What does stressed spell backwards?

Stressed spelled backwards spells desserts, and we usually think of them as equally bad for you. However, new research may indicate otherwise. An article in the The New York Times Magazine examined recent research on stress, and found that if students framed it in a positive way, it may actually benefit their performance:

"Before taking a practice test, the students read a short note explaining that the study’s purpose was to examine the effects of stress on cognition. Half of the students, however, were also given a statement declaring that recent research suggests 'people who feel anxious during a test might actually do better.' Therefore, if the students felt anxious during the practice test, it said, 'you shouldn’t feel concerned. . . simply remind yourself that your arousal could be helping you do well.' Just reading this statement significantly improved students’ performance. They scored 50 points higher in the quantitative section (out of a possible 800) than the control group on the practice test."

Jeremy Jamieson, assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Rochester, would like to see stress re-defined: “When people say, ‘I’m stressed out,’ it means, ‘I’m not doing well.’ It doesn’t mean, ‘I’m excited — I have increased oxygenated blood going to my brain. ” For juniors studying to take their SAT and ACT, this could be revolutionary, though it doesn't replace the value gained by planning ahead and studying.



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Early Admission Rates For College Applicants

Now that you have gotten in your early applications and are likely taking a well-deserved breather, you may be wondering what your chances are of actually getting admitted early. While higher than regular admission rates, acceptance is still far from a guarantee, so make sure you continue to work on your other applications. Now is a great time to use College Essay Organizer to check out how many essays you still need to write and how best to organize them so you're not stuck writing essays over the holidays. Here's a list of 2012 early admission rates for some common schools:

University 2012 Early Acceptance Rate
Babson (Mass.) 53.00%
Barnard (N.Y.) 44.60%
Binghamton University (N.Y.) 56.00%
Brown University 19.05%
Boston U. 47.20%
Bowdoin (Me.) 25.30%
Carleton (Minn.) 40.50%
Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) 26.00%
Claremont McKenna (Calif.) 29.00%
Colby (Me.) 50.28%
Columbia University 23.00%
Colgate (N.Y.) 51.00%
Cooper Union (N.Y.) 9.00%
Cornell University 32.45%
Dartmouth (N.H.) 25.80%
Dickinson (Pa.) 52.70%
Duke (N.C.) 25.00%
Emory (Ga.) 38.00%
Grinnell (Iowa) 58.10%
Harvard University 18.25%
Harvey Mudd (Calif.) 20.00%
Johns Hopkins (Md.) 38.00%
Lafayette (Pa.) 56.00%
Lehigh (Pa.) 63.40%
Middlebury (Vt.) 32.00%
Northwestern (Ill.) 33.00%
Pitzer (Calif.) 38.00%
Pomona (Calif.) 19.70%
Princeton University 20.89%
Rensselaer Polytechnic (N.Y.) 35.30%
Scripps (Calif.) 39.00%
Stanford University 12.80%
U. of Pennsylvania 25.00%
U. of Virginia 29.00%
U.N.C., Chapel Hill 38.00%
Vanderbilt (Tenn.) 24.50%
Vassar (N.Y.) 42.50%
Virginia Tech 52.00%
Wake Forest 43.00%
Washington and Lee (Va.) 40.00%
Washington U. in St. Louis 30.80%
Wesleyan U. (Conn.) 44.54%
William and Mary (Va.) 48.33%
Yale University 15.70%


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University of Pennsylvania Sends Out More ‘Likely’ Letters This Year

Colleges wanna know.

As students wait to hear from colleges, many of which notify students in early April, a lucky few will receive ‘likely’ letters. A ‘likely’ letter issued by Ivy League schools toward the end of February/early March lets students know that they have been admitted. A practice that began as a way to curry favor with coveted applicants, it is now becoming increasingly more common.

According to this article in the New York Times, University of Pennsylvania sent out many more ‘likely’ letters than in previous years. Other colleges are also following the trend, creating their own versions of these letters, often with an invitation to a campus event geared toward accepted students.

Whether you receive an early indication of admission or not, don’t be alarmed. It can be a random decision, based on the timing that your application is read, and it in no way indicates that you have not been admitted. Pretty soon all the decisions will be in, and we will all breathe a sigh of relief just to know that it’s over and the next phases of student life have begun.

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