Great Lessons from Great Interns in their 40s


npr-probst_danielle-1_wide-15b8d8320fc2c718e2bfa278f27b2f1ee08bb12c-s4-c85‘…Lisa McGee, a disaster program manager at the Red Cross, is Killian’s boss, and she is supportive. “I came in as an older intern myself,” she says. She was about 43. McGee says older interns often have more empathy, life experience and commitment to the job. And it’s a commitment Killian wears on her sleeve — literally. In lieu of wedding rings, she and her late husband got matching Red Cross tattoos on their wrists.

‘Killian believes the internship will help her get a paying job. She’s currently interviewing.

‘”[Potential employers] were amazed,” she says. “I told them ‘I’m a 47-year-old intern and a volunteer at Red Cross.’ They’re like, ‘Really?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah,’ and they respect that.”…’
NPR

A rare case where a collegian should really enjoy studying—as a reward for a rare achievement
Teener Kwasi Enin Gets Into Every Single Ivy League School
‘A first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., the 17-year-old violist and aspiring physician applied to all eight, from Brown to Yale.

‘The responses began rolling in over the past few months, and by late last week when he opened an e-mail from Harvard, he found he’d been accepted to every one. School district officials provided scanned copies of acceptance letters from all eight on Monday. Yale confirmed that it was holding a spot for Enin…’
usatoday

We Should Tell Kids If College Will Make Them Poor
Academics might not like it, but schools should be held accountable.
‘Be that as it may, I think many students would like to know whether their college education is likely to leave them poorer than an adult who started their career right after prom. And it’s strange to argue schools should be let off the hook because their students have dimmer earning prospects to begin with, or choose less remunerative majors. It might not be absolutely necessary to rank colleges based on ROI. But in the age of massive student debt, it is absolutely fair and far from absurd to ask whether schools are charging appropriate tuition, given students’ realistic earning prospects.

‘Moreover, there is a very wide—and very accurate—consensus in academia that holds that for-profit universities vastly overcharge their students, given the actual value of their degrees. Why not apply that standard to traditional higher ed as well?…’
slate

This college must definitely reform
College Professor Taught The Wrong Class For A Whole Semester
A student with a 4.0 grade average found herself unexpectedly struggling with the material

‘…“I was getting 40’s on every test,” said Firmin. “I studied as hard as I could, did everything in my power to try.”

‘Then, shortly before the class’ final exam, Firmin claims teacher Thao Shirley Nguyen admitted something.

‘“She told her mistake in class to all of the students,” Firmin told the KHOU 11 News I-Team.

‘And the mistake: “She was teaching general chemistry, another course, all semester.”

‘In short, Firmin says Nguyen told the class that she had NOT been teaching them the introductory course in chemistry that they originally signed up for, but an advanced course in chemistry…’
Khou

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