Choosing Another Path: A Freshman Transfer Student's Story

Posted By Suzanne Weiss On May 15, 2015

Paige Owen grew up in Mishicot, WI, twenty minutes away from Silver Lake College, but it wasn’t until much later that she decided to attend the school.

In fact, Owen began her freshman year of college at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin to study music. After having been involved at Lawrence’s music program in high school via their high school honor band, private lessons, and band camp, applying to Lawrence seemed like the logical next step.

And when Owen was accepted into the program, it was a no-brainer; Lawrence’s prestige was a big draw.

“If you get into Lawrence, you go to...

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Topics: Music, Transfer students, Interview

Top 10 Things to Love about Silver Lake College

Posted By Benjamin Wideman On May 08, 2015

What do we love about Silver Lake? As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to share with you a little bit of our Lakers pride.

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Nurse in Training: One Student's Journey to Nursing School

Posted By Benjamin Wideman On April 24, 2015

Silver Lake College freshman Shamir Jackson isn’t the first in her family to attend college.

However, she is determined to be the first to graduate with a four-year degree.

The 19-year-old nursing major from Milwaukee is a recipient of a number of grants, including a $2,900 Wisconsin Tuition Grant and a $1,000 Wisconsin Talent Grant.

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Topics: Nursing

5 Things to Do on Your Campus Visit

Posted By Benjamin Wideman On March 27, 2015

Visiting the colleges you’ve applied to is an important step in the college application process — nothing can give you an inside look at a school quite like walking around campus, meeting students, and learning about its facilities.

Here are five things to do once you get to campus for your visit:

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Topics: College application process, Campus visits

Why Franciscan Values Matter for Higher Education

Posted By Jamie Grant On March 20, 2015

Some studies point toward how many students lose the religion they were raised in during college. Others say that, thanks to campus ministry programs and other efforts, students emerge with stronger faith. Regardless of which of these is the case more often, one thing is sure: college is perhaps the most formative time in a young person’s life.

With that in mind, it’s important to choose a school dedicated to forming students to be moral, contributing citizens after graduation. Values matter. So if you are a college-bound high school student (or a parent of one), consider the values of the...

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known about Choosing a College

Posted By Suzanne Weiss On March 13, 2015


If I could re-do my college selection process, I’d approach it differently.

Since I was the first one in my family to attend college, my parents didn’t know how to help me and didn’t get involved in the selection process. We never toured colleges, discussed choices, or researched alternatives. I was unsure about my career path.

I ended up choosing the least expensive option, since no one talked to me about scholarships or loans. My freshman and sophomore years were difficult, and I felt lonely and lost.

Luckily, I “found myself” during my junior year, changed majors and got to know a...

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Topics: Insider, College application process

5 Questions and Answers about the Kodaly Approach to Music Education

Posted By Rachel Ware Carlton On March 07, 2015

Each summer, students from around the world attend the Summer Music Session at Silver Lake to pursue their Kodaly Certificate. However, some educators and musicians may have never heard of the Kodaly approach.

My name is Rachel Ware Carlton, and I’m the Director of Graduate Music at Silver Lake College. Here I’ve answered five questions people new to Kodaly commonly have about the method.

What makes the Kodaly approach different from other forms of music education?

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Topics: Music, Kodaly Approach

Small College or Big University? 10 Questions to Help You Decide

Posted By Rachel Ware Carlton On February 18, 2015

I attended a large university where classes were often held in big auditoriums, and I found it hard to connect with my instructors and classmates. It was difficult for me to meet new people and make friends.

Truth be told, I had a tough time during my freshman and sophomore years. If I’d thought about how college size would impact my experience before I went off to school, I might have made a different choice.

One of the first decisions you will make when you select a college is whether you prefer a small college or a larger university. Everyone is different! Different personalities and...

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Topics: College application process

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.