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Nature vs. nurture in personal politics

Nature vs. nurture in personal politics

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

Experiences at CHS influence seniors’ college decisions

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

Private education is not necessary for a successful career

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. ...

Seniors consider benefits versus stigmas of art school

Seniors consider benefits versus stigmas of art school

Liam Umbs and Rebecca Heath

June 20, 2019

Out of 81 students in this year’s senior class, 11 made the decision to attend an art school. Six will attend Pratt Institute, two will attend the School of Visual Arts, and the others will attend Artcenter College of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. It is no c...

Free college’s true price: decreases quality of education

Free college’s true price: decreases quality of education

Ryan Swanson

May 10, 2019

Bernie Sanders’ proposal to make public college tuition free seems appealing to college applicants. But in America’s search for a better education and a better system, lawmakers need to understand that by taking the price tag off of college, they risk destroying the value that it has to offer. ...

College stigmas influence student choices

College stigmas influence student choices

Emily Toro

March 15, 2019

On the night of Apr. 30, high school seniors across the nation scramble to pick their home for the next four years. May 1 is National Decision Day, and for many students, the culmination of years of small decisions. Guidance counselor Sandra Gidos said that many students often opt for name recognition ov...

Seniors lean towards colleges with strong athletics

Seniors lean towards colleges with strong athletics

Michael Rau

January 25, 2019

Deciding on a college is no easy task. But for some students, the tailgating, football games and athletic environment of a college can sway their decision. Junior Caelin Burgi of Matawan, who is currently looking for colleges, said that she wants to go to a college with a football team. “I think ...

To post or not to post

To post or not to post

Kaitlyn Delaney

January 25, 2019

When colleges perform routine background checks of applicants, they look for education history, employment history, criminal records and now, social media. According to a study conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 68 percent of colleges believe searching social media during the admissions process is “fa...

Value in liberal arts degrees

Value in liberal arts degrees

Sally Ehlers

May 4, 2018

Tech controls the world. Go into STEM. Liberal arts degrees leave you broke. We have all heard such advice, but it is far from true. The working world finds liberal arts degrees essential for success. A Cornell University study revealed that those with liberal arts majors are more satisfied than their c...

College apps continue through the holiday season

College apps continue through the holiday season

Caroline Monaghan

January 12, 2018

‘Tis the season for candy canes, gift-giving, flavored lattes and college applications. College applications are just another part of the dreaded process that supports a multi-million dollar business: higher education. And now, they seem as integral to the holiday season as strung lights. According...

Do colleges value academic achievements over academics?

Do colleges value academic achievements over academics?

Meredith Prud'homme

January 12, 2018

According to the Huffington Post, 60 percent of the University of North Carolina’s football and basketball players read below the eighth grade level, and 8 to 10 percent read at or below a third grade level. This statistic begs the question of whether colleges value athletic accomplishments more than...

A Higher Cost : How CHS students and alumni dealing with the price of a higher education

Andrew Wang

December 18, 2017

For the average American, the issue of attending college is a matter of numbers. As reported by Forbes, for 44 million Americans as of February 2017, that number is $1.3 trillion, the total amount of student loan debt. For the graduating class of 2016, that number is $37,172, the average amount each...

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