In an attempt to start the New Year off right, a tip o’ the keyboard to some of my fellow bloggers whose musings I read on a very semi-regular basis.
While I realize it’s hard to imagine any other admissions blog being worth your time, there are two I scan periodically. Scott White is a high school counselor and does a superior job researching issues. Jon Boeckensetdt is Associate Vice President at DePaul University and generally offers some of the most reasonable and well written insight on the whole field of admissions.
Scott White’s World and
I’m often asked for financial aid information and do the best I can, but have to defer to the guru, Mark Kantrowitz. Mark is an engineer by training and brings that outlook to the often convoluted and confusing aid discussion. We both post regularly on admissions.com, which I’ve found the best place to read his latest insights.
Michael Alison Chandler writes for the Washington Post and has a terrific blog. She’s been spending a year reliving high school math – for any of you that want sympathy (or parents who need to empathize) it’s a great column.
Being the D.C. area I’m a bit of a poltical junkie, and I think Chuck Todd, recently named as White House Correspondent for NBC, to be one of the most straightforward and insightful media figures. Also one of my best friends, but that may be one of his few lapses in judgment. His stuff on the election is here and his newer stuff is there.
Higher Education Policy and Marketing
You’d think these would be different topics, but in the admissions field they all get jumbled together. On the marketing side, Ypulse, led by youth media expert Anastasia Goodstein, is great reading – especially if you want the latest on how Disney will leverage the “Jo Bros” new show, and what you should call “Twilight” fanatics (that would be, “twihards”). If you prefer a more academic analysis of the fields, Tom Mortensen is a well known researcher that has a great feel for what the majors issues are in the field and writes for Postsecondary Opportunity. Elizabeth Scarborough is one of the most brilliant researchers and consultants I’ve met, and does a great job giving colleges advice – so if you want to know what they’re hearing, check out her blog.
Since I have a six year old, my e-mail box is often filled with Spam offering me opportunities to spend money carefully disguised as parenting advice. In the midst of all the junk I stumbled on (not StumbledUpon) a website by a mom that I actually enjoy, and I’ve yet to see an ad!
One of the weirdest connections that has evolved in my work for Mason has been getting to know movie and television producer, writer, director Marshall Herskovitz. Along with trying to save the environment and remake maybe my favorite movie of all time (more on that when he tells the world) he also created the most successful internet TV show to date, and established it alongside an online community designed to support creative and artistic endeavors. Most amazing – if you join and post on his page, he will actually wrte you back! He was the keynote speaker at our summer arts festival here at Mason, where I found the in person Marshall to be even more fascinating than the online version.
A challenging part of working someplace like Mason is the realization that, despite my enormous ego, I’m usually surrounded by people who are WAY smarter than I can ever hope to be. One of my favorite examples is Jim Olds, director of the Krasnow Institute and one of the world’s leading neuroscientists.
OK, enough complimenting other people. Now that it’s out of my system, back to my usual sarcasm and shameless plugs (be sure to check out Mason Metro and don’t miss our January 15 freshman application deadline!!!). Be seeing you, and Happy New Year.