Category - High School

University of Rochester

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New Adventures :)
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Congratulations, Class of 2016!!
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Lose Yourself
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Midterms, Midterms, and Midterms
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“What kind of scholarship can I get?”
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This Funny Thing Called Time
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Shines of Fall Season
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A Little About Myself
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Seven
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My Last High School Summer…

New Adventures :)

Well, my break is finally over—in just two days, I'll be heading off to Buenos Aires! I'm not convinced I have the attention span for the 11-hour flight, so hopefully I'll be able to sleep most of the way! This week, I've spent most of my time packing, sorting out final details, and getting excited[…]

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Congratulations, Class of 2016!!

The news is all over Facebook and Admissions about the new accepted students to the University of Rochester! I would like to say congrats to everyone. It is not an easy feat to get into this school; the fact that you were chosen means something, and everyone should be proud. I remember when I got[…]

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Lose Yourself

Eminem's lyrics to "Lose Yourself," particularly the beginning, are on my mind a great deal. "Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip? Yo. His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy . . . "[…]

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Midterms, Midterms, and Midterms

In my high school, there was only one midterm period for most of my classes. Some classes didn’t even have midterms and went straight to finals. I am bringing up my good old days because I hope to explain the difference of “midterms” in college. As much as it is important to enjoy the entire[…]

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“What kind of scholarship can I get?”

The June blog post earned so much attention from CBS, The Washington Post, College Confidential, and others that I wanted to feature it here on the new blog as well. The University of Rochester’s new online Net Price Calculator will help families assemble an individual projection about financial assistance at UR. Mining data from last year reveals[…]

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This Funny Thing Called Time

I'm glancing up from these economics notes. It's 11:20 pm. "Ok, get back to writing them out. Exam tomorrow." Five minutes later, when scarcity slopes and absolute advantages are swimming in the pool of knowledge inside my brain that's been lapping all this up, I've had enough. I glance at the time again. Eleven. Twenty.[…]

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Shines of Fall Season

At the University of Rochester, my favorite periods of time are fall (move-in through October) and spring (March to May). Especially during the fall season when the leaves turn red and yellow, the entire campus looks gorgeous. I advise high school students and parents to visit our campus during these times more than in November[…]

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A Little About Myself

Hey, my name is Devin Embil, and I am a student of the Class of 2013 at the University of Rochester. I was born in Florida but have lived most of my life in Istanbul, Turkey. I went to an English-speaking Turkish school and consequently am fluent in both English and Turkish (and I can[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part Seven

If obstacles are presented to you in high school, you need to overcome them. Admissions officers are human. We are empathetic and compassionate. And more importantly, we were once teenagers ourselves. Between the ages of 14 and 17, life is going to present you with challenges, challenges that are beyond your control at times—your parents[…]

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My Last High School Summer…

Mixed feelings: I remember in the past how when summer was coming to a close, I would be sad that school was going to be back in session so soon. Summers were always great—sleeping in late, hanging with friends, and enjoying the beautiful summer weather. This summer is so much different. The biggest difference really[…]

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