Education


Are You First-Gen? Depends on Who’s Asking
The New York Times
Rochelle Sharpe
Trying to help a high school senior get into his dream school, Laurie Kopp
Weingarten called the college to emphasize that the boy should be able to
lay claim to the latest, and fuzziest, of all admissions hooks: being a first-generation student.
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Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid
The New York Times
Rochelle Sharpe
A few weeks before Ashley Hurst was supposed to commit to college, an
email arrived that she thought would change her life.
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Those Hidden College Fees
The New York Times
Rochelle Sharpe
The parade of fees on college campuses never seems to end.
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Beating the Ivy League Odds
The Wall Street Journal
Rochelle Sharpe
Elite colleges say you can’t game the admissions process. But Rochelle Sharpe crunches
the numbers – and finds some extracurriculars matter a whole lot more than others.
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Suicide at MIT raises parents’ ire
USA TODAY
Rochelle Sharpe
The day before Elizabeth Shin set herself on fire, her parents drove through a spring
snowstorm to see her at MIT.
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Better Babies
The Wall Street Journal
Rochelle Sharpe
School Gets Kids to Do Feats at a Tender Age, But It’s Controversial – The Intensity and
Discipline of Doman System Have a Cost, Some Critics Say – Gray’s Anatomy at Age 8
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