Newsletter, December 2017

JBG December 2017 Newsletter

In this edition.......

  • Common Application 2017-2018 Essay Prompts
  • JBG offers Neuropsychological testing and evaluation
  • Rachel Horwitz takes on a new role at JBG!
  • Student of the month - Will Coyne
  • Article - How to nail the interview
  • Article - Social Media Deconstructed and Destructive
  • Article - Feng Shui Tips For Your Dorm Room
  • School of the month -  Charles River School
  • College of the month - Vanderbilt University
  • Like us on Facebook! Search for "JBG Educational Group." We have a new logo!


Common Application 2017-2018 Essay Prompts

Review the essay prompts for 2017-2018. 
Click here for 2017-2018 college essay prompts

JBG offers Neuropsychological testing and evaluation

JBG Educational Group serves as an educational diagnostic center for students of all ages. If your son or daughter is struggling to find academic success and/or often has trouble in school, we can help. We are able to administer the tests, or if you have had your child tested elsewhere, we can meet with you to explain the test results. We can also help you to understand your child's learning profile and discuss a plan of action. 
For a list of testing services that we provide, please refer to:
Call us at 508-242-5197 for more information. 


Tutor of the Month
Rachel Horwitz
Manager of Marketing and Scholastic Achievement

We’re pleased to announce, Rachel Horwitz, one of our devoted tutors, has been promoted to also offer her creativity as our Manager of Marketing and Scholastic Achievement. Rachel attended The University of Rhode Island where she obtained her BA in English Language and Literature. She believes her greatest discovery was realizing there’s something new to learn every day! Rachel has put that passion for learning to work by helping JBG students achieve their academic potential in many school courses and on the SAT and ACT. She also offers this enthusiasm while assisting students in developing their college essays and other writing-based assignments. We look forward to all the ways she can help JBG grow!


Student of the Month
Will Coyne

A senior at St. Sebastians, Will Coyne excels in academics while enjoying sports and many other interests. Will’s pursuits vary from golf and track, to Robotics, finance, and Harvard Model Congress. Outside of school, Will owns his own car detailing and lawn service businesses.
Will embarked on a significant initiative this past summer when he and his father decided to create an organization that would provide natural disaster victims, first responders, and volunteers with a hearty breakfast. Will founded "Operation Breakfast," fundraised to support the initiative, rented a pickup truck, packed it with equipment needed to prepare and serve breakfast, and set off with his father to travel across the country to help where they could.

The Coynes traveled to areas in Missouri ravaged by flood and to Utah where forest fires were taking a toll on communities. They met many wonderful people who were very appreciative of the gift of a hot, filling meal as they began another day of working to help those devastated by damage in their communities. It was a rewarding experience for Will and he hopes to continue Operation Breakfast closer to home. 

As Will thinks about the next chapters of his life, we’re sure that he’ll continue to pursue new areas of interest, help others, and inspire all he meets to do the same.

Visit the Operation Breakfast web site to learn more.


How to Nail the Interview

Interviewing can be nerve-wracking, but with a little preparation and practice, you'll be a pro. You may be interested in applying for a job or internship while in high school. Or, you're preparing to visit a college and interview at the admissions office. Here are a few things to think about as you prepare for how you'd like to come across. 

1. Attire
For a college interview, wear an outfit that is conservative and professional. Make sure that you look clean and put together. For a job interview, wear clothing that's appropriate for that job, but even if the dress code is casual, make sure that you look nice. It adds to the hiring manager's perception of your reliability. 

2. Research
Whether the interview is for a job or university, it is vital to conduct research to show a basic understanding of the organization. For a job interview, know what the business does and, if appropriate, find out about recent initiatives or changes in the organization. For a school, research what the school touts as their strengths and be familiar with majors or programs that may be of interest to you. Showing that you have taken the time to learn more about the school or business will help you to come across as prepared and interested. 

3. Questions
Often, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Demonstrate the research that you have done with your questions. For example, I read that you recently expanded your psychology department, adding more courses. I'm very interested in studying psychology. What drove the decision to grow the department? Having thoughtful questions will show that you are specifically interested in this school or job and have done your research. 

4. Body Language
Body language is a crucial part of a successful interview. Think about your body language before you meet the admissions officer or hiring manager. Make sure that you're a few minutes early to the interview, walk in calmly and with confidence. Always be nice to the person who greets you. While waiting in the waiting area, don't take out your phone to pass the time. When your interviewer comes out to greet you, look her in the eye, smile, and shake her hand. During the interview, sit up straight, but feel relaxed, and look your interviewer in the eye while talking with her. When the interview is over, shake her hand and thank her for taking the time to talk with you.

5. Confidence
Last but not least, be confident! It is normal to be nervous, but don't let it stifle your personality. Be engaged and interested, knowing the strengths that you want to communicate. An interview can make or break your chances. Good luck!


Social Media Deconstructed and Destructive
by Shany Erkin

I keep all my social media in a folder labeled "DON'T OPEN" on my phone. Teenagers, myself included, have more complicated roles in society than ever before. The new form of expression and communication has been made accessible and easy-to-use.
In fact, experts worry about how much social media is promoting anxiety and lowering self-esteem in developing young minds. Before everyone had social accounts, teens kept themselves busy in other ways, such as talking on the phone or being active outdoors and in the community. It may have looked like a lot of aimless hanging around, but they were experimenting, developing skills, succeeding, and failing. Today, teens do not have as much unplugged down time.

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and author of The Big Disconnect says, "There’s no question kids are missing out on very critical social skills. In a way, texting and online communicating—it’s not like it creates a nonverbal learning disability, but it puts everybody in a nonverbal disabled context, where body language, facial expression, and even the smallest kinds of vocal reactions are rendered invisible." The other big danger that comes from teenagers communicating indirectly is that it has gotten easier to be cruel, intentionally or not.

Many high school and college students fall victim to misleading texts, tweets, or even Facebook posts. The simple manipulation of a post on Facebook can unintentionally affect others negatively. Someone can grow jealous over seeing multiple posts that people display of lavish vacations or simply updating a relationship status online - there is no way of statistically proving how jealous teens are getting or who is manipulating social media for their own bias, but the communication breakdown is what is causing these issues.

There were incidents of suicide and anxiety before the creation of the internet and social media, but is arguably more prevalent in our current society, and seemingly most affected are teenagers. Both teens and adults can benefit from taking time away from social media, spending time with good friends and exploring new interests.


Feng Shui Tips For Your Dorm Room

Feng shui is about improving the flow of energy through your living space, so your small, crowded dorm room might benefit from this advice. From the way you arrange your desk to where you position your bed, use feng shui to create a calm, productive living space.

1. Nature. Have live plants in your room, but throw them out if they die. Or, decorate with pictures of nature or elements of nature such as branches, flowers, and plants. 

2. Lighting. If your room is equipped with florescent lights, then you know they are harsh. They also can reduce chi, so use natural lighting or other types of indoor lighting instead.

3. Clutter. Having a messy room prevents the flow of chi and makes you stressed. Pick up dirty clothes, keep books and papers stacked neatly or filed away, and make your bed each morning. If your space feels too small for all your stuff, try using storage containers and organizational units.

4. Sleep. Place your headboard against a sturdy wall. Don't place the foot of your bed directly facing the door. If you can't move your bed, then place something between the bed and the door. Try to keep your computer away from where you put your head to sleep.

5. Desk. Sit at your desk so that your back is to the wall. This provides symbolic support as you study. When sitting at your desk, face the door. If you can’t do this, put a mirror in front of you so you can see the door.

Be creative with your space. It's going to be home for a while!

Private School of the Month
Charles River

Founded in 1911 by the banks of the Charles River, CRS is a thriving community of learners whose energy and joy is palpable on campus. The school’s devotion to academics, moral development, and innovation in education can easily be seen in the students’ love for learning. Always leaning ahead of the curve, CRS continues to encourage critical thinking and cultural competency as keys to educate the whole child. Through individualized student nurturing, they foster independence, help students better understand their intellectual strengths, and wholeheartedly believe in everyone’s ability to succeed - both academically and socially. To achieve these goals, CRS partners with parents and children to embrace the challenges of the future. After more than a century of educating children, CRS offers challenging academic programs that differentiate it from other institutions by teaching crucial skills, through an intellectually and culturally rich learning environment. On their decidedly modern campus, a thriving, vibrant community carries on the academic tradition of their innovative founders.

We are Growing and are hiring tutors!

Do you know someone who is talented, motivating, and would be a great addition to the JBG family?
Spread the word!

We are hiring academic, essay, and SAT preparation tutors!

JBG is looking for an intern!

Do you want an opportunity to learn, work, and gain a valuable experience? JBG is looking for a high school intern. Responsibilities will include: organizing files, writing and composing monthly newsletters, and managing social media accounts. The internship would be once a week, for 2-3 hours depending on the student's schedule. This job looks great on college applications and resumes, and will give you valuable experience for future jobs. 

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College of the Month
Vanderbilt University
From the outset, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee defied the expectations of what it meant to be a university by offering work in the liberal arts and sciences as well as embracing several professional schools of study. The original Vanderbilt campus consisted of 75 acres, but has since spread to over 300 acres. Vanderbilt has always excelled in research and over years has also made great strides in diversity, volunteerism and technology. Over the years Vanderbilt has seen growth and expansion of the resources on campus in addition to the courses it offers students. Today, Vanderbilt University is a private research school of about 6,500 undergraduates and 5,300 graduate and professional students. The university comprises 10 schools, a public policy center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The university is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top 20 universities by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, with several programs and disciplines ranking in the top 10. Cutting-edge research and liberal arts creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers work to solve complex questions affecting our world.
Give the Gift of Tutoring
Do you know someone who could use help in school, whether it is for standardized tests, college applications, or overall in academics? Now you can buy 5 tutoring sessions for someone, and get one free for yourself!

Quote of the Month:
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."
- Babe Ruth



Best wishes for a joyful holiday season from all of us at JBG.
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