Why Campus Visits Are Still Important

Posted by Benjamin Wideman on 10/19/16 9:32 AM

The classic Reuben is a deli sandwich, served hot. It’s comprised of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing all packed between two slices of grilled rye bread. (And, it’s delicious.)

But knowing the ingredients and hearing that it’s a tasty sandwich don’t give you an accurate experience of the hot, grilled and crunchy sandwich on your taste buds. Maybe you won’t like it. Maybe you will.

Similarly, you can hear all about the various “ingredients” available at a particular college. But you’ll miss out on the true flavor unless you visit for yourself.

Here are four reasons why you should take advantage of a campus visit to the college of your interest.

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Topics: Campus visits

The 5 Principles of a Work College Model

Posted by Jamie Grant on 10/7/16 1:00 PM

We live in a time when far too many students graduate with four-year degrees only to struggle in finding or keeping a job. Sometimes we can blame location and lack of employment opportunities, but oftentimes these graduates have a significant lack of work experience.

A work college is designed to equip students with practical, applicable professional skills. This model requires students to participate in a work-learning-service program, which enables students to graduate in good financial standing (money earned is applied directly toward tuition cost), as well as with valuable work experience that enables them to transfer their skills to any position.

Here are five principles of a work college model and how they can prepare you for success upon graduation.

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Topics: Work College Model, SLC Works

7 Careers for Art Majors

Posted by Jamie Grant on 9/15/16 10:35 AM

Some things about college can be overwhelming: deciding which college to attend, and what major is going to best fit your needs and prepare you for a career after graduation.

One common misconception of an undergraduate degree in art is that it’s difficult to secure a job upon graduation. But that’s not necessarily the case: check out these seven careers for those with a bachelor’s degree in art.

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Topics: Art

RN vs. BSN: How to Make the Right Decision for Your Nursing Career

Posted by Brianna Neuser on 9/8/16 10:30 AM

Two Kinds of Settlers 

Imagine two settlers in the early American West. One settler decides that he’ll be satisfied with a simple life at the foothills of a mountain. The second settler chooses to venture onward up the mountain. He wants a grander view of the plains below, and he has the stamina to get there.

Now scratch the settler thing. Settler Number 1 is like a nurse with an ADN (Associate’s Degree in Nursing) and Settler Number 2 is like a nurse with a BSN (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing).

Neither path is inherently superior; it just depends on what you want with regards to your career.

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Topics: Nursing

An International Student's Map Through the TOEFL iBT

Posted by Benjamin Wideman on 9/1/16 10:30 AM

Attending college in the U.S. holds a variety of educational opportunities — flexibility in coursework, cutting-edge technology, opportunities for research, campus life experience, and diversity.

If this appeals to you and you’re looking to apply to study in the U.S., then you’re aware that you have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT in order to apply to colleges in the U.S. However, you may not know what that entails.

Here is what you need to know about the TOEFL iBT.

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Topics: International Students

From Honduras to Manitowoc: A Soccer Player’s Journey to Silver Lake College

Posted by Jamie Grant on 8/25/16 10:30 AM

Coming from Honduras to the U.S., Frederman Mendoza, also known as Freddy, was faced with different challenges than your average high school student applying to college: language barriers, culture shock, both social and academic adjustment, to name a few.

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Topics: Student Stories

Free Resource: Applying to College as an International Student

Posted by Jamie Grant on 8/18/16 10:30 AM

Applying to college is difficult enough without adding thousands of miles between you and your intended program. But attending an academic program in the U.S. holds a variety of educational opportunities — flexibility in coursework, cutting-edge technology, opportunities for research, campus-life experience, and diversity.

For many, the application process is both long and hard. We've created this eBook to help make it easier for you — Applying to College as an International Student -  click here to download this free resource to guide you through the international student college application process.

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Topics: College application process, College Search, International Students

Silver Lake College’s Tipoff: Membership in the NAIA League

Posted by Suzanne Weiss on 7/7/16 10:30 AM

As of July 1, 2016, Silver Lake College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The NAIA, headquartered in Kansas City, MO, is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. While many athletics programs exist for the purpose of generating revenue, the NAIA prioritizes student athletes and supports their holistic education — as athletes, students, and men and women of character. Rather than pressuring athletes to let sports take over their lives, the NAIA ideology encourages “proper balance with the overall college educational experience.” 

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Topics: Athletics News, Athletic Events

How Military Benefits Helped This Couple Through College

Posted by Suzanne Weiss on 6/9/16 12:00 PM

Silver Lake College students Jason Ebert and Laura Rozeboom met while they were in the military. After becoming engaged, they decided to take advantage of their military education benefits to pursue their college degrees together.

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Topics: FInancial Aid

Why You Should Consider Nursing School in Wisconsin

Posted by Ryan Roberts on 5/26/16 10:30 AM

Are you interested in the field of health care? Are you also interested in helping people? If the answer to both these questions is an emphatic “yes,” then pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing might be the right course of action for you.

Consider the following research regarding opportunities and benefits of participating in a nursing program, along with why there is a significant need in Wisconsin for registered nurses.

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Topics: Nursing

About This Blog

Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 

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