In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 5, 2013/ 2 Kislev, 5774

The College Interview Question

By Lenore Skenazy

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's a new skill that colleges are looking for in their applicants. Perhaps you've heard of it.

It's called talking.

At many colleges, the importance of the interview is creeping up, in part because speaking to another person — as opposed to "how r u? i'm gr8!" — is becoming an ever more artisanal skill. My friends and I keep joking that if you want to make a killing, offer a class for teens called "how to make a phone call."

Even the chattiest of us may experience a moment of hesitation before picking up the phone to initiate a conversation. But for kids, that activity is even more alien. They don't have any positive associations with phone calls the way we adults do from back in the day. In fact, I think my teenage sons' only association with phone calls is picking up because it's me. Not a buddy. Not a girlfriend. Not that fun.

So colleges are keen to hear what their applicants have to say in a one-on-one interview. Are they engaged? Engaging? And is the real kid anything like his essay, grades and scores?

"Kids are so much better-prepared than they had been in the past," says Eric Allen, founder of Admit Advantage, a college consulting business in Silver Springs, Md. They go to test prep for their exams, and many get help writing their college essays, too. They even know to beef up their extracurriculars. "When I was going to school, volunteering in and of itself was unique," recalls Allen. "Now you have to have saved several lives and traveled to Africa." And even that's getting trite!

Moreover, says Susanna Cerasuolo, a Seattle-based college counselor and founder of CollegeMapper, "recommendation letters can all start to sound the same." All that's left to differentiate one wonderful student from the next is what they're like in person.

Which is not to say the interview is the most important ingredient in an application — only that colleges understand the same thing employers do: It's a way to discover the person beyond the resume and numbers.

And colleges are worried about their own numbers, too. "Colleges really push for these interviews because they want to see, more than anything else, the fit," says Ibrahim Firat, president of Firat Educational Solutions in Houston. By "fit," he means whether a student will fit in on campus socially, academically and — to be blunt — realistically. College rankings are based in part on what percentage of the kids who get admitted end up matriculating. (At Harvard, for instance, the rate is 76 percent — second-highest in the country, after Brigham Young University.) No one wants to admit a kid who's ultimately going to go somewhere else. It makes the rejected college look like sloppy seconds.

So in interviews, as much as a college is finding out about a student's hopes, dreams and "Star Wars" bobblehead collection (I'm sure some of those kids make great college material), the interviewer also has to find out, "Is this one ready to bite?"

Ready or not, wise is the student who appears as eager for that college as a job applicant for that chicken plucking job: Sounds great! I hope I can be worthy. When can I start?

Of course, to sound that way, it's a good idea if the kid has had a conversation with some adult before the big day.

And by "conversation," I don't mean text.

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