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5 simple tools to find the college that matches your personality

5 simple tools to find the college that matches your personality

Have you ever wondered which college you would fit in the best? You have spent countless hours researching schools with your dream major, ideal weather, city size, and all other “necessary” academic parameters such as SAT score, Admit Rate, Avg., GPA etc. etc. But if you hate the next 4 to 6 years of your life, the weather won’t cheer you up, and the city size won’t help much!

There is no question about the fact that your peers will have a significant influence on your college experience. In this article, we will show you five hacks to find the college that has folks you want to hang out with, form lifelong friendships, and maybe even tie the knot.

1: The Google Hack

This is an awesome hack that can quickly give you an impression of what goes down at each school. Open up the Google search and search for the term: “<school name>” + “pranks”. Insert the name of your target school in <school name>.

Example terms: “MIT pranks”

Voila, you will see a list of pranks that MIT students have famously pulled – from dragging cars to the top of the MIT Dome, to making Pac-Man and Blinky appear on the scaffolding covering the Great Dome during reconstruction in 2013.

You will also get a list of links to Wikipedia, Wired Magazine, and MIT website itself where you can read about the “mostly nerdy’ pranks or hacks as they are called, pulled by MIT students.

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    Let’s take another example: “Georgia Tech pranks”

    You can get a lot of dirt on the Georgia Tech and UGA rivalry, including a Georgia Tech student hacking UGA’s website.

    School Personality Match - GoSchoolWise.com

      You get the idea now try it.

      2. The Life with Filters – Instagram – Hack

      A picture is worth a thousand words, and if you add a filter to the picture, the words become memorable – first heard on LifeHack in this post ;)

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      Almost every school has an Instagram account, and even though it is maintained by the school, looking at the images can give you a fantastic idea of the life and experience the school promotes. From the beautiful outdoorsy pictures on UC Berkeley’s Instagram to the amazing skyline and buzz of New York City highlighted in the Columbia University’s Instagram, you can get the feel of the student environment.

      3. The Artificial Intelligence – GoSchoolWise – Hack

      Sometimes it is better to sit back and let the world’s smartest supercomputer – IBM Watson (the computer that beat a human in the game of Jeopardy) do the hard work.

      GoSchoolWise.com, a startup that uses Data Analytics and AI to help high school students and their parents with college admissions, uses IBM Watson to analyze the social media activity of colleges and creates a detailed profile of students at those schools called the SchoolDNA. You can go to each college page and see its SchoolDNA.

      See example traits of students at Harvard

      Harvard SchoolDNA - College Personality Match - GoSchoolWise.com

         Here is another example of students at UT Austin:

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        UT Austin SchoolDNA - College Personality Match - GoSchoolWise.com

          But guess what? GoSchoolWise.com has taken this a step further with a handy tool that analyzes your writing (e.g., essay, tweets), and determines your personality (it is actually fun to learn about yourself) and finds out how well you will fit in at each of your target schools. You can see the full student traits, and get your personality analysis as many times as you want with a free account.

          4. The Motion Picture – Youtube Hack

          Static images are powerful, but sometimes seeing a video can make for a more immersive experience. Like Instagram, most schools have an official Youtube account. Some schools might even have multiple accounts focused on different aspects – Admissions, Sports, Student Life etc.

          Watching a school’s Youtube videos can give you a good sense of what to expect from a school. In a lot of Youtube videos, you can directly hear from current students about their experience as well. However, take this with a grain of salt. No school will publish a video of a student who has less than stellar things to say about her or his experience at the school.

          Check out the Youtube video of Stanford University

          Another of University of Central Florida

           5. The Student Reviews – Niche – Hack

          Wouldn’t it be nice to hear the unfiltered reviews from students? Well, there is a website for that – Niche.com.

          You can search thousands of colleges and read what current students have to say about the school. Also, the website aggregates the reviews in different categories, and you can get a good idea of how a school does on a number of different dimensions such as Academics, Athletics, Party Scene, Greek Life etc.

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          Here are some reviews for University of Pennsylvania:

          “The teachers are helpful and are there when students need help. The students are driven to do there work and help the others around them when they don’t get it.”

          “Greek life has a definite presence at my school, but plenty of people do not participate as well. Non-Greeks do not really think differently about Greeks, since everyone here is clearly intelligent and unique or else they would not have gotten in.”

          Grades for Carnegie Mellon University:

          Academics: A+

          Campus Quality: B

          Off-Campus Dining: A-

          Party Scene: B+

          Remember, the hacks here are not to substitute the “boring”, but necessary search you have to do to find the school based on your desired major, academic stats etc. These hacks are to supplement that search. Good luck.

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          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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