Great Story… However (Not Hating, Just Saying)

This is a cool story about a student who turned his own search for scholarships and his personal quest to fund his own education into an app that would help others. Great. Story.

On the other hand, as you read into the linked report, you see what one can only assume are quotes from the student/app developer that beg a couple of questions. some of the quoted text:

“That’s scholarships that don’t necessarily look at GPA”

Let us dissect a bit. “That’s” is a contraction of the words “that” and “is” so the un-contracted sentence would read, “That is scholarships that don’t…” I’m not trying to be a hater, I’m simply pointing out that this student might not have put all those scholarships he found to very good use if this is his conceptualization of appropriate grammar. And I know I’m guilty of the more-than-occasional typographical error, so I am not the “pot” in this scenario, calling the “kettle” black. I’m pointing out that it takes very little to be discredited. It would be a real shame if some simply dismiss this wonderful tool for students because the developer did not appropriately self-edit, knowing that his audience was going to contain more than one “academic.” 

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About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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