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Colleges face challenges with efforts to reopen

As colleges begin to reopen, some have difficulty due to the area and number of cases.

Vivianna Varlack

October 9, 2020

Expecting COVID-19 to pandemic to subside, on June 3, 2020, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) announced the reopening of their Fall 2020 semester with in-person instruction and social distancing guidelines. However, as COVID-19 spreads across the country, UT, along with many other colleges, opted...

College applicants struggle with standardized tests amid pandemic

Students struggle with being able to take standardized tests to use for college applications.

Liam Umbs

October 9, 2020

On Aug. 29, senior Abby Fuller of Brielle put on her mask and drove down to Donovan Catholic High School in Toms River to take the SAT. Despite taking the test last November, Fuller signed up to retest in August, after seeing Spring tests being canceled. Although many colleges across the country no ...

Colleges waive testing requirements

Some colleges are not requiring testing amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoe Conner-Bennett

June 12, 2020

Students across the country were still recovering from the shock of school closures in early March when, just days before its set date, the College Board cancelled the March 2020 SAT exam. Not long after, the organization announced the cancellations of the May and June tests as well.  “I was so...

College search and decision process affected by virus

The Class of 2020 stands together on the first day of school in 2019 to take a class photo.

Ella Lukowiak

May 8, 2020

With the onslaught of the novel coronavirus throughout society, highschoolers have found that SAT and college tour cancellations have turned what should be a common high school experience into a future of unknown. Anyone who had been hoping to take the SAT this spring had to deal with the reschedul...

Lack of AP courses limits future college performance

According to a survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed, 70% of colleges view AP courses to be rigorous while only 59% think the same for a selection of honors classes.

Madeline Holobinko

May 8, 2020

As an eighth grader applying to CHS, I was utterly amazed by what the school had to offer. Specifically, the concept of taking all honors classes sounded like such an impressive feat.  And to think, I may take one of the two AP classes offered! I was confident that no matter what happened during m...

Is higher education necessary to be successful?

Brookdale Community College is one option contrasting to a typical university that most CHS students attend, and gives students an opportunity to obtain credits at a low cost with the ability to live at home.

Sally Ehlers

May 8, 2020

From the minute I stepped into high school, the concept of college stuck to me like a shadow. Whether I was at school, at track practice or even just checking my emails, the topic of college always seemed to come up. Starting in freshman year, we take the PSAT to train for the test that will supposed...

Ivy League allures CHS students, but doesn’t admit them

Ivy League allures CHS students, but doesn’t admit them

Liam Umbs and Rebecca Heath

March 9, 2020

Legend (and Naviance) has it that not one CHS student has ever gotten into Yale. Ever. That, however, did not stop senior Vaugh Battista of Tinton Falls from applying to the Ivy League school in Connecticut. The result? Battista was deferred, joining the large number of CHS students who have been deni...

College Board accounts for adversity with new Landscape program

College Board accounts for adversity with new Landscape program

Kaitlyn Delaney

March 9, 2020

Merit and minorities: two aspects college admissions teams struggle to balance when reviewing applications. Affirmative action and the new College Board program, Landscape, are among the solutions colleges are using in an attempt to fix this problem.  Affirmative action is a policy implemented t...

Step out of the academic safety net

Step out of the academic safety net

Katherine Lombardi and Evan Kuo

March 9, 2020

Most high school students have to wait until their final year for the cushy benefits of “senioritis.” But sometimes at CHS, it strikes early. Easily-shifted deadlines may as well be advertised in the info sessions and complaining be included as part of the curriculum. When multiple classes’ tests overlap on th...

Nature vs. nurture in personal politics

Children who are used to hearing political views at home are more likely to talk about similar topics in the outside world, according to The Atlantic.

Zoe Conner-Bennett

September 13, 2019

Children learn to talk by listening to the world around them, and predominantly by listening to their parents. The same is true for how children develop political and religious beliefs; their views are at first limited to what senior Dane Tedder of Ocean refers to as their “family bubble.” But as ...

Experiences at CHS influence seniors’ college decisions

All seniors interviewed said that their time at CHS influenced their college decision.

Michael Rau

June 20, 2019

When senior Michael Topper of Ocean commenced his college search, he wanted a school that was larger than CHS but not a “giant” school. “I was looking for something new,” Topper said. “Having the small atmosphere has been nice, but I needed something a little bigger.” Next year, he...

Private education is not necessary for a successful career

According to CNBC, top-rated universities like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale universities hit record-low acceptance rates ranging from 4.5% to 5.9%. With these changes comes a rise in costs and therefore a new record in student loan debt.

Eli Tapia

June 20, 2019

 As their high school career comes to an end, most students are faced with the decision of how to continue their education. Students fight for a spot in the college of their dreams at whatever cost. But buying a degree from a prestigious university has become more valued than a well-rounded education. ...

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