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Jason Misium graduated from Harvard University in 2008 witha major in biology and a focus inneurology.Read more about him.



Matthew Young graduated from Harvard University in 2007 witha B.A. cum laude ineconomics. Read more abouthim.



Kris Bartkus graduated from Harvard University in 2008 with a
degree ineconomics. Read more abouthim.



Kate Wang graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with adegree in psychologyand a minor in French. Read more abouther.

Questions? E-mail us at blog(@)sophosacademics.com
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(2010-09-03 17:28)
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Journalism is a popular industry for college graduates. It lets them use their writing skills, it lets them travel and talk to interesting people, and it gives them a lot of independence (not to mention the chance to write a book or two in the future). On the other hand, the industry is going into a decline, and many journalists have to spend a lot of their time reporting what people want to hear rather than the truth.


If you’re considering journalism as a career, the most basic skills to start developing are your writing and your question-asking. For the first one, you should be writing every day. It doesn’t have to be journalistic writing, but it should be formal, in the sense that you are paying attention to the writing itself, and editing it. Write short stories, write your observations, write blog posts, but make sure that you are pushing

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(2010-08-31 16:29)
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Many college students end up being drawn to finance, especially as graduation approaches. The appeal has several layers. Investment banking is the highest paying profession straight out of college, it hires students from all majors, and it is seen as very prestigious. There are also a number of drawbacks, notably the long hours (many people on Wall Street work 100+ hours per week) and oftentimes stressful work environment.


If you think you might be interested in a career in finance, there are a few things you can start doing even if you cannot spend time at a financial company (though if you have friends or family who work in such a company, the first step is obviously to ask them about their work). The first step is to start understanding the stock market. The best way to do this is to start investing in it. Don’t worry, you don’t have to risk any money

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While stressing about your future career is not a great idea, especially before you even go to university, it is never too early to start exploring potential options. Because you don’t actually have to choose a profession, you have the freedom to experiment. We’ve talked about the importance of extracurriculars before, but this time I wanted to relate them to your future profession. One important use of your extracurricular time, both before college and in college, is to expose yourself to different non-academic activities, such as different types of work.


The first step is, as always, to ask yourself what you’re interested in. The list may be short or long, but choose one profession or field that might be interesting to you. Obviously, as a high school student, you’re probably not going to find a full time employment in this professio

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When considering universities and the whole college application process, many high school students spend a lot of time thinking about jobs, and what job they want to do after graduating. If applying to school within China, then this is obviously an important consideration, but for students looking to study in the United States, this is not nearly as essential. Remember, one of the main advantages of studying in the United States is that what you study does not have to determine what sort of profession you’re suited for. In fact, the ideal of a liberal arts education, from a Western perspective, is to have nothing to do with what job you work in the future. Let me explain.


The thinking behind a ‘liberal arts education’ is that it can give you skills to succeed in any job. Certain skills are important to success in most fields, such as critic

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One topic we have not spent a lot of time talking about is career. Obviously, our focus is schools and how to get into them, but we also know that the prospect of a future career is what drives a lot of people to study hard and apply to certain schools. At the same time, high school students aiming to attend school in the US should be involved in extracurricular activities, and these activities allow students to explore potential professional interests.


For this new feature, which we will focus on in the coming few weeks, we will provide some general ideas for how to think about, approach and research professions. After that, we will discuss some specific professions, from the perspective what a high school student can do to gain some practical experience within that profession.


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We’ll still be adding content as time goes on, but for now, we have the full foundation for ‘The Search’. If you are a Chinese student applying to American universities, definitely check out the main Search page, and click through the two layers of links. The Search is probably the most comprehensive guide available on what to ask and what to consider when you are choosing a university.

-Kris克礼


随着时间的流逝,我们还会在选校专题里增加内容。但目前,我们已经完成了该专题的基本建立。如果你是一名申请美国大学的中国学生,请一定看看选校专题的页面,并点击进入两层链接。在你选择大学时
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I had a debate with a friend recently about the value of food descriptions. I don’t think this is popular in China, but in the U.S., many people love television shows and blogs about food and cooking. One of the joys, my friend said, is hearing or reading descriptions of delicious, exotic foods. Our argument was whether it was possible to describe a new flavor to someone. I argued that it was impossible, that the only way it was possible to describe something was in terms of other, already known flavors (like saying that a fruit tastes something like an apple and a pear combined), and that even then, that the description was not really meaningful compared to actually tasting something.

 

This actually represents a broader philosophical issue: is it possible to describe something to someone who has never seen it? In some cases, the

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There was a recent mini-scandal in the U.S. involving a reporter, David Weigel, who was pressured to leave his position as a journalist at the Washington Post. Weigel most wrote about the Republic party, and he was considered a good journalist by many. A few weeks ago, however, it was revealed that he had said some very nasty and immature things on a private mailing list. Some people who did not like his journalistic work found some of these e-mails that he wrote, and published them, showing how he had said some very mean things about people who he was writing about in the news. There was a big uproar about this, and he lost his job.

 

This question has existed as long as the

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There was a recent ruling in the U.S. that has legalized what is called ‘jailbreaking’ a phone (in this case, specifically an iPhone). Jailbreaking means changing a phone’s operating system to allow the owner to use the phone in ways that the phone manufacturer did not intend. The ruling was big news in America, but will have an impact around the world, as it will certainly lead to a growth in applications for the iPhone.

 

The argument in the case was basically between safety and freedom. Apple argued that the operating system is built to ensure safety and ease-of-use, and that the company needs to judge app

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One of the most difficult moral questions in the field of medicine is how to regulate the market for organs. In most countries, it is illegal to trade in organs. It is possible to donate your organs, but not to sell them. Consider the example of kidneys. We have two kidneys, but we only usually need one to survive. There are other people who require kidney donations. If they are willing to pay for one of our kidneys, and if we are willing to sell one of our kidneys, should we be able to make a trade? In most countries, the answer is no. People fear that if people could sell their kidneys, that it would encourage unsafe practices, it would hurt those who were incapable of making rational decisions (such as a gambler who uses his kidney as a bet), and would create a market for the stealing of organs (as occurs in certain poor countries). On the ot
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