Saint Michael’s College,Fiske Guide to Colleges in 2012 and the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges 2012 edition. The Fiske Guide is widely sold as ‘the #1 best-selling guide to colleges.’ And the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges is called ‘the Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.’ ‘We’re very pleased to be included in these guides; we know that these are among the most important resources for students and their parents in making college choices, so it’s wonderful for Saint Michael’s to be described in books that get into the hands of so many families across the nation,’ said Saint Michael’s President John J Neuhauser. Being selected for these guides in the first place is the big step, since each book selects only about 15 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities for inclusion in its publication. On top of being included, Saint Michael’s was deemed a ‘Best Buy’ in the Fiske Guide, one of 49 institutions so named. Saint Michael’s made the 6th best in the Princeton Review category ‘best gown-gown relations’ and was deemed ‘a best Northeastern college.’ Neither guide ranks the colleges overall from 1 to 376 (that’s left to U. S. News). These two guides simply select the schools they deem academically worthy for inclusion, based on interviews, visits and research. They also make sure to include schools located across the whole U.S. geography and schools of all sizes. Saint Michael’s is a Fiske Guide ‘Best Buy’‘All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academics ratings,’ according to the Fiske Guide’s press release, which said further, that despite rising tuition rates, ‘there are some bargains to be found in higher education.’ The Fiske Guide Best Buys are ‘schools that offer outstanding academics with relatively moderate prices,’ Saint Michael’s among them. Founded and written by Edward B. Fiske, who was education editor of the New York Times for 17 years, the Fiske Guide has come to be widely regarded as the leading college search book. It has been published for more than 25 years, helping untold numbers of students, parents, and counselors gain an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of ‘the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain,’ according to the announcement of the book’s release.Saint Michael’s is #6 nationally in ‘good town-gown relations’ and ‘a best Northeastern college’ in Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges‘Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board,’ said Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP and author of The Best 376 Colleges.
Earlier this week, we were invited to speak at a journalism class at The Evergreen State College. As part of the class coursework, students are divided up among local media groups to serve as interns for the quarter. Two lucky students, Ian Riise and Stefan Ellis, get to spend a few months learning ThurstonTalk’s business model, writing content, and handling special projects.A product of a college internship myself, I firmly believe that real life application of your studies is critical to success post-graduation. I made vital connections and learned valuable skills, not just about my chosen field but about professional conduct in general. My mom taught me polite manners but Chris Cutone and John Boulanger taught me to pick my words (and battles) wisely, the importance of first impressions in the workforce (dress nicely and you will instantly garner respect), and to gracefully handle any task passed my way. At just 20 years old, the duo let me tag along to meetings with high powered executives and listen in on brutal disagreements between coworkers.John, I’m paying it forward now to six interns. My greatest hope is that they share their lessons learned at ThurstonTalk with their interns in 18 years.Enjoy these first stories published by ThurstonTalk interns. Watch for photographs from Amelia Bottenmiller (Avanti High School) and articles from Eliza Ramsey (Capital High School).Keeping ‘Em Flying At Saint Martin’s University: Preparing For World War II by Jennifer Crooks, history major at Saint Martin’s UniversityOlympia Poetry Out Loud Competitors Perform With Passion, Accuracy by Kelly Miller, junior at Olympia High SchoolEvergreen’s Photoland: A Rare And Valuable Resource For Any Photographer by Ian Riise, junior at The Evergreen State CollegeEvergreen Student Drives Feature Film ‘The Passenger’ by Stefan Ellis, senior at The Evergreen State CollegeNo post about ThurstonTalk interns would be complete without the mention of Jake Luplow. A member of our writing team, Jake is a full-time student at South Puget Sound Community College and has been writing for ThurstonTalk for the past ten months, before we established a ‘formal’ internship program. Jake’s work has varied from stories about Lacey’s Huntamer Park to his beloved write-up on Russell Day. He tackles photography assignments as well and puts his heart into every story. I’m confident that’s going to play out well after SPSCC graduation.If you like our interns’ work, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at email@example.com. For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook13Tweet0Pin0