, 100 acres of land with mules, taking showers in the lake. Wait a minute. Why did you come to the United States, man? The coup d 'etat, the mules, everything, 100 acres. I live in a farm, doing the farmland, and I live in the city. Eventually, I was one of the lucky ones. Haiti, the life and experience of Haiti, there wasn't a lot of opportunity. I was one of the lucky ones to be able to migrate to the United States. The first place I landed was Brooklyn, Crown Heights back in the 90s, 96 to be exact. If anyone was in Brooklyn, not the Brooklyn of today, Brooklyn back in 96, you understand it wasn't the Brooklyn of today, the Brooklyn of gentrification Brooklyn that we know. I had to go ahead. I didn't speak any English. I had to learn the language. I had to learn the language. At the same time, I was also an outsider because it's so new to me, so I had to be outside trying to understand the culture as well, understand the culture, understand the language. Eventually, I moved to Queens, Hollis, Queens to be exact. Same thing, it's a whole different culture. Even though it's still New York, there's a different culture there. It's more residential, but still the inner city at the same time. Start to learn a little bit more English to communicate with friends, start making more friends because I can speak now instead of being, because when you don't speak English, you just analyze it. You're just observing because you don't speak the language. You can't communicate with other people unless they speak your language. It actually is a gift because you're just analyzing everything. You're just learning everything. You're just trying to understand everything. Then once you're able to communicate, now you start talking about music, films, and so on and so forth. Then eventually, when they hit 1999, I moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia, right outside of Philadelphia, right outside of the city. That was a shock as well because I'm going to school where, when I was in New York, some of the kids had the clothes, the fashion and everything, some of them. Most didn't. When you go to where I went to the suburbs, all the kids, they turned 16, they got brand new cars. It's true. They got Mercedes. Everybody's looking fresh. It was a whole different thing. It was very different. It was more focused on education. You talk about college, university. These are conversations. I didn't even know what college was when I was in New York. I didn't even know what high school was when I was in New York. When you go to the suburbs, that's the conversation you were having. That's the conversation. Is there a difference? There's a huge difference. Oh, really? A huge difference because when you're in the suburbs, the kids are talking about what college we're going to. What did you get in the SATs? That's the focus. The focus is that. Because most of the parents are white collar doctors, lawyers, or pretty much doing well. They wanted to make sure their kids have the skill set to continue that path moving forward. That's also all these things. From Haiti to New York, the inner city, to the suburbs. I had a taste of everything. It's so easy for me to get along with pretty much everyone. I'm able to do that over the world because I travel a lot as well. I love it. I love it being able to have all these different experiences. That's pretty much how I came with this whole clothing brand.
Who Killed Jewish Protester Paul Kessler?
"N a j a computer science professor just read a piece called tenured barbarians from the new criterion i did it for a reason professor at ventura county community college was arrested this morning charged with involuntary manslaughter after he was involved in the deadly confrontation with pro -israel demonstrator paul kessler he died in early november of his wounds following a physical altercation with a tester quote unquote the venturi county sheriff's department said in a statement afterward and during that altercation alteration rather kessler fell backward struck his head on the ground the venturi county medical examiner's office determined the cause of death to be blunt force head injury at the time rights national review the time of the incident an unnamed suspect since identified as al -naji was by detained police as law enforcement conducted a home search before releasing the suspect in his own accord venturi county sheriff jim fryhoff told reporters shortly after that al -naji was cooperative with authorities though police refrained from publicly disclosing his name until a more thorough involuntary was concluded manslaughter i guess it doesn't get any lower act when it comes to murder i don't know that works in california under their code but there you have it i have a how do you know these are pro -palestine or pro elestinian demonstrations and not pro -hamas demonstrations you've lectured again that there's a distinction okay let's stipulate there's a distinction so why why do you why do you refer to or characterize people who are openly vociferously with posters in red and white and black and white defending hamas filled with
A highlight from Communicating Christ to Others
"Let's open our Bibles tonight, we're gonna actually be in just a couple quick passages tonight, but let's begin this evening in the book of Mark chapter 16, Mark 16, we're gonna look at one of the Great Commission passages to begin with tonight. The title of tonight's message is, Communicating Christ to Others. Communicating Christ to Others. What do we mean by that? So we're gonna start out with something, a very familiar command to us by the Lord Jesus, so Mark 16 and verse 15. The Bible says here, And He said unto them, unto His disciples, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature, or literally to all creation. Wherever you go, go and preach the gospel, proclaim the gospel. And so this is definitely some very important instructions from our Lord, we refer to this as the Great Commission, and as a command for us to be His salt alights, to spread His message of truth, no matter where we go around the world. We've been talking on Wednesday nights, one of the blessings or assurances that Jesus gave His disciples and even to us, that we would do greater works than even He did, and not greater in like how many or even in the way that they're being done, but greater in the scope that was done. And so remember Jesus, the miracles that He performed was pretty much just to Israel, His teaching was to Israel, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, but we see in the book of Acts, that message went really not in just Jerusalem and Judea, but also Samaria in the uttermost part of the world, much broader than it was during Christ's ministry itself. And so it's again, they didn't do a greater job than Jesus did, I mean, no one can do that, okay? But the scope of it was much greater. And so tonight we're going to be talking about really the application of that, and even as we look at missions today, here at Victory Baptist, I'm very proud that we support about 21 missionaries serving really around the world, representing human here in Minnesota and then abroad, and we rejoice in that. I'm really looking forward to this missions conference coming up in just a few weeks. Again, we have three speakers that will be with us, Brother Sam Slobodian, who we know well, reaching Ukrainians and Eastern Europeans, Russian speakers, predominantly, with the gospel, and looking forward to hearing an update from what's going on in his world, his ministry. And then we have another man, Andrew Counterman, who is a director over a ministry that helps church planters in Latin America, and God has been doing some good things through his ministry. I actually talked to him this week, and I found out that years ago, he actually used to be on the board of BIEM, which is the mission board of Sam Slobodian. So he and Sam Slobodian are good friends, haven't seen each other in a while, so they look forward to reconnecting at the conference. Small world, isn't it? And then we have David Bennett, with Silent Word Ministries International. I've known David for many years, and he ministers to the deaf around the world, and really kind of an interesting mission field. I think a lot of times we forget about the deaf communities around, and how much they do need to hear, literally, they need to hear Jesus, they need to hear about Jesus. How do deaf people hear? They actually hear with their eyes and they talk with their hands, okay? Pretty amazing. They still communicate. So very interesting, how do we share the gospel with the deaf around us? And we're gonna do a lot of application here tonight as well. So when we think about the Great Commission, to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, although this command is simple, the task before us is great. In human terms, the Great Commission is daunting, but that God has promised us His presence and His power as we go forth in His name. In the world's population today, we have what, 7 .7 billion people, I believe, it's growing by the minute, right? And so there's a lot of people in this world, especially in the past 100 years, my word, the world's population has grown exceedingly. And so when we think of that, and we're supposed to go into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, every person, wow, where do you start? Where do you begin? And I think that's kind of, when you look at it again from a human perspective, that seems overwhelming, but how do we do this? By looking at modern missions and when we kind of the traditional approach we take to missions, even here at Victory Baptist, there are a few challenges that must be considered. So I wanna do something tonight. About a year ago, we actually went over the philosophy of missions in the local church. We spent several weeks on why we do missions, why do we have, why is the local church involved? We talked about even the deputation process, is that even biblical support raising? Is that biblical? We talked about a little bit of the missions experience across the world and wherever they may be. We talked about all those things, but here's some, just a very quick recap of two things. First of all, what is missions? Let's talk about that. Missions is this, missions, this is kind of my definition in a way, but kind of modified from others, but missions is the responsibility and the task of the local church to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world for the purpose of discipleship, multiplication of self -supporting, self -governing and self -propagating churches for the glory of God, okay? So as we talk about works that are eventually self -supporting, self -governing, self -propagating church, in other words, they become kind of, they're not dependent on a foreign entity per se. They have their own independence, if you will. So that is, that's one of the goals of missions, but who is a missionary? Who is a missionary? There's a song that I remember singing when I was little, be a missionary every day. I don't be a missionary every day, tell the world that Jesus is the way. I don't know if you ever heard that song or not, but the fact of the matter is that song's not true. Not everyone is called to be a missionary as a vocational missionary. Everyone is called to be an ambassador for the Lord in that regard. You represent Jesus Christ no matter where you go, but here is, this is why. Why do we say, when we talk about missions and missionaries, who is a missionary? And this is a definition here, a missionary is one called by God to full -time service of Bible study and prayer and one who crosses cultural and or geographical boundaries to proclaim the gospel in areas where Jesus Christ is largely unknown, okay? Let me slow down a little bit and read that again because there's a lot in that. A missionary is one called by God to full -time service of Bible study and prayer and then one who crosses cultural and or geographical boundaries to proclaim the gospel in areas where Jesus Christ is largely unknown. So that's when we talk about missionaries and we support a missionary and we have, like you said, we have 21. That is generally their description, okay, in those parts, so very important, okay? But one thing that we're gonna talk about tonight is this. This is a practical way. We talked earlier about in modern missions, there are a few challenges that missionaries do face and it's one that often does not, it sometimes gets talked about but it is not really thought about. What do you mean? So it's, again, this is something that's talked about but not really thought about. What is one of these challenges? And one of the challenges that missionaries often face is that of language barriers. There's cultural barriers. I think we think about, when I was in Bible college, I was a missions major and so I remember going through one of our missions classes and our professor, he said that there is three Fs in the missionary experience. The first is fascination. When a missionary gets to the field, there's a fascination. It's kind of like honeymoon period, wow, you're kind of like the tourist, you know, you take pictures of everything, buy all the souvenirs, you know, you kind of get that fascination. The second part, though, after you're there for a while, you get, it becomes frustration because you figure out, wait a minute, you stick out like a sore thumb in that culture. You don't look like, talk like, act like the culture that you're in and sometimes they don't think the way you do or, you know, respond the way you're expecting. So there's a frustration in the culture. We never got to the fourth F, or the third F, excuse me, we never got to the third F, so I have no idea what comes after frustration. He left us hanging all these years, it's been 20 some years. I have no idea what we're supposed to end up. I would say, if anything, I think there is a sense of fulfillment that you are obedient to Christ, our faithfulness, that you're there sticking out as long as God keeps you in that area. But nonetheless, language barriers is very, it's a real barrier and it's actually more, and I'll kind of break it down a little bit here in just a moment here, but language barriers is actually a very serious barrier that missionaries must take, that they must cross. And so learning another language in another culture, preferably by immersion, is something that's very challenging that a lot of missionaries face and I think this is really where you find out who's going to stick it out in missions versus who's not going to stick it out. And I'll get to that, why is that, okay? So let me ask you this, how many of you took a foreign language, whether it be in high school, college, whether it be, several of you have, okay? I jokingly say, Linnea just started a Spanish class at co -op, but I jokingly say, the high school Spanish you have, by the time you get older, you're just good enough to order at Taco Bell, you know? So speaking, practically what do you do with that? And so if you've actually learned and studied another language, like actually seriously hit the books on it and to immerse yourself in that culture if you can, is very important. But here's some quick statistics. There are, how many languages are there in the world today? How many known languages? There are over, there's about, actually this is the report as of earlier this year, January 1st, 7 ,117 known languages spoken by people around the world, according to Ethnologue. Well over 7 ,000 languages represented around the world, that's a lot, okay? So here's the next question, I'm gonna ask you this, what do you think? Which language has the most native speakers, in other words, this is their first language, their birth languages if you will, which language has the most native speakers, what do you think? Chinese, yes, absolutely, 1 .27 billion people speak Chinese as their first language, English is third down the list, okay? So anyways, you think of this Mandarin or Cantonese, okay, that's very well spoken, okay? So how much of the world's population speaks English as a first or second language, what do you think? What percentage would you say of the world's population speaks English as a first or second language? What's that? I'd say you can learn to speak English and all that.
Mark Speaks With Woman Whose Family Was Taken Hostage by Hamas
"Side dead on of the the road. I mean, how much horror and velocity can one family contend with? Yarden was at March, you can call it, but at the event on the nation's capital, nation's the mall, latest number 290 ,000 people were there, she and and family members of other hostage -affected families flew all the way from Israel for the event and are flying back tonight, and it is our honor to have Yarden with us. Yarden, what do you want to say to the American people, millions of whom are listening to you right now? First thank of all, you for hosting me. I kind of want to ask, is it me just described? I still can't believe the reality that is going on. I still can't believe I'm having to tell such a hard story, but I still can't believe it's not only my story, but a story of hundreds and thousands. So thank you for listening to it. No, it's the least we can do here. I just want you to know, everybody and I who want may come in contact to know there are literally tens of millions of Americans. We still live who stand with Israel, who stand with you, who stand with your family and the other families. And some of this stuff you see from college campuses and in the streets, this is a very small minority of Americans, that we are thoroughly disgusted by what has taken place. It is very, very important that that be conveyed to you and to others who who might, are in your situation and so forth. Are you getting any family members? Actually, no. Let me say we're here on this journey with some other families and of course we feel the support that you've mentioned and it's always nice and good to be here because we do watch TV and we watch other side protesting and it's just like hurting us the even more reality than of what is going on. We are actually here on a journey to pray to go to Lubavit Rabai and be together and hold hands and wait for a miracle because that's what it takes. So, a bad, organized, really magnificent journey for us. They are wrapping us with a lot of love and we also see that this is how the journey becomes real about our situation. You can't even begin to explain how worried I am for them and for their mother. My sister -in -law is so polite gentle person. and They watch their grandmother, their beloved grandmother killed in front of their eyes and it's 40 days now that we don't even know in what condition they are. This understanding. is beyond How can it be? if they're We don't together. even know We don't even know if they are alive, injured,
A highlight from David Brooks on How To Know A Person
"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Welcome to today's podcast, sponsored by Hillsdale College. All things Hillsdale at hillsdale .edu. I encourage you to take advantage of the many free online courses there, and of course, to listen to the Hillsdale Dialogues. All of them at hillsdale .com or just Google Apple, iTunes, and Hillsdale. Welcome back, America. I'm Hugh Hewitt. Inside the Beltway this morning, I'm so glad you joined me. I want to talk with you about this book. David Brooks's brand new How to Know a Person, The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen. David joins me now. Hello, David. How are you? It's good to be with you again. It's good to talk to you. David, I'm used to getting books, and I got yours for free. They get sent to me. I want to tell you I'm going to buy six copies of How to Know a Person, three for my children and their spouses, and three for friends who are no longer friends that I want them to read. I wonder if you've had other people tell you that they're going to be buying your book to give to other people. Yeah, thank you for being generous on Twitter about the book. I appreciate it. Yeah, no, I've had people buy it for all their employees. I've had people buy it for the families. I haven't heard about buying it for ex -friends, but it's a good strategy. It is. We just live in these brutalizing times. It is. And my book is supposed to be a missile directed right at that. It's about the precise skills of how do you get to know someone, how do you make them feel respected, seen, heard. How do you make them feel respected, seen, and heard? I know why my friends are not my friends anymore. It's because of Donald Trump. They thought me insufficiently outraged about Donald Trump, and I can't bridge that gap, right? I can't be other than what I am, which is I voted for him twice, and if he's the nominee, I'll vote for him again. But they don't understand it, and I don't know that they're trying to understand. I don't understand them either, but I think How to Know a Person has assisted me. So, congratulations. Let me also tell you, I told our mutual friend Bob Barnett that I was telling people about your book in Miami as I prepared for the debate, because my wife and I talked about one statistic in particular, one paragraph actually, on page 98. Thirty -six percent of Americans reported they felt lonely frequently or almost all of the time, including 61 percent of young adults, 51 percent of young mothers. The percentage of Americans who said they have no close friends quadrupled between 1990 and 2020. 54 percent of Americans reported that no one knows them well. That is an extraordinary raft of terrible news, David. Yeah, and I found it's hard to build a healthy democracy on top of a rotting society, and so when this people are filled with loneliness and sadness, it turns into meanness, because if you feel yourself unseen, invisible, there's nothing crueler than feeling that people think you don't exist, and you get angry, and you lash out, and we have these school shootings. We have bitter politics. We've got the brutality of what's happening on college campuses right now, where Jewish students are being blockaded out of classrooms or have the recipients of genocidal how to build a friendship, how to make people feel that you're included, and these are basic social skills like the kind you could be taught at like learning carpentry or tennis or something like that. It's how do you listen well, how do you disagree well, how do you sit with someone who's got depression, how do you sit with someone who's contemplating suicide, how do you sit with someone who disagrees with you fundamentally on issues, and I just try to walk through the basic skills, and in my view, there in any group of people, there are two sorts. There's diminishers, the people who stereotype ignore, they don't ask you questions, they just don't care about you, and then there's another sort of person who are illuminators, and they are curious about you, they respect you, they want to know your life story, and they make you feel lit up and heard, and my goal in writing the book was partly social, because we need these skills to be a decent society, and partly personal. I just want to be better at being an illuminator. I think it comes through in the book. I listened to your interview with Katie Couric and her colleague, who I don't know, and they were trying to get at a question a couple of times, I'm gonna try and land that plane. Why did David Brooks write this book? Well, I'll give you the personal reason. You know, some people, if anybody watched Fiddler on the Roof, you know how warm and huggy Jewish families can be. I grew up in the other kind of Jewish family, and our culture was think Yiddish, act British, so we had love in the home. We just didn't express it. We were not a huggy family. We were all cerebral up here, and then when I was 18, the admissions officers at Columbia, Wesleyan, and Brown decided to actually go to the University of Chicago, which was also a super cerebral place. My favorite thing about Chicago, it's a Baptist school where atheist professors teach Jewish students St. Thomas Aquinas, and so I went into the world of journalism where we just Frederick Buechner once put it, if you cut yourself off from true connection with others, you may save yourself a little pain because you won't be betrayed, but you're cutting yourself off from the holy sources of life itself, and so I just wanted to be better at being intimate with other people. I've heard you now three times, read in your book, heard you tell it to Katie, and heard you tell it to me, the anecdote about the University of Chicago, the anecdote about Yiddish and British, but what is new is you brought up Buechner, and I've never read Buechner. I now know his backstory, which is so tragic. You include it in the book. I did not know he had a tragic backstory that illumines his character for me, and maybe I will go and read it, but you're in interview mode. How many different book interviews have you done? Uh, probably 20 or more. I don't know a lot. You're definitely, I know what that's like, where you want to get through an interview, and you want to make sure that people, you land the point, and I want to get a little bit deeper than that. I want to find out if you're with your self -examination. There's been a David Brooks self -examination underway for a long time, but you have not yet written your book about God. Are you going to go there? Yeah, well, at the end of The Second Mountain, I wrote a book about my spiritual journey, and how I grew up, my phrase was religiously bisexual, so I grew up in a Jewish home, but I went to a church school, and I went to a church camp, so I had the story of Jesus in my God. And then when I was 50 or so, reality seemed porous to me. It seemed like we're not just a bunch of physical molecules. You know, I once, I was in subway in New York City in God's ugliest spot on the face of the earth, and I look around the subway car, and I see all these people, and I decide all these people have souls. There's some piece of them that has no size, weight, color, or shape, but gives them infinite value and dignity, and their souls could be soaring, their souls could be hurting, but all of us have them. And once you have the concept of the soul in your head, it doesn't take long before the concept of God is in your head. And so I went off, especially about 10 years ago, and it's still going on a spiritual journey of just trying to figure out what do I believe? And I learned when you're on a journey like that, Christians give you books, and so I got like 700 books sent to me, only 350 of which were different copies of Christianity by C .S. Lewis. And so that was my journey. And it didn't, it was very slow and gradual. There were some dramatic moments, but not a lot. But I realized, oh, I'm not an atheist anymore, and my heart has opened up to something. And I think this book is the extension of that. When your heart opens up to God, and if every person you meet, you think this person was made in the image of God, I'm looking at somebody so important, Jesus was willing to die for that person, then I've got to show them the respect that God would show them. I've got to try to see them with the eyes that Jesus would see them with. And that's a super high standard that I'm not going to meet, but it's a goal. And Jesus says, even in brutal, tough times, He sees people, He sees the poor. And the main thing He does is Jesus is always asking questions. Somebody asks Him a question, He asks them a question back. And that act of questioning, what you do for a living, that's a show of respect. And that's the doorway to seeing someone. And so to me, I think questions are a moral act that we're phenomenal at when we're kids. And then we get a little worse at it. And I come sometimes leave a party and think that whole time nobody asked me a question. And I've come to think like only 30 % of the people in the world are question askers. And so part of the thing I do in the book is just try to say, here are some generous things to do to ask people questions. It is a, that is the key takeaway, how to ask questions. And this is a skill set. I sent a note this morning to my friend, Jan Janur, who has been running a Christian ministry for 30 years called The Wild Adventure. He wrote a book called Turning Small Talk into Big Talk. And I was reminded of it. Yours is a longer, more complicated examination of the art of asking questions and why you want to do so. It's also, it reminded me a lot of C .S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory. You have never met an ordinary human being. Everyone is an eternal horror, an everlasting splendor, and you believe that and you get to it. And I want to talk about how one gets there, but I want to begin, interestingly enough, with a comment Katie Couric made you. And I listened to that yesterday. I'd finished your book last week and I made my notes last night. And then I listened to Katie Couric interview. She spontaneously brought up her interview with Sarah Palin. Why do you think she did that, David? I like Katie a lot. And she's been a guest on my show. I loved her memoir, at least the first two thirds of it, which was about her younger life, which I thought was fascinating. Why do you think she brought up the Sarah Palin interview? I was also struck by that because I don't think she talks about it enough. I know Katie from various things and I don't think she talks about it all that much. I think it was a time when she was asking questions and somebody just wasn't answering. It was a time when she was having a miscommunication. I imagine that's why she wrote up. Do you have another theory? I do. I think it's because she's been misunderstood because of that question and that she wants people who only know Katie Couric because of that question to know that that's not Katie Couric. And that, to me, it was it made perfect sense she used to be known. And that's the central theme of this. People want to be seen. They want to be known. And if you are known for the wrong thing, in this case, the Katie Couric Sarah Palin interview, you want to you want to get that off your cargo ship, right? You want that unloaded. And I thought, wow, you really the book worked on her. Let me tell you also, on page 134, you talk about face experiments with infants. I want them outlawed. David, what did you think when you read it? I think those are cruel and awful. Tell people about them. Yeah, so babies come out of the womb wanting to be seen. Baby's eyes, they see everything 18 inches away in sharpness. Everything else is kind of blurry because they want to see mom's face. And these experiments that you referred to are called still face experiments. The babies send a bid for attention. And the moms are instructed, don't respond, just be still face. And in the beginning, the babies are uncomfortable. And then after a few seconds, they start writhing around. And five within seconds, they're in total agony, because nobody is seeing them. And I really don't think that's that much different as adults. I think when we're unseen, it is just total agony. We're rendered invisible. And that's what I encounter in my daily life as a reporter. I used to go to the Midwest. I live on the East Coast, but I spent a lot of time in the Midwest. And maybe 10, 15 years ago, once a day, somebody would say, you guys think we're flyover country. In the last five years, I hear that like 10 times a day. And so a lot of just people feel they're invisible. And frankly, that's a little on my profession, the media. When I started as a police reporter in Chicago, we had working class folks in the newsroom. Our reporters, they hadn't gone to college. They were just regular people from Chicago, and they covered crime alongside me. Now, if you go to newsrooms, especially in New York, DC, LA, San Francisco, it's not only everybody went to college, everyone went to the same like 15 elite colleges, and a lot of the same prep schools. So if you're not in this little group, and you look at the national media, and you don't see yourself, it's as if they're telling you your voice doesn't matter. You don't exist. And that's a form of dehumanization that we've allowed to fester in this country. And of course, people are going to lash out. Yeah, I just spent two weeks with really wonderful professionals at NBC preparing for this debate. And at one point, I asked one of my colleagues in this exercise, I don't work for NBC, how many people do you think in this room voted for Trump? And taken aback, they did not answer because the answer is obvious. Nobody. And if if your newsroom is full of 100 % people not only didn't vote for Trump, but actually loathe them, you can't cover the country. It's impossible because you're not seeing the other 50%. And what your book is, I hope the newsroom is distributed as well. We are all about seeing people who have long been marginalized, and that is important. But if you don't see people who are supporting Donald Trump, for whatever reason, you can't cover the news. Let me ask you about this Philip Lewis fellow. I love him, because he finally gave me the courage to teach the do the Dormant Commerce Clause in the 11th Amendment with the confidence that even though my students are terribly bored, they have to know this. Where did you meet Philip Lewis? Because he's talking to teachers. Teachers need to read this book too, if only to be comforted in the fact that every teacher has this experience.
A highlight from Why the Right Loses Young Women, with Isabel Brown
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'March for Israel' Planned on National Mall
"That the people in the streets that the people burning american flags that people the ripping down posters of hostages including american hostages that the people who want death to israel want death to america too and i just spent an entire first out of this program laying out what's been going on in these colleges and universities since the these elitists hate your guts and they throw on marxism and they throw in with islamicism that's first and foremost i've always said as you know you listen to this program for 21 years those of you who've listened for a long time the people who hate america hate israel and the people who hate israel hate america it's really that simple and it's very true so again you can attend this march tomorrow in washington dc i don't think you have to worry about violence next to you since the crowd will be so massive i hope and unlike the violence that you've been seeing in the streets unlike the who've bush students had to run for cover as if there were these were the streets of none to berlin of that's gonna take place tomorrow none of it and i don't care what party you're in i don't care what your race is your faith if you're a red -blooded american and you're sick and tired of this you need to come out in large numbers and demonstrate to everybody that you that we are the real americans the silent supermajority which is going to appear tomorrow at the national mall which is where the great each was given by martin luther king i have a dream which where is where so many important events have occurred well this will be one of them
Hamas Ally CAIR Operating Inside America for Past 30 Years
"Response to October 7 attack and you can hear this from Democrats and the media you can hear it from Biden and Blinken of course they were right to defend themselves but then again they don't multiple speakers called for the destruction of Israel this is care and by implication the Jewish people there by demanding Palestinians take all lands the from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea Awad who Nihat Awad is the national executive director of care he was at that meeting in Philadelphia with the other Hamas figures terrorists and that's where they hatched the idea of creating care as well as infiltrating our colleges and universities and the media and they've done a great job of it and this guy Awad was front and center delivering a fiery speech bashing Israel and Biden for not calling on Israel to stop bombing Hamas targets inside which Gaza he called genocidal attacks remember this guy is Hamas he threatened to hurt Biden at the ballot box in 2024 if he does not urge a ceasefire so they're blackmailing Biden either you allow us to slaughter the Jews in Israel without repercussions or we're going to vote against you that's what we have in the United States now just like the 1930s just like the Nazis had infiltrated our schools and our media in the New York Times sat silently as did the rest of the media notice there's no he a wad said we have discovered the language that Biden has no ceasefire no votes he bellowed to the crowd which erupted in a chant repeating his words also a wad promised to provide legal support to Muslim Americans who protest in support of Palestine we are with you the people of Gaza rely on your voices and activism were you getting that money from me what are we getting the money from had in the 1990s in Philadelphia at the airport Marriott I think it was you're getting your money from overseas I'm just show us protesters later marched in the White House where they defaced the white brick gate of the executive mansion with red paint symbolizing the blood of Gazans who have died from the Israeli armies counter -attacks a what is on record declaring his support Hamas a bit at Barry University in 1994 for example he said I am in of support the Hamas movement care did not respond request to for comment but without addressing specifics it is previously
A highlight from George C. Wolfe - 'Rustin'
"Monarch Legacy of Monsters, an Apple Original Series. The world is on fire. I decided to do something about it. On November 17th. This place, it's not ours. Believe me. The most massive event of the year arrives. If you come with me, you'll know everything, I promise. Oh my God, go, go, go! Monarch Legacy of Monsters, streaming November 17th. Only on Apple TV+. My guest today is one of the great storytellers of Stage and Screen, which is why it's only fitting that he's here at the Fest to collect the Storyteller Award. He's a playwright best known for writing 1986's The Colored Museum and co -writing 1992's Jelly's Last Gem. He's a theater director best known for directing the original Broadway productions of Angels in America Millennium Approaches and Angels in America Perestroika, two landmark plays in 1993, and a host of Broadway musicals, including 1996's Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk, 2004's Caroline or Change, and 2016's Shuffle Along. And he's a screen director best known for directing the 2005 limited series Lackawanna Blues and the films Night in Rodanthe from 2008, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from 2017, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom from 2020, and this year's Rustin, the story of Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Over the course of his career, this 69 -year -old has been nominated 15 times for a Tony Award, winning three for best direction of a play for Angels in America Millennium Approaches in 1993, best direction of a musical for Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk in 1996, and best special theatrical event for Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2002. He was nominated for an Emmy best directing for a limited series for Lackawanna Blues in 2005, and he has twice been nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directing of a miniseries or TV film for Lackawanna Blues in 2006, which resulted in a win, and for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in 2018. The New York Times' Ben Brantley has described him as a brilliant stage director, arguably the best now working in the American theater. The Los Angeles Times declared, there are few living talents who could be viewed as as much of a New York theater institution. Interview Magazine said it would be difficult to overstate his status on Broadway, and Tony Kushner proclaimed that he is the premier theater artist of my generation. And those are just the quotes about his work in theater. There are many more about his work in film. But without further ado, would you please join me in welcoming to the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and to the Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter Podcast, Mr. George C. Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe, thank you so much for coming to Savannah. Glad to be here, glad to. Let's just start at the very beginning. Where were you born and raised, and what did your folks do for a living? I was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. My mother was a teacher, and she later became a principal of the schools. I went to that school. She taught me. It was horrifying. My father worked for the state government, and that's that. For the first eight years of your life, the town in which you grew up was segregated. Yes. You have spoken about wanting to go see a movie, 101 Dalmatians, and not being able to do that because of your race. Well, my grandmother was this incredibly ferocious figure who would take on anybody. I telling remember her that I wanted to go see 101 Dalmatians at the Capitol Theater. I remember her calling and them telling her no. It was sort of startling and shocking and fascinating because it was the first time I'd ever see her come into contact with a no. So that was fascinating. But then it integrated, and then at one point, when I went to high school, I was editor of the high school newspaper, and I went and convinced the man who ran the Capitol Theater that I should go see movies for free so that I could write reviews. He said, but by the time the review comes out, the movies will be gone. I said, but it's cultivating a love of movies, and so that's what my column will do. It was my slight payback because then I got to go see movies for free. I love it. Let's talk, though, there's a moment you've described over the years. You were in fourth grade, and your, at that time, all black grade goes to an all white class. But that time, I think it was probably a little bit older, so I got about the PTA and the singing. Well, I think by that time, Frankfurt was integrated, but I still went to this black school which was connected to a university there. And the principal, this woman named Minnie J. Hitch, you told us, because we were going to be singing a song, and the lyrics were these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame. And she told us that when we got to the line that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame, we should sing it with a ferocity and that we would shatter all racism in the room. So I literally remember these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch, you know. And then racism was gone. And racism was gone, exactly. They were all transformed. But it sort of was like so cluelessly wonderful for somebody to tell someone that young that if you say words and if you say them with power and conviction, you can change people. And that sense of potency of conviction and language was embedded in me, and it's never left. When did you see your first theatrical production that was done professionally? When I was 12 or 13, my mother went to do some advanced degree work at NYU, and she brought me a log, and it was one summer. And so I saw a production of West Side Story that was done at the State Theater at Lincoln Center. Then I saw a production of Hello Dolly with Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey. And then I saw a production, as it turns out, from the Public Theater and Mobile Unit that Cleavon Little played Hamlet. Wow. And it was done in Washington Square Park. Wow. And some in respect, each of those three productions had, I think, a lasting impact on a kind of aesthetic. Right. And the thing interesting about the Mobile Unit, it was free. And so it was seeing the rawness of that energy of the audience was also very, it was very, very, really wonderful and really interesting and great. So the throughout rest of your time in high school, you were increasingly involved in theater and school. I don't know if it was specific, I think, was it writing, directing, acting? What were you focused on at that point? Acting and directing. And also it's very interesting because when I went to that high school, I stuttered really intensely. So this is one thing I was talking about earlier. So they decided that I was stupid because I stuttered. And so they called my mother over to the school to say, and they wanted to put me in remedial classes. And she says, are you crazy? No, that's not happening. And so I developed an Evita complex. So I said, by the time I leave this school, I will be running it. And so I was editor. I was drum major. I was the worst drum major since the dawn of time. I just, you know, I was editor of the newspaper, of the literary magazine. I just did all these stubs just to, you know, how dare you dismiss? I could tell. And I never heard the story about them calling my mother over, but I could tell I was being disregarded. Right. I sensed it. And I went, no. So you start college in Kentucky and then move to Pomona and California. What at that time? This is there. Oh, yeah. We're doing the whole thing. Exactly. What was the idea of going out to California? Was it just to have a change of scenery or did you were you already thinking maybe that's where you go if you want to be in show business? No, not at all. I had always dreamed of going to New York. I would I would watch, you know, TV shows that were set in New York, like the Dick Van Dyke Show. And I remember this is kind of neurotic and crazy. But I what I really I was obsessed with Disney and I wanted to have my own amusement park. But I wanted money. I knew you need a lot of money. So I decided that actors made a lot of money. This is when I was seven or eight. And so and I knew the actors starved. So when I was seven or eight, I used to practice not eating. So that when I went to New York, this is insanely true that, you know, that I so I could deal with it, you know. Well, little did I know one doesn't need to practice starvation. So you graduate from Pomona, go to L .A. for a little while to do theater, to do theater. OK, now theater, as I guess you quickly concluded, is primarily in New York. Well, yeah, I mean, at one point I did shows and I started to get some good reviews in the L .A. Times. And then I got called in. I don't even remember for to be a writer on a sitcom. And and I and I said something funny and they said, oh, he's quick. We're going to have to tie one hand behind his back. And I took that literally. And that's when I went I'm moving to New York. You know, I just was it was like time to go time to go time to go confront a whole bunch of other stuff and things I need to learn and get smarter about. Well, so, OK, you move. It's 1979. You're in your 20s. You moved to New York. Early 20s. Early 20s. Right, right, right. Very early. In fact, I was 19. I was just pretending to be 20. Something like that. Yeah. You moved to New York. There are a number of years then after moving there that were we can say lean. You got to put into practice not eating so much. You what said once quote, I came to New York to write and direct. And when I got here, a lot of my rage came out. Close quote. What do you mean by that? Well, it's so interesting because in L .A., it's you know, it's you know, there's more space. So so, you know, poverty and wealth are very much so separated. And then in New York, it's, you know, they're next door to each other. And the intensity of the inequity at the time, plus the fact that I had no real power over my existence, sort of magnified all of that. And I remember I remember seeing I remember at one time seeing this image of this of this woman in a fur coat. It was winter and eating chocolates and there was a subway vent and there was this homeless woman sitting there. And she had newspaper wrapped around her legs instead of boots. And she was like like crazy and was like and just seeing those two images next to each other. It's you know, it's the thing about New York. Every single time you step foot outside your front door, you see somebody who is worse off than you and you see somebody who is living a completely different life to you. So you have you get instant perspective whether you want it or not. So in those those leaner years, you are teaching a little bit. You're going to get your own MFA at NYU Tisch in dramatic writing, your... Dramatic writing and musical theater and a double MFA. And then there's a opportunity to have a work of yours produced for the first time at Playwrights' Horizon, which is a big deal. Playwrights? No. And how did that go? Well, it it was interesting. It was it was ultimately the best thing that could have happened for my career. I didn't direct it. I wrote the I wrote the book and I wrote the lyrics for it. And it and there were things that in the rehearsal process that I. And also, when I first came to New York, I said, I'm a writer and director, and they said, no, you can't do both. You have to focus in on one. I said, but I could do both. And they said, no, you can't. So I focused just on the writing. So then I there were things that were happening in the rehearsal room that I knew weren't right. But in the spirit of ra ra ra, getting along and being good guy and all this sort of stuff, I didn't object. And then I remember there was a tornado passing through New York City on the day my bad review came out. So I'm standing on the corner of 95th and Broadway with the winds blowing. I'm reading this hate review. And it was so very painful. But it was really interesting because it was very good for me because, you know, I went, oh, if this happens again, if I get another bad review. And of course, I've gotten bad reviews. But if it's going to be because it's my vision. Because it's I because I put every single thing I had on the line. Everybody, we're only in the room to make a very beautiful baby. And if we become good friends as a result of that, that's fine. But we all have a responsibility. The people that you're collaborating with to do their finest, best work. And you have to do your finest, best work. And it was interestingly enough, when I was at NYU, the piece that I wrote that bombed, I went, oh, this is going to be successful. And then there was this play that I wrote just for myself called The Colored Museum. And yeah, none of y 'all applauded when I said the title of the other thing, Paradise, did you? No. But that's what happened. It was the most interesting thing because I wrote one for success and I wrote one for myself. And that was the thing that succeeded. And so it was a very deeply, deeply, deeply valuable lesson. It was just like, and then eight weeks later, all those people who trashed, eight weeks, no, eight months were that it were eight weeks. Eight months later, all those people who trashed me were going, oh, where has he been? Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. And I'm so glad it happened that way. I'm so glad that the first piece was treated that way so that therefore it gave me a clarity and a sense of responsibility. And doing and doing work that I believed in and and that was that I believe mattered as opposed to something that was going to lead to success. It was just one of those slap you in the face and get smart, George. So you mentioned The Colored Museum, which let's just say, though, you know, you had you're coming off the rough review. How did you even get the opportunity to do The Colored Museum, which is going to as if you don't know, it was the first big success for Mr. Wolf. So how did that opportunity even come out of that? Well, it came out of that because I was at Playwrights Horizons because the guy named Lee Richardson, who was running a theater called Crossroads, said you're at Playwrights Horizons. And I don't think there's ever been a black playwright at Playwrights Horizons. Do you have something else that you've written? I said, well, funny you should ask. Dada, Colored Museum. And so that's how it happened. So there is there were they were both connected in a in a in a way that didn't seem so at the time, but was sort of brilliantly perfect. I want to ask you. So The Colored Museum is produced at Crossroads in 86 and then moved to the Public Theater in 87, which you'll notice the Public Theater, the great off Broadway institution, is going to come up quite a few times in this conversation. But for people who weren't around at that time or don't know or whatever, can you describe what The Colored Museum is about and what the controversy backlash that that provoked was? Because it was you you had to develop thick skin early on because it was not all fun and games in response to that one either. Well, but that was different. That was called pure unadulterated jealousy. So that was that was that was just, you know, I came from nowhere and all of a sudden I'm at the Public Theater. And Frank Rich wrote a wrote a review, a rave review, and said it's the kind of playwright who takes no prisoners. And people thought and that meant he kills people. The language kills them. And people thought that that meant I was soft. So it was just like that was just dumb cluelessness. That was very that was very easy to dismiss. And and, you know, and it was it was just jealousy. It was and that I, you know, I went, oh, my feelings are hurt. Oh, I'm over that. OK, go to hell. You know, it's just sort of like I didn't I didn't sweat about that. Well, tell us a little bit about the show, because this is your big success. First. Yeah, it was first. Well, it's it's interesting when I was at NYU. In the dramatic writing program, there are about three or four people writing plays about old black tap dancers, and they didn't happen to be old black or tap dancers. And so and I was just I was just I just thought about it. And I said, so somebody has figured out, has made a decision or dynamics have been created so that people have decided what black is. And I'm going, I'm black, I'm black my entire life. And I view it as this ever changing, complicated, insane, brilliant, amazing thing. So it was an effort to shatter, shatter any preconceived notions that I thought were going to stand in the way of what I wanted to create. So I wrote this play, which was eight exhibits set inside a museum. So I wanted to shatter all the perception, any perceptions that were in my head. So it's to liberate me to go in any direction that I wanted it to. And that's what happened. And it became this and it became this very successful show. It played, I think, for I think for 10 months at the Public Theater. Then it went to the Royal Court in London. Then it toured all around. And now it's it's high schools do it now and stuff, which is great. So it's in. And then as a result of it, then I started getting interesting from that. I went from, you know, being completely flat broke to then I met the kids of studios. I got Mike Nichols wanted me to write a movie for him. Robert Altman wanted me to write movies. So all of a sudden, you know, these job opportunities happened. But it wasn't for many years that you actually went into film. In the meantime, you were kind of seizing this interest in the theater, this opportunity now in theater. There was a person who is legendary by the name of Joseph Papp, who founded and ran the public, who took a great interest in you and, you know, brought you in there. And and we can say, you know, in addition to producing the colored museum, right. Named you one of three resident directors there offered to have a producing entity within the public for you. This was a big champion to have. He then passes away in 1991. He gets succeeded by a lady who was there for only 18 months. And then in August 1993, this institution of the sort of first thing that comes to mind when you think, at least for me, off Broadway comes looking for a new director. How did you become aware that there was interest in you for that position? And was it was that job, which you then spoiler alert, got and held for the next 12 years? Was it what you thought it would be? Nothing is ever what you think is going to be. But that's the point of the journey. It was actually it was I was I directed a Broadway show called Jealous Last Jab. And then I was then offered Angels in America. And and then I was in the middle of directing a seven hour play. And then they called up my lawyer and said, we want to talk to George about running the public theater. And I went, well, I'm kind of busy right now. Can they come back after? And they said no. And so they wanted to make a decision. So when I was in rehearsal, it was announced that I was running the public theater. It was I loved the thing which I loved. I loved, loved about running the public theater was giving artists money, giving artists money and spaces where they could go do work. It was that, you know, because I after after Jelly, I went, oh, this is hard. Surviving Broadway and dealing with all of these all of the dynamics and the money and the audiences and all of that stuff. This is really, really hard. And you have to be really, really tough. And so I knew all these artists who were really gifted, incredibly gifted people, but maybe weren't as tough. Can we can I just mention a few? Because these are shows that were given a spotlight by you in those years, which, in fact, several of them were just revived in the last couple of years. So decades later, people are, you know, coming back to them. But let's note, Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992. This was a dear, dear, very Smith and important show there. That was 1994. We had Top Dog Underdog, Suzan -Laurie Parks wins the Pulitzer for that 19 excuse me, 2002. Take me out again. Just revive. So these are the kinds of people who were talking about where you can. And this the public was not particularly known for its being inclusive prior to your tenure. Well, I'd say it was I think probably yes. I think it's also a place that gave us, you know, for colored girls and it's also a place that gave us for short eyes. So I'm so I would I wouldn't totally agree with that. And also these were very smart artists and these were tough artists. But there were, you know, it's just you people when you're beginning, you need a place to play, which means you need a place to fail so that you can get smarter. Like I had with Playwrights Horizons, you need you need to to do the work and not feel the pressure of it being the biggest hit in the world because you're growing and you're learning and you're getting smarter and you're getting tougher and you're learning more savvy. Just like the things that I allowed on the first production that was done, I didn't allow on the second one. And so you get, you know, so you're growing, you're growing all these muscles. It's not just your talent muscles. It's your your ability to defend yourself and to protect your work and to go, I disagree with that. And, you know, I remember one time there was a writer who was doing a play and a couple of things got really wonky at rehearsals. And I said, well, why didn't you speak up? He said, well, I was just scared that I was actually doing a play at the public theater and somebody was going to discover I didn't know what the hell I was doing and throw me out. And it's that fear you have to get. You have to realize that fear and doubt and other stuff, all that stuff is a part of growing and you have to have permission to grow. And so that's that's what I took on very much so, which is creating a space that was there. I wanted the I wanted the audiences and the artists there. I wanted it to look like the subway at rush hour in New York. I wanted to have all kinds of people there. So that was the thing that I loved after a while. It became very, very clear to me that as much as I was creating spaces for other artists, it was very challenging to be one. And while being in charge. Well, let's go back to, again, what you were doing when you got that opportunity to go there, because this was the beginning. While you're creating these opportunities for people off Broadway, you were making your first inroads on Broadway. As you mentioned, Jelly's Last Jam, 1992, you co -wrote and directed this about Jelly Roll Morton and the birth of jazz. Your first Broadway show musical with Gregory Hines and small role the first time you're working with Savion Glover. And this gets 11 Tony nominations, wins three and sort of leads to Angels in America. Now, this is it's been looked back at. I think the New York Times looked at it as the greatest show on Broadway of the last 30 years. It's an all timer, obviously, but you first saw it as a spectator in Los Angeles. It started at the Mark Tabor Forum. There doesn't sound like there was even a thought in your head that you might ever have anything to do with this. How did that change? Well, Jelly had opened up and I worked with a producer named Margo Lion, who passed away, who was a very dear friend of mine. And everybody, you know, and there were some changes that were going to be made from the Tabor to when it moved to Broadway. And she brought my name up and Tony Kushner and someone called me up and said, Tony Kushner wants to come and talk to you. I said, OK. And he came over and he talked and I had never read the play. I had only seen it. So I talked to him about it and just gave him my observations.
American Universities' Disturbing Connections to Nazi Germany
"Universities and colleges doing the same thing all over again. For instance chapter The Third Reich has a long history of atomizing Nazism. Harvard University and the Hitler Regime 1933 to 7 chapter 3 complicity and conflict Columbia University's response to fascism 1937 is very sympathetic to it. Chapter for the Seven sisters colleges in the Third Reich promoting fellowship through student exchange. Chapter 5 a respectful hearing for Nazi Germany's apologists the University of Virginia Institute of Public Affairs roundtables from 1933 to 1941. Chapter Nazi 6 nests German departments and American universities 1933 to 1941 just as we have islamo nazi hamasa and other rats nests throughout a university and college system. and in this book Hitler's American friends American universities did little to curtail the influence of pro -German speakers on campus during the obviously Third Reich. Throughout the decade German exchange students whom were Nazi party members and were likely operating as propaganda agents and other speakers were given mostly unchallenged platforms on university campuses. You see that now with the mass network in the islamo nazis. American universities therefore offer the German government a remarkable level of establishment legitimacy in the United States. Even after the violently anti -semitic nature of the regime had become clear. Just as Hitler's corporate friends had showed little reluctance doing business with the Third Reich his friends in academia maintained their own relationship with Hitler's regime. Both the Nazis and the US government were aware of the propaganda potential provided by American universities. Testifying before the DICE committee John C. Metcalfe argued that the German government had a particular interest in American students. He said the purpose of the exchange students on universities has long been to foster goodwill and peace among the nations resulting greater understanding. But this worthwhile aim has been neglected in the exchange of German students for American. Now American students are being indoctrinated with the aims of fascism in Germany both abroad and at home to the detriment of democratic institutions in America. Some of this rhetoric served as the intellectual precursor in the 1950s, they write, but John McCarthy, but they also say some of it, was legitimate. The Nazis did indeed benefit from a dedicated propaganda network within the American academic establishment. Around the country students and faculty alike increasingly became embroiled in unfolding international tensions as the 1930s progressed. Most often it was the vocally anti -Nazi professors, some of whom were themselves Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression who faced the brunt of administrative repression just as professors Jewish and Gentile professors who speak out now are silenced or threatened
"college" Discussed on College Admissions Decoded
"I'm your host Eddie Pickett and my pronouns are he him and his. I'm a knack act board member and a senior associate dean of admissions and the director of recruitment at Pomona college in Claremont, California. Today, I'm here at two experts on college admissions. Their share of their views on the role of gratitude in the college application process. With me today, Whitney's soul, vice provost, dean of admissions at University of Pennsylvania, Whitney is a national leader in envisioning the future of college admissions, she has implemented a wide range of innovative admission resources to better serve students and families in the school to college transition. Thank you very much for having me. Yeah, thank you for joining us. And we have Scott Anderson, Scott joined the common app team in 2009 as its 5th employee with the goal of building bridges with accounting community. Currently, he serves as the organization's senior director for association engagement. Hey, good to be here. So today's topic is actually a very interesting to me in a fun one as well. So I've been writing these thank you. I'm sorry and I love you letters, which are fascinating, but also really hard to do, but they make you think about, um, what's been going on in my life, however I got in here and why? So as we start the topic today, I'm really excited to pull you both into this conversation. So we'll just jump in with the first question I would say, and so last year, the common app added an essay prompt about gratitude and admission cycle, the University of Pennsylvania added a short answer prompt, asking students to in quotes, write a brief thank you note to someone you have not yet thanks and would like to acknowledge in quote, as one of your 2022 23 supplemental questions. So Whitney, what led to Penn's decision? Thank you. It is fun to talk about this because we almost backed into this particular supplemental prompt. And one of the things that we were thinking about in the application is the questions that we ask and the design of an application often has the student answering centering themselves. I have done this. I enjoy this. I want this. I aspire to do this thing. I see myself at your school because and all of those responses are important. We are trying to understand the particular individual. But what we realized is that when we're talking about applicants as we're reviewing them, we are interested in what they have done and what they appreciate and what they aspire to do. But we're also talking about them as who will they be in our community and what might they be like as a friend or roommate or collaborating on a lab project. And we're not asking a lot of questions around how they think about other people necessarily.
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"And so I think many students at 18 are ready to have that conversation or haven't done that kind of self reflection or been exposed to whether getting different work settings or other activities in order to do that. And so by the time there are 22 and they've worked a couple of jobs that they didn't like or they've had more personal life experience or traveled or whatever it is that they've done, they can come back at 22 or 25 and say, okay, now I know what direction I'm heading. I know what I don't want to do. At least I have a better sense of what I might want to do and now I'm ready to commit and really sit down and be focused on my education. With freedom, comes great responsibility to though. And so what are the risk factors and transfer support or length of time to transfer? I think it's important for students and families to understand, especially our students who are looking at community college right after high school. And they're looking to begin their higher education there and transfer whatever their path may be. I think they need to understand that there is a level of independence and responsibility that's expected in order for you to complete your goal. So it is going to take for students to be informed and to start being informed early on. Sooner than later, not after you graduate and you're starting your first semester in college, but rather really understanding why you're in high school and while you're in your 11th and 12th grade senior year this time, even for our seniors who are still winning on college acceptances or decisions and they're examining sort of their plans after they graduate, but having that understanding that if you're going to go to community college that there's a level of, again, and dependency, maturity, being able to advocate for yourself, being able to really devise a plan and commit to that plan. So that you can achieve that goal. And so that's something that, again, when I'm just working with students and looking or I would say helping students devise their plan and seeing their options after high school when those conversations are coming up about community college and all the benefits that come with it as an option, there's also things that students need to be aware of. Just in the same way that they need to be aware of and prepare for the rigor that this is not going to be a sort of watered down experience, academic experience, so community college, students are, if anything, I would say expected to be even more independent, even more aware of the resources on the campuses, aware of the services that are provided. And really having to self advocate for themselves with making sure that they are taking advantage of those resources and being able to define their goals, work on their goals, commit to their goals and complete their goals. I think that was probably, I think, being explicit with high school students, like you said, is so key because sometimes they think, oh, I'm just going to do the transfer option. I'll go do two years of general education, then I'll transfer, and they don't really understand the depth of what that means. And the work that comes ahead,.
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"So this was a real change for them and they have really jumped on it. Students coming from out of the area who are able to take classes and Monica out of state students taking class at Santa Monica because they're being offered virtually. So I think some students really, really struggled, but there were some students that have really, really thrived with the added convenience and flexibility of being able to take online course work. Similar question going to our high school counselors, but change it just a little bit. Are more of your students considering community college than before the pandemic, and how are you preparing them for success Sure. We've been pretty consistent and I've seen it at my peer high schools and my colleagues in and around the region. As far as the percentage or number of students that are going to community college directly from high school, my own high school, it's been consistently about 20%. I don't know if I'll see that fluctuate significantly this year, but I think we have to think about reason and the why behind pursuing community college as your path directly after high school. You know, for so many reasons, we've talked about already as it relates to cost, practicality, convenience, program offering, extensive offering on community college campuses. I think we have to really take into context the last two years and contribute that to the why for some students that might be comfort, just in simply being closer to home where they're coming out of what was a really uncertain two years and still feeling some of that uncertainty about everything from health to finance to simply closeness to their parents or their families. So I think we're going to see students think about community college maybe more for comfort. Absolutely for cost as the cost of college for your college and residing on campus rises. We look at community college as a significant savings. And I really think that we're going to see it out of just understanding that it may not be the community college that your parents or your aunts and uncles or even your grandparents attended, that the offerings are so extensive that there's so many enriching opportunities on community college campuses that you're two years may not be to. It may be four. You might be earning a baccalaureate degree on a college campus. You may have an opportunity to play what is essentially a collegiate sport that you probably couldn't have done at a four year college level, but you can continue the tradition from high school of continuing your passion..
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"So I think if it continues to refine itself and meet the changing needs of students, I think it's just another really great pathway. I like what you said there, Ken, you're talking about the different opportunities. And so as community colleges offer lots of different opportunities from certificates to associates degrees, and even some are offering bachelor's degrees, would you outline their academic offerings, please? Yes, so I should mention any there are lots of different pathways that students can look to pursue at community colleges. And whether it's looking at a specific certification in a particular area, if you want to be certified and go in an auto mechanics or again, in my area, I did cosmetology. There's dental hygienist programs. There's lots of different programs that students could look to pursue, whether it is, again, one of those two here or 18 month requirements or they're looking to transfer and it could be they're looking to transfer at a four year public college or perhaps looking to do private college in state or out of state. There's just a lot of different opportunities. And I think what's really appealing even more so now is the cost factor that's related to it. Students and families are able to save a substantial amount of money and still be able to achieve their goals. Just to follow up on what Candace was saying, I think what we're talking about a lot now in community colleges when students come into speak to us is this concept of stacking credentials. And so I find it most helpful for a student that comes in and is a little unsure about how they want to continue their education. Maybe they struggled in high school. They're not sure about jumping into a bunch of general education classes and when we can address these misnomers about what community college offers and talk about the different options and tell them you can pursue this certificate and only take classes that are going to prepare you for a career. And then when you're finished, you can work and you can come back and take general education classes and then complete an associate's degree. And then depending on the area, you may then have options again, some of these things are particular to California, but here we have a great collaboration between the California state university system and our community colleges. And we offer this associate degree for transfer, which is really helping streamline the process for students who want to get the associate degree, but also be prepared for the transfer process. So any of those and just lining it up for students and showing them how they can, they don't have to commit to one. It's not a one and done decision. They can start with one certificate, move on to an associate's degree, potentially transfer, and then Santa Monica college is one of the few community colleges that do offer a bachelor's degree in California. It was a growth of development out of our associate degree in graphic design, and we now offer an interaction degree in a bachelor's degree in interaction design. So many times students come to us and they're just uncertain about what all those opportunities are. And so really having someone explain to them what the pathways might be and what those opportunities could be and that they don't have to decide today and they can't change their mind. And this applies to our returning students. I can't tell you the number of students who I've talked to who have bachelor's degrees in unrelated areas and then come back because they want to get a certification or some kind of credential in a different area..
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"Hello and welcome to the college admissions decoded podcast and occasional series in the national association for college admission counseling for knack ack..
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"Series in the national association for college admission counseling or knack ack. I'm your host and a picket, I'm a long time napkin member and a member of the knack at board of directors. In my day job, I'm a senior associate dean of admissions and director of recruitment at Pomona college in Claremont, California. Knack hack is an association of more than 25,000 professionals at high schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations, as well as independent counselors who support and advise students and families through the college admissions process. Well, after months of preparation, it's that time in the college admissions process when a majority of students in the class of 2022 start making their final decisions about where they will spend the next four years of their education. Many juniors and some sophomores will begin the college search process and earnest. In today's episode, we discuss questions related to sorting through options, acceptance, denials, and appeals, the wait lists, and making a final choice, as well as what juniors and other underclassmen can be doing in relation to their college process. I'm joined today by two knack act members with lots of experience in helping students and their families make informed decisions in the college admissions process. Beth heaton, vice president of bright horizons college coach and creator of the getting in, a college coach conversation podcast. Thanks for having me, Annie. And Daven Sweeney, dean of students at the avenue school in New York City and creator of the crush podcast. Thank you, Eddie..
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"I'm your host, Eddie Pickett. I'm a longtime knack act member in a college counselor in dean and pod technic school in Pasadena, California. In today's episode, we're talking about a topic near and dear to my heart. Student athletes and college admissions. What do athletes and their families need to know? When should you get started with your college application process? And what should you watch out for in the recruiting process? Playing college sports demands focus, but getting to college does too. I'm joined today by three knack act members and experts in the field of college admissions. I'll have many years of experience in guiding student athletes on their path to college. They are JT Thomas, who has coached a division one collegiate level. She uses their expertise to guide student athletes and athletic clubs through the chaotic college recruiting process. Thanks. Glad to be here. Bill Morrison, the college counselor and coach at highland park high school in Illinois, which regular since student athletes to competitive college programs, and he's a wire receiver's coach like myself. Yes, I am. Thank you very much for having me Addy. And last but not least, Scott reside. With that sexy southern drawl, the vice president and enrollment management and dean of undergraduate admission university of South Carolina, the division one school, Scott is also the father of a competitive college diver. Thanks Eddie. I'm glad to be here with you today. Thank you for joining. I got to say, so my wife is from upstate South Carolina. And so in my house, the route for the Cal bears and the Clemson tigers. It's got good tigers. It's never too late to change, Eddie. For those of you who don't know, there is a rivalry between the Clemson tigers and the USCA universe of South Carolina. What are you guys called again? We're the game Cox. Oh yeah, those things. I think you all for joining me today and let's get started. I think the first question is just a reality check. So students and their parents don't always understand how difficult it is to be admitted to college the student athlete and to play college sports. Can you enlighten us a little bit? And we're going to pass that down to Bill first. The reality check so to speak, as you put it, I think it's a good way to put it is that people see the news stories of the high level division one kid who's being recruited by everybody and has all this love and for him actually the process is not very difficult..
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"So I really encourage parents to try and let students form their own opinions and perspective based on their college visit and sometimes that means parents not saying as much or maybe asking the students more questions about what they think or what they're looking for instead of giving their own opinions such as oh, I didn't realize this was an older campus or I don't really love this city. Little remarks like that can really affect a student's opinion and maybe make them not as encouraged to seriously consider a college. So I really encourage parents to allow students. This should be a student centered process where students are really in the lead trying to figure things out and that's hard to do if parents are giving a lot of opinions in the process. So it is okay to ask questions too, some of the same questions we had, we had given for students. Those are okay for parents to ask, but just for parents to be careful about giving too many opinions early on before a student has formed their own. And as a last question we're going to do an insider tip. So as a college counselor we visit a lot of the colleges as well. And so what do you pay attention to when you're doing a campus tour? I was going to say you can really tell when there's genuine enthusiasm coming from the guide about something. And I think that can just be really telling about whether or not they're like, for example, I was just finishing doing program at Whitman college and Walla Walla Washington. Lovely spot. And huge shout out to the Whitman team for putting together a great tour program. But one of the things that I noticed the students were doing, where they were always hyping up and shouting out like their peers about things that they were doing. And that's not something that I necessarily have seen at all college campuses. There's been colleges where I've gone to where the guide really talked only about their own accolades and things like that. And definitely, I think any time where you see a certain energy or the student lighting up about something, I think that really can be pretty telling about a little bit about what the school values. And again, this is one person. This is one person's experience and you can't have that sole interaction be the end all be all of your entire view of the school. But I do think there's something to be said for seeing those kind of queues and just like that body language or the ways their eyes light up or when they're talking about a certain class or professor or memory when there's more than just what they're saying but the way that they're saying it and the way that they're carrying themselves and just those other cues and signals of enthusiasm or just excitement or I don't know, fulfillment, I think that can really be something to try to just keep an eye out for and to really take the heart when you notice it. And I really like to hear each student each tour guide story and to hear about the kinds of things they are getting involved in on campus..
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"Institute at my school the students start to get paired with college counselors. We asked them on the survey, like, oh, have you done any college visits? Have you gone and visited schools? And this is after they go to a presentation that we do about particularly about highly selective schools, which sometimes we call highly rejective schools. And I think when we see so many students who send in these responses to these surveys that are like, oh yeah, I went to Boston and I only visited Harvard and now I really wish I visited other places after seeing just the reality of what the college admission landscape can look like. So I think visiting schools with different ranges of selectivity, schools you may not have heard of before, but if they're within driving distance, I think that's a really, for example, I went to college in western Massachusetts. There are like 6 colleges all within the ten minute drive from each other, and definitely for a student who's going to visit Worcester polytechnic institute, WPI, or college of the holy cross, where I went, love it. Assumption college, where my sister ran is right down the road, right? I think what's your state? Also right there. So I definitely think that that's something that I hope students make time for and just open their eyes and possibility because you'll notice I think as Ivan said, a lot of similar things on different campuses, but also a lot of those distinctions or things that if you notice you really like at some places, you can start to call your search a little more or be like, okay gee, maybe like Eddie was saying, I actually didn't think I would like a rural school. I went out there and actually it was a super cool and there was a lot on campus and just a lot of many of these places lots of scenic beauty around and outdoor recreational adventure things, whatnot. I think that's definitely also something I'd want to plug as well. So now that we've talked about some of the planning pieces, let's get to actually what you're going to do while you're on this campus. So what suggestions do you have about talking to students while you're on campus? Who do you talk to? What should you ask to get the quote unquote real story? Oh, from the drama of it all. We did say we like the drama. We do like the drug. She's going. Great question. One first stop is definitely the admissions office. I think admissions offices really do invest a lot of time and resources and energy on trying to be able to offer programming that can give students as much of a full picture of campus as possible. But I do think to the point of that last sentence, right? What should you ask to get to the quote unquote real story? I do think that that's definitely something to be mindful of on your different college campuses. If people ask you about things that you'd like to change about the campus, tell them an honest answer. And that doesn't mean going off on an explosive tirade, totally just like dragging some people through the mud. But to do it in a respectful and thoughtful way and to kind of offer some perspective and potential areas that the school is approaching to addressing some of those things. I think hopefully when you visit campuses, I do hope that the guides are real with you and that they are giving them that the real story. But I also do think that every campus is different and maybe some guys are just more comfortable kind of being a lot more neutral. So I think you might just experience kind of a little bit of variance with that depending on the school and the way that the admissions office and just the culture of the school maybe cultivate those visit programs..
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"And feel what a college that has 50,000 students is like compared to a college with 5000 students. Those are hard differences to make just by looking at those numbers on paper rather than going in person and seeing how that feels for yourself. Also being in a rural versus a very urban area. I've had students before who they knew a college was in a rural area and they were fine with that. But then when they went to visited and actually felt what it was like to be in a smaller town without a mall or a movie theater, perhaps, they realized, oh, that is something I really care about. So I also think starting to know those differences before the senior year can make it easier to start narrowing down colleges when the time comes to make your college list. I just want to plug one thing on the smaller rural places. They're actually a great places to study because everything comes to you. You don't have to go off campus and find all these things, everything comes to your campus. And so don't be afraid of those rural campuses. Secondly, I want to make a point from what Yvonne just said about 9th and tenth grade. And this is for parents. A 100% for parents. 9th and tenth grade is not the time to drag your kid around to a normal college info session tour. That's just the time to throw them on campus. Something locally uses better because you can just see what does it feel like to be a college student. That's the goal of 9th and tenth grade is not to do the formal things. 11, 12th grade, little different story. I totally agree and also with regards to the small colleges, that's another reason I really encourage students to go visit those small colleges and small towns because sometimes they will discount those options without realizing there are amazing places there for them. So thank you for that. If you're in an area where there's multiple schools of different types of schools that are close by with and.
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"What's your reason? And sometimes they're valid reasons. And that's okay, but let's have a conversation about it, and then I return to what I talked about earlier, which is the hardest part is not the application. The hardest part is the deciding. And it and managing what happens after you submit all these applications. I think for me, that's like a worst night. We're honestly for a college counselor in November 1st. You're already stressed and probably a little cranky to be honest. For me, I'm really looking at, okay, so you've done some of the work. Let's chat about these other places that you're looking to. Do we really feel that you are prepared that you really feel that what you have presented on this application is your best effort? Because if you're wanting to apply to any institution, you really want to have the best representation of you, your personality, your interest, the things that really guide you as a person. And are you really going to be able to do that by whatever deadline? And so trying to really understand where the student is coming up with these options. And can we actually prepare for that process as well? But yes, that is something that has come up through the years, for sure. And we always talk about just like we don't want you to water down your application. The more applications you put out above that 6 to 9, the more likely you are to water down something because you haven't spent the time researching that school. You haven't spent the time and energy in the writing process, and when you're just adding something on at the end, you're not just adding something on, particularly when they have a really long supplement. I want to get back to the second idea from earlier and finances. And so how important is it to consider college costs on making the list? And ideally, what's the best time to have the discussion about affordability?.
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"Hello, new and old friends, and welcome to the college admissions decoded podcast. An occasional series from the national association for college admission counseling or naca. Naca is an association of more than 25,000 professionals at high schools, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations, as well as independent counselors, who support and advise students and families through the college admission process. I'm your host, Eddie Pickett. I'm a longtime nak act member in a college counselor in dean and pod technic school in Pasadena, California. Today's conversation is all about creating a college list. It's one of the most important parts of the college emissions process, and one that deserves plenty of time and intention. A smart well developed college list begins with big questions like, what are my goals? What am I passionate about? What are my career interests? And who do I want to be? The answers will help you determine your college choice and may reveal what matters most to you. Some of you don't have answers for those questions yet, and that is completely fine..
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"And that's how old I am. I was reading on paper. And the essays that really stood out weren't about some seminal moment in a student's life. They weren't about the big game. They weren't about acing a test. They were often about smaller moments that the student can then expand upon to talk about themes in their lives. But you don't see right now as they're all over here nodding our heads of 8 of us in this room, nodding our heads along like, yes, speak that Kelly speak that. I love that image Kelly. I wore a purple snuggie myself when I was reading. So definitely not the distinguished look that people think of. Well, I think students often think that college admissions counselor is their grandparent. And the demographic that they're writing to is that 22 to 30 year age. And so when we tell them to use their voice and to write like they talk, they don't believe us. As they're talking about the authentic voice and owning your own essay and your personality, can you talk about the importance of revision, proofreading and also getting advice? Absolutely. So first don't over edit, you should pick one or two trusted people that you know to review your essay. Be careful of having a parent over edit the essay. We do not want an essay that looks like a middle aged woman or man, wrote it. I also believe it's students should not use a thesaurus when they're writing their essay as well. And don't get so wrapped up in the story that you forget the analysis. I think important part of the editing process is to reflect back and think does my theme about who I am come across in this essay. Yeah, I was asked them to say what in admissions officer need to know about you through this essay. And if you can articulate that to me in 30 seconds, you're not going to be able to do that in this essay. So is that here? And to Kelly's point about being careful about having folks over at it. I always say, you know, you don't want too many kicks in the kitchen. The essay is very subjective. And so you could have 5 people read your essay and give you 5 sets of totally different feedback. So you do need to be selective about who you invite to be an editor. I always recommend having someone that knows you well, like a close.
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"Confirming to that institution to let that institution known that you're planning to attend enough all. What is the timeline for housing. Those kinds of things so parents and families can also start to see what is the capacity for the institution to provide up to have a family community when my students use to go there and so. That's another practical piece of advice. That families can engage in. They can engage with the parent or family office on that particular campus. Build on something. Rachel said which prompted the piece that student when you make decisions once. You've moved to college off your list. Let us now. Breaking up is hard. But it's actually courteous to let the college know if they are no longer in the running for you because then they can turn their attention to the rest of the students that they are working on. It's not going to hurt our feelings. We're going to be sorry to see go. It's a bit of clarity. That is kind to folks in admissions. Land i do think that one of the things i think is really helpful in this process for parents. We spent a lotta time on the finance. But i feel like where. I i see that process sometimes go off. The rails is when the family has not been honest with the student about finance piece And so get hung up on. I want to go to the school. And i'm getting ready to go. There and the financial package comes and then parents say no. We can't do that. It gets to be a really dicey process at that point. And so i think being really honest and upfront with your your students and i know that. That's a really tough spot. I imagine for parents to really have candid conversations with soon around finances but to the degree that it relates to the college process. Think about being up front and honest about what that looks like from the very start so that the student doesn't get hung up on places that ultimately may never work in the families..
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"In austin texas. Welcome ken jonathan. Rachel and tara so we've titled today's episode student empowerment in college admissions and i particularly like that word empowerment which will be coming back to throughout our conversation. We've got lots of ground to cover. So let's get started so jonathan first question for you. The elephant in the room is the corona virus. How has it impacted this year's process both the decisions of the colleges but also more importantly for the conversation. We're having today for the decision making process for students and parents. I think the biggest thing that i've seen really is this big amount of uncertainty among students who have not been able to get on college campuses and so in a way where many of our students prior to this year would have made a decision months ago and would be really Engaged on that college's campus both virtually or in person going to visit programs. Going accepted student programs already connecting with roommates. I continue to have my door. Have students come in and out. Who are still saying. No mr farrell. I don't know where. I'm going to school next year and rachel for all the ways. This process is different than it was say two years ago so any family. That feels that way a family. That's gone through it before it's different. It's more complicated. It's more stressful and yet are there ways for example that students and their families are very much still in the driver's seat right now as strange as that might sound to them. I appreciate that question. Jack and also at jonathan shared. I appreciate it so much because that's one of the things that i think we want to convey to students is that they are in the driver's seat so colleges may have rendered their admission and let students know if they're mad at enter waitlisted or whatever. The situation is but for so many students across the country they are holding emission decision. And they get to decide where they're going to college next year so they have those offers of admission and they get to choose from those offer. So it's really their decision. Their families decision. And i think what what's happened during this pandemic is that we've all really understood and really engaged with the fact that we are serving students. This isn't just about a university. It's not just about high school experience about how we're serving the student and so many of us have identified how we can leverage you whether it's zuma other mediums to engage with students so our campus at many campuses across the country have really doubled down on that focus of direct student contact. Having current students meet with prospective students having families meet with our admissions officers in our missions teams but also our college deans in our faculty in our current students and even other parents and so many of us are partnering with high schools and families and our alumni to help.
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"So amid all the chaos trauma of the pandemic. What advice do you have enough for students who are applying to college. What should they focus on. And what can they let go lots. I think the main thing that we've been trying to tell our students is in control can Everyone's in the same boat with the pandemic And it's unnerving it's stressful by really just control you can and what you can control is doing a research on your own reaching out to the colleges admissions counselors using the resources that are available for you one of the things that we have done. My school is really encourage students to reach out to the alums of my high school who are at colleges that they wished to attend do. They can't get the flavor in the feel of a college campus because of the shutdowns but having a conversation with a student at went to your high school you may not know them and they can really give you the inside scoop of what. It's like to be there. And so i think just trying to take the open minded Ba flexible our seniors are experiencing that so many more students apply to so many more colleges that a lot of colleges deferral list is so long and so some students have gotten some news that they're not very happy about it. They've been deferred from their top schools. So being patient. I feel like is something that i keep telling my students is that if this really is your top school you just have to wait it out. I think the springs and the be really interesting time. It's hard to tell teenagers to be patient But it really. Is you know. Try to sound that the that the focus on that deferrals that deny you never know Keep moving along. Keep doing your best in your classes. And just let's see what happens. Yeah i agree. I i told him the same thing you know. Focus on what you can control. Take everything day by day. also listened to colleges are saying about how to engage with them because they're definitely getting very creative using being tiktok snapchat and instagram and takeovers. And all these things. The other thing is. Give yourself space to help to plan because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Tiny tiny tiny as it may be. At the moment we will eventually get through this We will be different people when we get through it but we have to give ourselves the space to help in the space to plan the other thing that i was telling them like. I said listen to colleges. Because they're telling you how to engage with them but they're also telling you what their outcomes are going to be Gave props to. A lot of the colleges were honest whether people like that answer or not that they were going to maximize early decision versus regular decision because they were telling students what they needed to do in order for them to function as a college in an offer them to reach their own goals. Sometimes they can get loss for students and parents that it just think colleges are admitting people for the sake of meeting people. But they don't have to plan for Budget their own budgetary constraints or their own likelihood of survival beyond the pandemic and so early decision is not for everyone. But i have to give props again to those colleges who said if you wanted to be here then. This is what we're telling you. Is i look at the numbers of regular decision applicants that you know so many colleges out there t up like sixty four percent just for early action alone. It's going to be tough and there's going to be a lot of redirection come the spring so we have to be open to that redirection. That offices are going to be conveying those decision letters and you will be redirected to another path. It might not be the that you intended. But it'll be the path that might be the better pass for you in the end of it