Thursday, February 21, 2013

THE AGGIE RING

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

TEXAS UNIVERSITY



One of the greatest moments in the life of any Aggie is the day that they receive their Aggie Ring. This moment began with the Class of 1889. The original ring is very different from the ring worn today. At that time several companies made several different versions of the Aggie Ring. It wasn't until E.C. Jonas, class of 1894, designed a ring for his class that the ring we know today came into existence. It has remained exactly as Jonas designed it, with one exception; in 1963 the Legislature of the State of Texas changed the university's name from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University, and the name on the ring was changed accordingly.
The ring worn by all Aggie graduates is the same except for the class year. This serves as a common link for former students. When an Aggie sees the ring on another Aggie's hand, a spontaneous reunion occurs.
The Aggie Ring is one of the most symbolic of our traditions. Everything seen on the ring represents a value that an Aggie should hold. On the top is a large shield, which symbolizes the desire to protect the reputation of the university. The 13 stripes on the shield represent the 13 original states of America. The five stars on the shield refer to the phases of development of any Aggie: mind or intellect; body; spiritual attainment; emotional poise; and integrity of character. The eagle symbolizes agility and power, and the ability to reach great heights.

The large star on the side of the ring symbolizes the Seal of Texas. The five-pointed star is encircled with a wreath of olive and laurel leaves symbolizing achievement and a desire for peace. The live oak leaves symbolize the strength to fight for our country and our state. The leaves are joined at the bottom by an encircling ribbon to show the necessity of joining these two traits to accomplish one's ambition to serve.

An ancient cannon, a saber, and a rifle are on the other side of the ring and symbolize how citizens of Texas fought for their land and are determined to defend it. The saber stands for valor and confidence, while the rifle and cannon stand for a preparedness and defense. The crossed flags of the United States and Texas recognize an Aggie's dual allegiance to both nation and state.

Traditionally, students wear their ring with the class year facing them to signify the fact that their time at A&M is not yet complete. During Senior Weekend at the annual Ring Dance, the student's ring is turned around to face the world proudly, just as the Aggie graduate will be ready to face the world.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

MOST BEAUTIFUL COLLEGE CAMPUS #5

DUKE UNIVERSITY

DUKE UNIVERSITY, DURHAM (NC)


UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON


UNIVERSITY OF MASSACUSETTS BOSTON

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, BOSTON

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST LANSING


 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TOEFL IBT

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About the TOEFL iBT® Test
The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, is an important part of your journey to study in an English-speaking country. In addition to the test, the ETS TOEFL Program provides tools and guides to help you prepare for the test and improve your English-language skills.
What Is the TOEFL iBT Test?
The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. 
It stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. International students need to show a certain amount of comfort with English as the primary language of communication. TOEFL is conducted to check the student’s capability during Teaching Assistantship (TA). TOEFL ibt, generally preferred by all international students, is the new internet based test which has four sections, each which would constitute a certain form of student interaction with the education system.

When should I take TOEFL?
As the TOEFL score is valid for two years, choose your date wisely. Usually, students take TOEFL in the month of September, as it is the ideal time when a student applying for MS is done with his GRE and has no other academic commitments.
Conditional admit: If you are applying to a university without your TOEFL score, it’s perfectly ok but it’s always better if you’re done with it. When you apply to a university without a TOEFL score, it gives you a conditional admit which means that you have take your TOEFL exam for the confirmation of the admission. If your TOEFL score is low, then the respective admission committee will either tell you to repeat the exam or take up a course in their institution or complete it. The course isn’t a part of your regular curriculum and it becomes hectic. Moreover, it’s very expensive. So repeating TOEFL is the right choice.
Note: TOEFL is a MUST for International Students.

Structure of TOEFL

TOEFL comprises of four sections:
1.       Reading
2.       Listening
3.       Speaking
4.       Writing
Task
Description
Time
READING
Short format: 3 passages, each with 12-14 questions
Long format: 5 passages, each with 12-14 questions
60 mins
100 mins
LISTENING
Short format: 2 conversations & 4 Lectures, each with 5-6 questions
Long format: 3 conversations & 6 Lectures, each with 5-6 questions
60 mins
100 mins
BREAK
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10 mins
SPEAKING
6 tasks and 6 questions
20 mins
WRITING
Integrated Essay
Independent Essay
20 mins
30 mins
Note: If you get Short format in Reading, then you will get Long format in Listening or the other way round.

Reading:

This section is very similar to the RC section in GRE, with the only difference being that this one is VERY simple. There can be two formats in Reading: Short format or Long format.
-Short format consists of 3 passages each approximately 700 words in length and with 12-14 questions and overall time is 60 minutes. The passages are on academic topics
-Long format is 100 minutes duration and has 5 passages each approximately 700 words in length and with 12-14 questions. Of the 5 passages only 3 will be evaluated to get your score, the other 2 are experimental and do not matter at all. However, you have no idea which ones will matter and which ones won’t, so you have to give your best in all.

Listening:

This is a new section for most of the students and it tests the student’s listening skills. In this section you have to listen to entire conversations (A conversation involves two speakers, a student and either a professor or a campus service provider) or lectures at one go (which can be very boring). Again there can be two formats: Short or Long
-Short format consists of two conversations and four lectures each having 5-6 questions. Overall duration is 25-30 minutes.
-Long format consists of three conversations and six lectures each having 5-6 questions, of which two conversations and four lectures only will contribute to your score. The remaining are redundant but again you are kept in the dark about this, so give your best in all. Overall duration is 100 minutes.
NOTE: If you get Short format in Reading, you will get Long format in Listening or the other way round.

Speaking:

Speaking sections tests the ability to communicate in English in an academic setting. It has six tasks. Tasks 1 & 2 will prompt you to speak on some familiar topic like a personal experience. You are given 10-15 seconds to think and another 30 seconds to speak on each of the questions. Tasks 3 & 4 require you to read a paragraph, followed by listening to a short conversation and then respond to a question about what you read and heard. In the next two questions you have to listen to an audio clip, remember the important points in it and then answer the questions based on it in 45-60 seconds. Overall duration of this section is 20 minutes.

Writing:

Although this is quite a different section, it should be comfortable section for those who have already appeared for GRE. You are required to write two essays: Integrated Essay and Independent Essay
Integrated Essay: You have to read on an academic topic for two minutes and listen to a speaker discuss the same topic for the next few minutes. You get 20 minutes to plan, write an revise an essay of around 150-225 words based on what you read and listened. The earlier paragraph is also made available to you while you write. However, the audio clip is available only once.
Independent Essay: In the independent task, you must write an essay that states, explains, and supports your opinion on an issue, supporting your opinions or choices, rather than simply listing personal preferences or choices. You are given 30 minutes for writing this in about 300-350 words.

Friday, February 8, 2013

MOST BEAUTIFUL COLLEGE CAMPUSES #4

University of San Diego , San Diego, California

University of San Diego , San Diego, California

CORNELL UNIVERSITY , ITHACA, NEW YORK

CORNELL UNIVERSITY , ITHACA, NEW YORK

Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut

Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA, MISSOURI

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA, MISSOURI

Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

FEATURED UNIVERSITY #3

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YALE UNIVERSITY    

Yale University (www.yale.edu) is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.Yale became a founding member of the Association of American Universities in 1900. The University's assets include an endowment valued at $19.4 billion as of 2011, the second-largest of any academic institution in the world. Yale's system of more than two dozen libraries holds 12.5 million volumes.49 Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the University as students, faculty, and staff. Yale has produced many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and several foreign heads of state. At the graduate level, Yale Law School, Yale School of Art, and Yale School of Drama are particularly well-regarded. Yale Law School is the most selective law school in the United States.Yale students compete intercollegiately as the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA Division I Ivy League. The oldest intercollegiate athletic event in the United States is the Yale-Harvard regatta.

Ranking :-  

National
ARWU 9
Forbes 5
U.S. News & World Report 3
Washington Monthly 39
Global
ARWU 11
QS 7
Times 10


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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MOST BEAUTIFUL COLLEGE CAMPUSES #3

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University of Southern California : Los Angeles, California

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Princeton University : Princeton, New Jersey, United States


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Harvard University:Cambridge, Massachusetts


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                             Berry College: Mount Berry, GA

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University of Notre Dame: South Bend, IN

Sunday, February 3, 2013

TOP 10 PARTY SCHOOLS

 TOP 10 PARTY SCHOOLS OF 2013 RANKED BY PLAYBOY


The term ,Party School’ is used to refer to a college or university that has a reputation for heavy alcohol and drug use or a general culture of licentiousness. The magazine Playboy has published a list of party schools in 1987, 2002, 2006, and every year since 2009. Playboy ranked America’s best party schools by Sex, Nightlife, Sports, and UVA came out on top. Here, the below is the list of Playboy’s Top 10 Party Schools.

1. University of Virginia – Charlottesville
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The University of Virginia (UVA or Virginia) is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson and established in 1819.
2. University of Southern California – Los Angeles
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The University of Southern California (USC) is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, research university located in central Los Angeles, California, United States. USC was founded in 1880, making it California’s oldest private research university.
3. University of Florida – Gainesville
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The University of Florida is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) campus in Gainesville, Florida. The university traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906.
4. University of Texas – Austin
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The University of Texas at Austin is a state research university, and is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, its campus is approximately 0.25 miles (400 m) from the Texas State Capitol in Austin.
5. University of Wisconsin – Madison
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The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. Founded when Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848, UW–Madison is the official state university of Wisconsin, and the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System. It was the first university established in Wisconsin and remains the oldest and largest university in the state.
6. University of Georgia – Athens
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The University of Georgia is a large public, land grant, sea grant, flagship research university located in Athens, Georgia in the United States. Founded in 1785, it is the oldest and largest of the state’s institutions of higher learning and is one of multiple schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States.
7. Vanderbilt University – Nashville
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Vanderbilt University is a private research university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1873, the university is named for shipping and rail magnate “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided Vanderbilt its initial $1 million endowment despite having never been to the South.
8. Tulane University – New Orleans
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Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Founded as a public medical college in 1834, the school grew into a comprehensive university in 1847 and was eventually privatized under the endowments of Paul Tulane and Josephine Louise Newcomb in 1884.
9. Texas Christian University – Fort Worth
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Texas Christian University (TCU) is a private, coeducational university located in Fort Worth, Texas, United States and founded in 1873. TCU is affiliated with, but not governed by, the Disciples of Christ. Its mascot is the “horned frog.”
10. Ohio State University – Columbus
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The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870, as a land-grant university and ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.