by Ana M '14

Tips on the College Process

  1. Abandon all reasonable expectations.
  2. Don’t overload on reach schools.
  3. Get your personal statement done early. Go to the summer program if possible.
  4. File all financial aid information on time.
  5. Finish all your supplements by Peter’s deadline.
  6. Don’t apply to too many schools (too many is more than 15); you’ll have more supplements to do and more application fees to pay.
  7. Visit the schools you want to apply to before you actually do (if you can). You may save yourself time and money if you end up not liking it.
  8. Apply for scholarships.
  9. Pay attention and take notes during all the college meetings in the fall. You could end up finding a school that you really like.
  10. Interview for as many schools as possible. It’s a great way to show the school that you’re interested and for the schools to get to know you better.
by Ana M '14

BSGE Seniors Display Work at IB Art Exhibition

Photo Credits: Ms. Jennifer Dikes

On Tuesday, March 18, BSGE seniors exhibited selected artworks they had created as part of the IB Visual Arts program at the Aurora Gallery less than three blocks from the school. The show marked the second year of BSGE displaying their work at the gallery, a shift from the library exhibits of past years. The exhibition was a year and a half in the making for the senior class, who had first chosen their exhibition theme at the start of Junior year. Each senior chose five artworks that they felt best communicated their themes to display at the show. Friends and family were invited to enjoy the show and bid on any works that they wanted to buy. This was also the first year in which students were able to keep 100% of the profit made from selling their art.

Although creating the artwork took a year and a half, the exhibition process was very hectic, fast-paced and occurred in the span of two days. The seniors missed first period on both Monday and Wednesday to hang up their work and take it down, respectively. Lina Rahmani, ’14, says, “It was pretty crazy getting there, but overall I was proud to be a part of it and the way it turned out.  I was very impressed with the end product.”

Lauren Ouaknine, ‘14, says that one great thing about the show this

by Ana M '14

Halloween Rave a Success

    On October 25th, Senior Council threw a Halloween Rave to close off Spirit Week with a bang. Many attendees wore costumes which, though not required to enter the dance, was highly encouraged in order to get everybody in the Halloween spirit. About 200 people attended, making the dance a huge success, with Senior Council raising just over $1,000 to put towards the cost of senior dues.

by Ana M '14

What to listen to: Best (Indie) Albums of 2013

1. Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend- With highly varied influences and obscure cultural references sprinkled throughout, Vampire Weekend’s third album is musically and lyrically interesting, lending itself to being played on repeat for weeks on end. The often serious lyrical content and overlying themes of death, aging and religion juxtapose the upbeat, catchy music that makes you want to loudly sing along, allowing you to ponder your existence while getting turnt at the same time. The album takes a slight dip in quality towards the end, with Hudson and Young Lion, the last two tracks of the album, being completely skippable; however, the first ten songs make up for it. Actually, the last minute of Hannah Hunt alone makes up for it.

by Ana M '14 by Neha M '14

Tips for 11th Graders

1) Sleep until noon on the weekends to conserve energy.

2) Do all your preliminary Extended Essay work really well (so you can copy-paste everything when the time comes to actually write it).

3) Find creative places and times to do your homework.

4) The Google Drive app is your best friend.

5) Always underestimate the amount of work you’ll get done in a day so you won’t be too disappointed when you only accomplish a fraction of it.

6) Your teachers are the bomb diggity. Love them with every fiber of your being.

7) Try not to contract premature senioritis.

8) Don’t avoid Peter. He’ll find you eventually.

9) If you get’cha head in the game, your junior year can be as beautiful as High School Musical. It could be the start of something new.

10) Always have caffeine on hand. The deli across the street has A+ iced coffee.

11) Remember: You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

12) Let’s be honest, the SAT is a load of hoopla but make time to study and cry over how much it blows.

13) Laugh things off. Two hours of sleep? HA. Don’t want to do anything? HA.

14) It’ll be over in 0.3 seconds so make the most of it.

by Ana M '14 by Neha M '14

10 Tips for New Bees

1.) Be polite. Stay to the right.

2.) Master the art of printing out your homework in the library a minute before class starts.

3.) Writing Etiquette: Number your pages. Always double-space. Staple papers. Times New Roman, 12 point font.

4.) Keep it moving in the hallways to avoid getting smacked or shoved into walls.

by Ana M '14

Should the SHSAT Be So Important?

In order to gain acceptance into one of the nine prestigious specialized high schools in New York City, eighth graders need to take the SHSAT, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. These test scores alone determine a student’s acceptance; other factors, such as grades, teacher recommendations, extracurriculars, etc., are not considered. How well a student does on the SHSAT determines where they will spend the next four years of their lives. This places a lot of importance on the test, as it test becomes a make-or-break moment for students who want to attend specialized high schools. The use of only standardized tests to determine admission into specialized high schools is questionable, as it is not the only thing that adequately gauges a student’s capabilities and should not be the only thing considered. However, because all students are, in theory, given an equal opportunity to succeed on the test, it is considered to be the fairest and most objective way to gauge a student’s ability. The issue about standardized testing as the sole means of determining admission has been

by Ana M '14

How Much Does College Really Cost?

Many students face a financial burden applying to college. Not only is the price of attending college really expensive, but the process of applying is too. Students may rack up a huge bill before they even get to college.

Each college charges an application fee. This fee can range from $35 to $80 per application. On top of this, the college board charges you $9.50 to send your SAT scores to each college you apply to. If you need your results rushed, they charge an extra $27 for that. Sending ACT scores is $10 per college you send it to. The fee for taking standardized tests is very high as well. The ACT is $35 per time you take it, and the SAT is $50. If you want to take the subject SATs, the price ranges from $35-$46. Fee waivers are available for both the SAT and ACT for students who are eligible.  SAT prep is also something that, though not technically necessary, is very highly recommended for maximum success on

by Ana M '14

Holiday Gift Ideas

The Nerd

Wanted Dead & Alive- Schroedinger’s Cat

by Ana M '14

Getting Into College

Juniors are often told that this year will be the most important year of high school in terms of getting into college. Besides being scary, it can also be confusing for them, and many questions may arise. What are colleges looking for? What do we need to pay attention to? There are so many factors that play into college admissions that it may be daunting to narrow our focus down to a few. Though colleges do look at everything you send to them, there are certain aspects that hold more weight than others.

Complexity of Courses: Colleges want to see that students are taking the most challenging classes available to them. This shows that they are hardworking and willing to take risks, rather than just going the easy route and doing the bare minimum. Believe it or not, a lot of colleges would prefer seeing lower grades in harder classes rather than higher grades in easier classes. This is because while many people can do well in an easy class, not many decide to actually take

by Ana M '14

Entertainment Section: What to Watch, Listen, and Read

What to watch: Community- This quirky comedy about a study group in community college comes back for its fourth season on…. someday. The date is still unknown, but when it comes back on, please watch it so it doesn’t get cancelled. Hailed by many as the Arrested Development of this generation, if you like self-referential humor, long running inside jokes, and plot continuity, you’ll like this show. Also, Joel McHale is in it. So again, please watch it.

What to listen to: Two Door Cinema Club- The Irish indie band released their sophomore album, Beacon, this September, a follow up to 2009’s Tourist History. Both albums are extremely catchy, but while Tourist History has a more dancey feel, Beacon sounds more mellow, so just pick which one you wanna listen to. Either way, you’ll enjoy it.
What to read: Book Thief by Markus Zuzak- A historical fiction novel about Germany during World War II, this book will make you laugh and make you cry, but mostly make you cry. Be prepared to be completely immersed in the story and the historical context of the novel, and also have a box of tissues next to you as you’re approaching the end, because you will need it.

by Ana M '14

Peer Tutoring During 8th Period in the Library

Need help? Don’t want to ask a teacher?
Peer tutoring is available during 8th period in the library Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday if you need help but aren’t assigned to an 8th period class that period. If you’re an 11th or 12th grader and you need CAS hours, or one who just wants to contribute to the greater good of the school, you can just show up and start tutoring. Teachers, you can send some students who are normally in your eighth period class to the library.