The Inkblot

As the Class of 2022 begins the college process, many reflect on the virtual options colleges have offered.

Virtual college fairs lack connection during COVID-19

Zaina Saif May 5, 2021

Junior Sam Skolnick of Hazlet had long looked forward to seeing her dream school’s campus. A digital slideshow of snapshots with pre-recorded narration wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Ever...

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

Colleges face challenges with efforts to reopen

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....

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

College applicants struggle with standardized tests amid pandemic

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...

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

Colleges waive testing requirements

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

College search and decision process affected by virus

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...

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.

Lack of AP courses limits future college performance

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,...

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.

Is higher education necessary to be successful?

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...

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....

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...

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...

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.

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...

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

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...

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