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by Simran V '11

Borrowing Cash from the U.S. Of A.

For some BSGE students, college is right around the corner and money has recently become an increasingly important factor in students’ college decisions. The choice of where to apply or go to for college is not only decided based on academics, location, and size, but also based on how much financial aid a college will provide. Going to college is becoming increasingly expensive as even public universities have increased prices, averaging $7,020 just for tuition and fees and many private universities charging an average of $26,273 just for tuition and fees (not including room and board, textbooks, or meal plans), many students end up taking out loans or apply for grants and scholarships in order to pay for college.
Usually, student loans would have to be taken from private banks and corporations like

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by Jolijt T '11

BSGE Students Offered $9.8 Million in Aid

This year’s senior class of 69 students was offered an amazing and unprecedented total of $9,853,780 in scholarships and grants. Multiple students were even offered full scholarships.
The total is even more astounding than it typically would be because of today’s economic situation. According to U.S. News, financial experts predicted that this year’s fight for scholarships would be more intense than ever before. With a bad economy comes an increase in need and an increase in the number of students that need.
In a survey distributed by The BACC Rag, the same one used in

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by Jolijt T '11

‘Colidge is gewd’ says one BSGE Senior

Describing the college application process as “stressful” is a major understatement. Students work on applying to college from the middle of junior year to January of senior year and most hear back by the beginning of April. In early May, The Bacc Rag surveyed the class of 2010 to gauge how successful BSGE is in helping its students apply to college. In response to the survey Ms. Johnson said that she hopes students answered “truthfully, without fear of retribution” and that “a few of the stats give us something to consider about the process.”
Overall, Seniors Are Happy
Once most of the class of 2010’s college acceptance letters had arrived

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by Simran V '11

SAT vs ACT. Which Test is for you?

Good grades on college entrance exams such as the SATs and the ACTs are imperative to getting into selective colleges. Hence, one question that constantly plagues high school students is whether to take the SAT or the ACT. All colleges accept either of these tests for admission and both test a student’s capabilities. However, the way students are tested and what students are tested on are completely different. That is why many students may score better on one of the two tests and some do about the same on both. Choosing which test (or both) to take involves considering the structure of both tests and what type of college you want to go to.
The SAT, however, seems to be by far, the more popular test in New York. But that doesn’t mean that the ACT is taboo. In fact multiple students take both of these exams and the ACT is

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by Marcelo T '08

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana

Sitting at the tiny wood table, cups
of coffee littered the room. Towards
my right, five people slaved away
over their computers. With the hopefully
notion that my Spring Break
would be relaxing, I needed to finish
my political science paper on Mark
Andrejevic’s book about the manipulative
and harmful nature of modern
technology. Political science always
left me wanting for more, more
knowledge, more moments where I

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by Marissa R '08

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel

So its one week until I have officially
completed my freshman year.
I know most kids on the verge of
leaving home for college can barely
contain their excitement. I was
absolutely not one of those kids. For
the most part I loved high school and
was not particularly eager to leave
and close that chapter of my life. It

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by Marcelo T '08

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana

Grey seats and black chalkboards covered the rooms. As students made the room look whole, a fluffy haired dog named Tilly ran into the room. Sitting in Introduction to Sociology, Professor Dunbar Moodie’s South African accent captured the attention of indolent students. We quickly learned of Stanley Milgram and Philip Zimbardo’s experiments on people’s blind obedience of authority in correlation to greater societal teachings. As class ended I began to feel an intense pain in my stomach. I rushed to congregate with my friends for lunch. Sharp jabs of jovial humor filled our conversation. Listening to my friend, I could not help but laugh at her theory of how to make fun of someone, “It’s a five step program, step one is recognizing and step two, three, four and five are cuttin’ a*#.” Later that day I was forced to think about a moral conundrum. If five spelunkers

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by Simran V '11

Apply for a Posse

    About 20 years ago, a student said “I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.” That is what sparked the creation of the Posse Program. The Posse Program aims to send groups of students to a college together, so they can work within a support system. These students work together throughout their years at college and help each other along the way.
Colleges and universities partner with the Posse Program to offer students the chance to excel in academics, leadership skills, and above all, the chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds. Posse has 33 partner colleges and universities that include Vanderbilt College, University of California (Berkeley), Tulane University, and Boston University. The foundation offers students full scholarships to go to one of their partner colleges.
To get into the Posse Program, one must be nominated by a community leader or by a high school administrator. At BSGE, you must be nominated by Peter Wilson to get into the program. One must also have academic potential, leadership skills in their community, and be in their first semester of 12th grade. Once a person is accepted into the program, he or she has to meet with Posse staff and peers once a week throughout their senior year. During the two hours a Posse scholar spends

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by Marcelo T '08

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana

Weary eyes slowly creak open. Gazing at the clock, I quickly realize that I must wake up. The extensive ninety page reading that I encountered the previous night left me with undesired exhaustion. Haphazardly, I rise out of bed, get dressed and shuffle my books into my bag. Planning what to say in the class discussions, I briskly walked to class. Snatching a chair in the front of the room, I took out my laptop and books. Forty-five minutes into class, I abruptly became aware that I was one of three students contributing to the discussion. Looking back at the past four years, I understood the fact that I developed a skill that very few other students had. An International Baccalaureate education had given me the ability to master discussions and interpret readings in a complex and abstract manner. The spiel that was constantly reverberated at me, from

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by Marissa R '08

Word from the Real World: Marisa Reichel

Hey everybody!  I’m just about a month into college and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!  I’m liking all my classes and almost all my teachers.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday are my busy days and start at 9:05, which people complain about in college but it’s nothing compared to 7:50.
I first have Public Speaking with Dr.V.  in a class of about 15.  This class is based on four speeches that we make throughout the semester.  I gave my first speech about a week ago and am pleased to report I got a 26/30!
My second class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays is a huge 50 minute class called Principles of Communication Theory where I am one of about 350 students.  Coming from BSGE where an

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by BACC Rag staff

BSGE Meets College

On May 22nd, 2008, BSGE held a college panel with representatives from 10 different colleges and universities.  The audience was comprised of 11th grade students while 12th grade students, already admitted to colleges, asked questions to the representatives about topics ranging from the application process to student life on campus.  The event was held from 1:00-3:00 PM in the cafeteria.  After the panel discussion was over, students had time to talk to the representatives individually.
The representatives from each school discussed what the schools emphasized as far as its admissions policies and which factors each found important.  Each school stressed the importance of grades, saying that they were looking for students who received 5, 6, and 7’s from IB schools.  In addition, schools stressed the importance of

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by Kimberly B '08

Getting Into College

With Tatiana Lam and Fretty Huang
Feel like this IB work is all going to waste, and we’re all just stressing for no reason? Well, this stuff will pay off! Here are two students who graduated from OUR school with an IB Diploma, and which them into (surprise, surprise) good schools. Fretty is currently attending Brown University, and Tatiana is contemplating attending Yale.

So, how did you college journey begin?
I have been a nerd since the 7th grade, when I would read college guides for advisory. Then I joined Sunnyside’s classes in 9th grade, but eventually dropped out until 11th grade when I returned, but either way I