What's this section all about?

The goal of this section is to provide glimpses into several different colleges (in Maine, New England, and Beyond), a college major, and some careers you can persue with that specific major. There will be new highlights each week, but old material will never be deleted. Hope you find this information helpful, and keep an eye out for the highlights of the week!

Ivy League Schools

3 months ago

By LHS Aspirations

What Does Ivy League Mean?

The Ivy League was originally formed as an athletic conference composed of eight private institutions of high education in the Northeastern United States. The use of the phrase is no longer limited to athletics, and now represents an educational philosophy inherent to the nation's oldest schools. Ivy League schools are viewed as some of the most prestigious and are ranked among the best universities in the U.S. and worldwide. 

The Numbers

Brown 

Overall acceptance rate: 6.9%

Total Apps received: 36,794

Total Apps accepted: 2,533

Columbia

Overall acceptance rate: 6.1%

Total Apps received: 40,084

Total Apps accepted: 2,465

Cornell

Overall acceptance rate: 10.7%

Total Apps received: 51,500

Total Apps accepted: 5,514

Dartmouth

Overall acceptance rate: 8.8%

Total Apps received: 21,394

Total Apps accepted: 1,881

Harvard

Overall acceptance rate: 4.9%

Total Apps received: 40,248

Total Apps accepted: 1,970

Penn

Overall acceptance rate: 8.1%

Total Apps received: 42,205

Total Apps accepted: 3,404

Princeton

Overall acceptance rate: 5.6%

Total Apps received: 32,836

Total Apps accepted: 1,823

Yale

Overall acceptance rate: 6.5%

Total Apps received: 35,220 

Total Apps accepted: 

3 things to know before applying to an Ivy Leauge school

  1. The admission process for these elite schools is highly competitive; you’ll need to achieve standards that are much higher than the ones at any average public university. For instance, the overall admission rates in 2020 were under 10%.
  2. Remember to check the admission requirements carefully,  including test scores (SAT, GRELSATGPA), recommendations, extra-curricular activities, and other academic achievements. They matter!
  3. You should keep in mind, though, that there are thousands of higher education institutions in the U.S., and several of them score high in university rankings while having lower tuition costs. This is why, when searching for universities, you should really seek the perfect fit that suits your personal needs.

Bates, UMass Amherst, Tufts, Pace, and Majoring in Business

3 months ago

By LHS Aspirations





Majoring in Business 

A business major is for students seeking a broad-based education in many areas of business, with the option to specialize. Students will learn how different types of companies function in local and global economies. With a business/commerce general major, students have broad career options. General management, business ownership, and employment at a corporation are all viable career paths for those with a business background. 


Coursework


  • Macro & Micro Economics
  • Math for business
  • Public Speaking


  • Intro to Financial Accounting
  • Technology problem-solving
  • Marketing principles 

Courses help students learn the fundamentals of business specifically in accounting, international business, finance, marketing, project management, economics, and more. What's great about majoring in business is students can design a schedule that best fits their interests. 

Accountant 

Accountants help organizations to finance their operations, abide by government regulations, save money, and maximize their profits. They tap into the financial knowledge and skills learned in college to make sound decisions about an organization's resources. Accountants represent and communicate business information that is used by colleagues to operate more effectively, and by investors to make sound decisions about their investments.

Social Media Manager 

Social media managers utilize their tech savvy and knowledge of marketing communications to coordinate their employer's presence on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. They enhance business activity, establish brand identity, and get the word out about their organization.

Social media managers devise strategic plans, help develop content, and measure the impact of online campaigns. Social media managers enlist the support of staff to gather information for stories that can be placed on social media.

College Admissions Representative 

Business majors who are interested in working in a college environment should consider a position with the admissions office as an option. Admissions staff draw upon communicationpresentation, and persuasive skills of the business major to reach out to prospective students.

They develop marketing plans to strategically promote the college and encourage applications. Admissions staff, like business majors, must collaborate with other team members on projects and to deliver programs.



Colby College, Maine Maritime, UVM, Marist College, and Education!

3 months ago

By LHS Aspirations





New England 


The University of Vermont: Home of the Catamounts 





Beyond




Majoring in Education


Majoring in Education prepares students to better understand the learning process as well as the different factors, including environmental, social, cultural, and psychological influences, that can affect a student’s ability to learn and engage in school. Education majors study theories and practices of teaching and might focus their coursework on a specific age group or area of interest, such as literature, math, science, or world languages. 


Is education the right fit for you?

Do you enjoy:

  • learning and helping others better understand the world around them
  • make a difference in the lives of others
  • Serve as a mentor
  • Help in the students' social and emotional development 

Coursework 

A typical curriculum might cover education theory, child development, and contemporary issues in education. Most programs also include coursework in assessment and curriculum development.


Additional Opportunities

Usually, with a four-year program, students will have a semester when they observe a classroom and teach under the guidance of a teacher-mentor. 



Careers/Tracks


Elementary (K-8)


After choosing a concentration, classes and student teaching will be focused on working with children from kindergarten-8th grade

Secondary (7-12)


After choosing a concentration, classes and student teaching will be focused on working with students from 7th-12th grade. 

Special Education


Most Special Ed. programs will be able to be added to the coursework mention under the elementary and secondary tracks. If the school does not have this option, students will have to find a separate program to receive this license. 

Bowdoin, Unity, Franklin Pierce, Drexel, and Majoring in Communications!!

3 months ago

By LHS Aspirations









Major in Communications

College is the perfect time to expand your horizons and explore new opportunities and experiences – and that’s just what your communications degree program will require you to do.

Good communication is essential in all industries, helping to sell products to the public, maintain strong relationships with investors, clients, and customers, and to make sure everyone within and outside the business is operating on the same page. You’ll be expected to practice public speaking, giving presentations in front of your classmates or perhaps a larger group. You will need to write pitches and advisories to the media. You have to go out and track down information for a news story.

https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/careers-advice/what-can-you-do-communications-degree

https://www.degreequery.com/pick-degree-communications/

                 
                 

The University of New England, UMaine at Presque Isle, Bentley, Social Science, and More!

3 months ago

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Major in Social Sciences

Social Sciences are defined as the following: "the scientific study of human society and social relationships"

Subjects that are included: Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Geography, History, Linguistics, Politics, and Psychology 

Students study the social sciences to learn about themselves and their place in the political, economic, spatial, and social systems that comprise individual and group life. Majoring in one of the social sciences listed above will prepare you for a lot of possible careers. The education behind social sciences will provide you with the foundation to develop the skills employers value in employees. Such skills include oral and written communication, teamwork, analytical, technical, critical thinking, and problem-solving. 
 

Careers

While there are a variety of career paths to follow, it's important to keep in mind that many will require you to continue your education after receiving your Bachelor's Degree. Graduate programs tend to vary between 1-3 years. 


Community Development Worker

Working in communities and liaising with different agencies to bring about change and improvements. Some work may be targeted towards certain groups of people e.g. the unemployed or the homeless.

Psychologist 

There is a range of different psychologist roles but broadly they help clients to improve their psychological wellbeing.

Social Researcher

Social Researchers could work for universities or research/market research organizations. Social research covers a wide range of topics including crime, transport, and education. Social Researchers manage research projects including collecting and analyzing data and presenting the results.

Social Worker

Social Workers work with people in the community who need support, for example, the elderly, children who are at risk, people with disabilities or mental health difficulties.

Teacher/Professor

There are a variety of opportunities within education from primary schools to universities.

Youth Worker

Working with young people to provide support, raise aspirations and break down barriers to achieving. This is done in a variety of ways including through recreational activities, organizing projects, mentoring, and liaising with other agencies.

St. Joes of Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington, Northern Maine Community College, Computer Science, Assumption College, UC Boulder, and MORE!

3 months ago

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In New England




Beyond New England




Majoring in Computer Science

To all of you problem solvers and logical thinkers, if you have likely for computers and technology, perhaps you should look into majoring in computer science.

Computer science is a major for problem solvers who want to learn how to use computers and computational processes to build websites, program robots, mine data, and more. Computer science majors may go on to master’s or doctorate programs in the field, and they can work in research and industry. Students will gain experience with the theory and practice of computer science as they explore algorithms, programming languages, and operating systems, for example. In classes, majors may apply their learning to topics like computational finance, robotics, and network security. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/computer-science-major-overview

Is Computer Science right for me?

Would I enjoy learning languages to communicate with computers?

Am I creative, logical, and persistent?

Do I enjoy being able to solve challenging problems?

Do I like to create tools that increase productivity?

Do the latest technologies excite me?

Common Courses

  • Calculus
  • Statistics 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • (More Relevant Math classes)
  • Algorithm Design
  • Computer Organization   

Careers


Software Developer

Create software programs that allow users to perform specific tasks on various devices, such as computers or mobile devices. They are responsible for the entire development, testing, and maintenance of software.

Computer Hardware Engineer

Are responsible for designing, developing, and testing computer components, such as circuit boards, routers, and memory devices. 

Computer and Information Systems Manager

Analyze a company's technology needs and oversee the implementation of appropriate data systems. They need to be able to evaluate software, hardware, networking, and other technology resources for purchase or development purposes.

Thomas College, KVCC, Plymouth State, Engineering, and more!

3 months ago

By LHS Aspirations



In New England 





Beyond New England





Majoring in Engineering

Throw in some math, science, and a pinch of business and you got yourself a delicious batch of engineering majors. 

Engineering requires strong STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. General courses will teach students how to problem-solve, conduct experiments, programming, and more. 

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/engineering-major-overview


Characteristics of an Engineer

  • They're life long tinkers 
  • They have a strong passion for math and science and have done well in those classes
  • They are regularly solving household problems, fixing a dishwasher or other appliances and gadgets 



Mechanical Engineer


Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build and test various devices. They often have an innate curiosity about the way things work.

Civil Engineer 


Are responsible for the world's most inspiring buildings, bridges and roads, as well as some of the less thrilling – yet no less structurally sound – buildings, bridges and roads.

Environmental Engineer


Environmental engineers work to prevent, control or remediate any hazards to the environment using their engineering expertise. Their work might focus on topics like waste disposal, erosion, and water and air pollution.

Cartographer 


Cartographers draw maps for a living. And maps are used for more than just atlases. You’ll find them in newspapers, helping readers make sense of a complicated issue. You'll find them on your smartphone, giving you directions for getting from point A to B.

Architect 


Architects use their skills in design, engineering, managing, and coordinating to create aesthetically pleasing and safe buildings that serve a purpose. They're artists, but instead of a canvas, they have cities, parks, college campuses, and more to display their work.

Husson University, Eastern Maine Community College, Merrimack College, Psychology, and more!!

3 months ago

By LHS Aspirations





In New England 


Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts 






Outside of New England




Psychology Vocabulary  

Definition(s) of Psychology



Careers

Most careers in Psychology will require more education than just four years as an undergraduate. 




In Education


Work with students dealing with behavioral problems, academic difficulties, disabilities, etc. Also, help teachers and parents develop techniques for handling classroom and home behavior.

School Counselor

Guidance Counselor

In Government or Health

Needed in hospitals, private or public clinics, nursing homes, etc.

Correctional Counselor

Military Psychologist 

Criminal Profiler 

Veteran Counselor

Clinical Psychologist

Rehabilitation Counselor

 


University of Southern Maine, Central Maine Community College, Saint Michael's College, Biology, and more!

3 months ago

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School in New England 





Beyond New England




Major in Biology



If you decide to major in Biology, you are opening yourself up to many possible career paths. While many students decide to follow a pre-health track, that is not your only option. Other tracks include Ecology and Environment, Evolution, Cell and Development, Marine Biology, and many more. Schools may offer different courses, but many course loads will incorporate a combination of Biology, Chemistry, and labs. To learn more about the different possibilities, click on the links provided below.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/biology-major-overview



Possibilities


Pharmaceutical Sales Representative


Sell medical supplies, medicines, and more to hospitals and health clinics


Physician Assistant 


Need a solid understanding of Anatomy, human biological systems, and physiology to be able to diagnose medical problems.

Biology Teacher


Love Biology and working with kids, become a teacher!


University of Maine Orono, Southern Maine Community College, International Relations, & More!

3 months ago

By LHS Aspirations

Maine Schools



Welcome to UMO, home of the Black Bears

https://umaine.edu/about/quick-facts/


Check out UMaine's virtual open house schedule to find out more about their different schools/programs.

https://go.umaine.edu/virtual-open-house/




Beautiful SMCC with campuses located in Portland & Brunswick





In New England


And here is..... Southern New Hampshire University 


https://www.snhu.edu/about-us/faqs





Outside of New England

Major in International Relations 

Form questions and find answers to domestic and global questions. Dive deep into fascinating conversations surrounding culture, geography, economics, politics, and more! Stay in tune with current affairs and learn how large the world truly is. 

By majoring in International Relations, you will be able to specialize in a specific theme ranging from national security, foreign policy, language and culture, environmental sustainability, global health, justice, ethics, and human rights, and much, much more!

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/international-relations-major-overview#:~:text=AN%20INTERNATIONAL%20RELATIONS%20major%20studies,%2C%20economics%2C%20and%20data%20science.

https://umaine.edu/internationalaffairs/


The Difference 

International Relations 

"Students study the complex network of political, cultural, and economic issues that make up our modern global society. It is an interdisciplinary program, meaning students can take classes from different departments across the university."

Political Science 

"Students focus on learning how to write and analyze public policy and become experts in the American political system, social science research methods, and international political systems."

https://study.com/articles/difference_between_a_political_science_and_international_relations_degree.html

Similar Majors

International Affairs 


International Studies

Global Studies


Careers

An International Relations major is enables you to prepare for a wide range of career paths. Choosing a career with an International Relations degree may be a little different in the sense that you could do almost anything from being a U.S. Diplomat, Independent Consultant, Program Manager in a small/large organization, or even a Medical Provider. 

Health Field

Physical Therapist, Clinical Nurse, Epidemiologist, Psychiatrist, Physician & much more!

Business Field 

Marketing Manager, Financial Analyst, & Economist...

Government Agencies

FBI, CIA, Foreign Service, United Nations, National Security Agency, etc

International Experience

Peace Corps, Study Abroad Office, Career Services, International Education