Behind the Scenes

College Isn't Just About the Academics: The Cornell Experience

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Obviously, your first priority starting college is to figure out what classes you want to take so you can pick a major and prepare yourself for a career, or in some cases, grad-school. It's important to realize if you spend all your time working hard and never taking a break you might burn out. For that reason, it is a good idea to become involved in a variety of activities on campus and attend fun social events you hear about with your friends. Looking back on my first year of college- I was able to get involved in some pretty cool groups that made my experience much more enjoyable.

Here are a few things I was involved in on campus this past year that I would definitely recommend to incoming freshman who are looking for extracurriculars to broaden their horizons.

 

Sport Taekwondo

At Cornell you are required to take a Physical Education class, and I thought a martial arts class could be interesting, so I enrolled in the intermediate Taekwondo class. I found the class so much fun that I ended up joining the team and traveling to a few tournaments at other schools. While the time commitment was pretty large, joining a club sport team was a great way to blow off steam after a long week of classes, and also helped motivate me to keep in shape by going to practice at the end of the day, when I would otherwise have stayed in the dorm.

 

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As an engineer, I was interested in working on projects outside of class, and Cornell’s assortment of project teams allowed me to satisfy this desire. During our weekly general body meeting or weekend lab time, I was able to collaborate with other people interested in working in a similar field to prepare for competition, learn important technical skills from upperclassmen, and feel accomplished in applying my knowledge of math and science in a way that I felt mattered. You also get to bond with the members of your team during travel for regional or national competition, and they are often some of the most interesting people you meet at your time in college.

 

Zeta Psi

Going into college, I had no intentions of joining a social fraternity; in fact, I didn’t even show up to rush week until the very last night. The two-to-three events I attended, however, convinced me otherwise. While your friends from your dorm and classes will spend a lot of time with you, it is always nice to have a brotherhood of people you can turn to if you need a change of pace. Working together with a bunch of friends to have fun at college, organize philanthropy projects, and maintain a house together brings you closer to your peers than you would ever expect, and is an experience I would definitely recommend.

 

Alpha Chi Sigma

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In addition to social fraternities, professional fraternities are a good way to make connections within the student body at your school and to network for after college. In a professional fraternity you benefit both from the social aspects of a brotherhood and from the resume-building/academic advising of a pre-professional organization. As a prospective chemical engineer, having a group who shares my passion for science has helped me feel comfortable in my classes and has significantly reduced the amount of stress I experience when picking classes and studying for tests.

 

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Religious groups on campus are a good way to bond with people of a similar background and to maintain traditions you may have celebrated growing up now that you are away from home. IN addition to attending the occasional shabbat dinner, I took part in a pre-orientation program the week before school began that was organized by Hillel, and many of the people I met on this trip are still my close friends today. I enjoyed this experience so much I am even coming back to campus early this summer to help lead the trip for incoming freshman in the class of 2021!

 

Intramural Sports

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For those who are interested in competitive athletics, but who may not feel comfortable with the time commitment of a club or varsity sport, intramural sports are the perfect afternoon activity to unwind after classes. You can sign up with a group of friends to play once a week, and even have a rotation so that not everyone has to attend every game. Especially when the weather is nice, there is no better way to get a group of people together to run around and have a good time than the intramural program organized by your school. I took part in basketball, volleyball, and softball this past year, (sometimes with friends from my dorm, sometimes with fraternity brothers, sometimes on co-ed fraternity/sorority teams) and each of them was a blast!


Slope Day

Every week a new event will pop up on your Facebook feed that you will be interested in, but won’t find the time to go to. This past year I missed stand-up from Josh Peck and from John Mulaney, a live performance by Gucci Mane, and several other events that I wish I had gone to! The one major event I attended was Slope Day, an annual concert held on Libe Slope that features live music, carnival games, food, etc. Even though finals were coming up a few days after this event, I couldn’t be happier that I went because my friends and I had a great time taking a day off from work to hang out, catching up with people we hadn’t seen in awhile, and getting to listen to some artists we had never heard of before who turned out to be better than expected. Obviously you should balance work and play during your time at college, but if you manage your time properly, you will definitely have time to attend some of these events throughout the semester, and I can guarantee you won’t regret it.
 

LogicPrep Welcomes Eight New Instructors

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Gretchen trains new instructor Fausto at LogicPrep Miami

We are so excited to announce that our team of exceptional instructors is growing! Starting this month, we're welcoming EIGHT new instructors, and we'd like to introduce them to you.

 

Cosmo

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Cosmo graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in public policy and Latin American studies. At Chicago, he served on student government, competed with the Model UN team, and worked as a consultant for a number of local non-profits in the education sector. Fascinated by cities, he wrote his honors thesis on contemporary and historical approaches to urban planning in both Bolivia – his father's country of origin – and Brazil, where he studied abroad in 2017. When he's not trying to perfect his Portuguese, Cosmo enjoys going to the beach, riding his bike, and compulsively shopping for books.

 
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Eric graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science. During his time as an undergraduate, he explored the practical application of comparative politics with internships at non-profits in Argentina and Chile and at an embassy in France. Out of the various activities in which Eric participated, one of the most meaningful and engaging was his time as a tutor for a local middle school education program. This experience exposed him to the joy of teaching students and fostering their academic development.

 
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Fausto was born in Honduras but grew up in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy and a certificate in Journalism and Media. He studied abroad in Brazil and fell in love with Portuguese ever since. Upon graduating, Fausto worked at Duke's Office of Undergraduate Education managing programs that pushed students to explore their identities and values inside the classroom and beyond. He especially loved facilitating student-faculty connections.
Fausto enjoys singing, dancing, reading, NPR podcasts and binge watching Netflix crime documentaries.

 
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A native of Texas, Jacob graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Earth Science and a concentration in Urban Teaching. He split his time at Columbia between studying air pollution and teaching and found a way to combine those two passions in a thesis project on urban air quality and student achievement. After teaching science in Harlem, the Bronx, and Hartford, Jacob took his skills to the world of museum education, where he worked to bring science education and hands-on programming to students across North Texas. When he's not poring over practice questions, Jacob can be found in the kitchen, trying out a new recipe, or on the couch, tasting those recipes and bingeing on Netflix.

 
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Jacqueline graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Psychology and minors in Dance and Computer Science, completing two theses: a set of empirical psychological studies on mind-reading, and an original choreographic work, for which she also designed the soundscape. While at Princeton, she was actively immersed in the dance community and served as a tour guide for the admissions office. Jacqueline loves being able to use her backgrounds in both psychology and dance to better understand herself and those around her, and channels her passions for empathy, communication, and mentorship into helping students learn. When she isn’t at LogicPrep or working on her dance career, Jacqueline enjoys wandering bookstores, unpacking her mind into a journal, and baking vegan treats.

 
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Jake graduated from Dartmouth with a major in government and a minor in psychology focusing on decision-making processes. He wrote his honors thesis on international refugee governance policy. In Hanover, Jake was a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Dartmouth Law Journal, a Vice President of the International Business Council, a four-year tour guide for the Admissions Office and Historian for the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club. A strong believer in combining practical and theoretical education, Jake has explored his interest in international relations by living and working in places like Zagreb, Washington, D.C., and Rome.

 
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Born in Montevideo, Uruguay and raised across three continents, Nico K. is an educator and director now living in New York City. Nico graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University, where he created an independent concentration in Performance Studies, focusing on the ethics and politics of social performances across cultures. At Princeton, he was entrenched in all areas of the arts, making work across theatre, dance, music, creative writing, sculpture, and performance art, building a deep respect for well-roundedness and collaboration. He is also an avid swimmer, improviser, and tea-drinker. Nico has always loved to learn and to teach, working to develop confidence in students – no matter what their learning style might be – so they feel empowered to achieve their best.

 
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Originally from Los Angeles, Shadi is currently living in Miami where she's earning her Masters in Business Analytics. Shadi has many years of experience supporting students, and her favorite subject to teach is geometry. Shadi believes that math is all around us, even in nature! When she teaches, she likes to take the time to point out the real-world usefulness of every topic. In her free time, Shadi will take any chance she gets to be in the outdoors or listen to live music.

 

You're Invited: Jesse Kolber Foundation Launch Event & Silent Auction

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with The Jesse Kolber Foundation, named after the late Founder of LogicPrep, Jesse Kolber. 

We invite you to join us on May 31st for a launch event & silent auction.

If you are unable to attend the launch event but would like to make a donation, click here.

LogicPrep São Paulo Grand Re-Opening 2018 (PHOTOS!)

LogicPrep São Paulo has a new home!

We recently opened a brand new, expanded office and celebrated by having a Grand Re-Opening party! Enjoy photos from the celebration below!

LogicPrep Recognized as One of the "Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America"

LogicPrep earns a spot on Entrepreneur 360's list of "Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America" for the second year in a row! 

Thanks for making LogicPrep the wonderful community that it is.

LogicPrep Miami Grand Opening Celebration (PHOTOS!)

On Friday, February 23, 2018, we celebrated the Grand Opening of LogicPrep Miami! We already feel so fortunate to be working with so many amazing families in South Miami and look forward to being part of this great community!

Check out photos from the event below!

We've Expanded! LogicPrep São Paulo Has a New Address

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We moved this weekend! All future lessons will be held in our new, expanded space.

Rua Oscar Freire, 530 1º andar
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP
Brazil

Details on our grand re-opening party coming soon!

Where were you when you got into college?

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It's that time of year when all of the hard work pays off and high school Seniors lives' change forever.

In the 2016-2017 application cycle, 93% of LogicPrep students were accepted into one of their top three schools. We asked some alumni to share where they were when they got accepted into college. Watch their reactions below!

Looking forward to hearing our Seniors’ stories next week!

College Life: Myth vs. Fact

Coming out of high school, you likely have mixed impressions of what college is like.

From “everyone is cut-throat and studies really hard all the time,” to “it’s so much less intense than high school, people party every weekend,” anyone you ask will cast a different light on the college experience. You might think you’ve done your research, and you know what to expect, but in the likely event that you have some misconception of what it’s like to be a college student, this article should clear the air.


MYTH: College dorms are gross.

A lot of people like to say that “slumming it” is part of the college experience. From some of the things you hear, you might be half-expecting a cockroach-infested, poorly ventilated, really cramped little box with a bed that’s slightly-too-hard to be comfortable. This image is a bit exaggerated; of course, college dorms are no five-star hotel, but they’re definitely spacious and well-maintained enough where even people coming from nice homes shouldn’t feel too underwhelmed. You may have to slightly adjust your idea of a “nice” room, since you’re probably used to air conditioning, great lighting, a pretty view out of the window, etc. Not all college dorms will have overhead lighting (some just have desk lamps), many won’t have air conditioning, and your view may just be the side of the building next to yours, but you have your own bed, a desk, drawers for personal belongings, and a closet with hangers and shelves, as well as wall-hooks that allow you to make effective use of the space.

 

FACT: Your room is as nice as the effort you put into it.

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If you walk around a dorm building and inspect all of the rooms you pass by, you will notice a large variety in terms of how nice the rooms seem. This discrepancy isn’t due to the room actually being better or worse than the one next to it, since the rooms are essentially identical in a hallway. Instead, the rooms differ based on how the residents decorate them. Instead of air-conditioning, invest in a nice fan and your room won’t get unbearably hot or humid on those 80-90 degree days. If the overhead lighting in your room isn’t great, buy a nice floor lamp. You can always maximize your space by lofting your bed and storing anything you don’t use frequently underneath. Also, the walls of dorms are pretty bland, but if you decorate with posters, whiteboards, pictures, calendars, etc. you can add a sense of personality to the room. A microfridge for the room so you can stock up on ice cream and cold drinks can make you want to spend even more time in your room, and buying a cool chair (I personally recommend a net chair) can turn your room into the go-to hangout spot for your friends in the dorm. Don’t go overboard, though, because you shouldn’t be spending your life savings on a room you’ll only live in for a year or two. Check out your school’s dump-and-run sale at the beginning of the semester, find local stores with good prices, and turn your room into your personal getaway.


MYTH: People party every weekend… and sometimes weekdays.

I won’t lie to you, those people exist. The people who you sometimes think to yourself “do you ever attend classes/why do you go to school at all?” For some people, it’s possible to go out all of the time and still stay on top of their school work. For most people, however, going out is a treat for getting ahead on your work and earning some free time. There are a lot of factors that will also determine your social scene. Some people stay in their dorm all weekend, watch Netflix, play cards with some friends, and get a lot of sleep. Other people are running around campus going to random events, playing sports, checking out local shops or restaurants, etc. Depending on the size of Greek Life at your school, there could be parties every Friday and Saturday, or there could be a big party once every 2-3 weeks. Thursdays out are fairly common for people who party a lot, and occasionally Wednesdays for those who really party all of the time. At the end of the day, though, people don’t have unlimited energy, or unlimited resources to throw parties, and you can’t fail out of school if you want to maintain your college social life, so Sunday-Tuesday should be fairly quiet on most campuses most of the time. 

 

FACT: Most students work hard and play hard, they party when they don’t have work to do.

Sometimes, you just need to blow off some steam, and even the most academically-focused students will go to parties when they feel up to it. However, for the typical student, this is only when they feel that they have no pressing work to deal with. The same student could vehemently refuse to go out on Friday because they have a project due on Monday that they haven’t made that much progress on, but enthusiastically organize their whole group of friends to party on Saturday because they worked really hard on that project and feel on top of their work. Striking the perfect balance between socializing and studying (and sleeping) is what will allow you to have the most fun in the grand scheme of things, so find yourself some friends who have similar work habits and are fun to be around, and you should never feel that you are working too much or having fun too rarely. 


MYTH: Students stay up all night in the library and get 3-5 hours of sleep.

Students who are majoring in infamously difficult topics may seem like zombies if you see them walking back from the library at 2AM, or falling asleep in the middle of a lounge area with notebooks strewn all over a table. In reality, a lot of these students like to be a bit overdramatic with their work. What the person who stayed up until 4AM won’t tell you is that they didn’t start their work until 10:30 PM because they weren’t in the mood to, so they took a nap and watched some Netflix. Sometimes you really will get overwhelmed with work and have to sacrifice some sleep to make sure it gets done, but this doesn’t happen every day, or even every week. At college I’ve actually met more people who go to sleep before 10:00 PM than I did in high school (also, you probably wake up later for college classes than you did for high school). Students really like their sleep, and you might have 1 in 10-15 friends who actually stays up all night doing work and never sleeping.

FACT: Students who manage their time efficiently can still get their normal 6-8 hours of sleep.

If your classes end at 4:00 PM, you may be exhausted, so you should take 30 minute to rest and recuperate. If, however, you let that break last until you get back from dinner at 8:00 PM, that’s when you will start to enter dangerous territory. Some days you might not actually be able to start your work until after dinner because you have classes/clubs straight from 9-7. On other days, though, when you get out at 4, you should probably go to a library by 4:45 and try to get your work done for 1-2 classes before dinner. Sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself to keep going straight through for 12 hours, but it’s completely worth it when you finish all your work before 11:00 PM, can hang out with your friends for an hour, and still get a decent amount of sleep. In the 30 minute or 1 hour breaks you may have between classes, you may convince yourself that there’s not enough time to do work, so you’ll just save it for later. Even if you can just do the reading for an assignment, or go print something that you’ll need later, you’ll do yourself a favor to use every opportunity you can to prevent work from piling up at the end of the night. Remember that your future self isn’t another person, it’s just you in a couple of hours. Don’t dump all your work on your future self; split the job and it’s a lot easier in the long run.


MYTH: Communal bathrooms and kitchens are weird.

Except for your siblings, you may have never shared a bathroom with anyone. Your biggest worries are probably “People aren’t going to flush the toilet and it’s going to smell all of the time,” or "people aren’t going to wash the sinks after they brush their teeth or shave and they’ll always be clogged,” or worst of all, “someone is going to pull open my shower curtain without thinking”.  In terms of kitchens, you’re most likely used to the free-for-all with your family where everything is open to everyone, and you feel uncomfortable leaving something in the dorm kitchen for fear it will be stolen. These unfavorable scenarios rarely, if ever, actually happen in college dorms, because most other students are coming into the dorm with the same inhibitions as you. Some people will actually have poor hygiene and not be fun to share amenities with, but most people were raised with some manners. Also, at some schools, staff will clean the bathrooms, and resident advisors will make sure there are repercussions for people who leave dirty dishes in the sink all week, steal food, etc. 

 

FACT: Everyone is an adult in college, if you have good habits you likely won't have to deal with anything too gross.

You’re not living in the bathroom or the kitchen, so even if they’re not sparkly clean all of the time you shouldn’t have an issue. If anything, the biggest worry in the bathroom and kitchen is running out of paper towels because people clean so much (it happened nearly every week my freshman year). Keep your toothbrush in a holder, don’t leave your toiletries on the floor, put your name on your food, and respect other people’s belongings. Just because it’s a shared bathroom doesn’t mean all of the bathroom products everyone brings with them are also shared. If you always wash your hands, wear shower flip flops, make sure to eat off of your own clean plates and silverware, etc. then you have nothing to worry about from other people. The people you are sharing the kitchen with aren’t sloppy five-year-olds who’ve never washed a dish in their life and don’t clean up after themselves, they’re also adults who want to live in a dorm where the public areas are clean. 


MYTH: It’s hard to start making new friends after having the same friends for years.

Many school districts keep the same group of students together from K-12, so you’re used to seeing the same people every year on the first day of school, and coming back to mostly the same friends every year. The idea of getting tossed into a totally new pool of students whom you’ve never met before can seem intimidating at first since you can’t remember the last time you had to find a friend group from scratch. Firstly, you aren’t leaving your old friends behind, so you can still keep in touch with them while you figure out your new friend situation at college. Second, you’ve spent the last 12-13 years of your life developing the skills to socialize with people your age, so you are definitely prepared to go meet new people. People like to think they’re the only one coming into college without a lot of friends, and that most people are coming to college with a group of childhood friends that they’ll hang out with. The truth is 95% of people aren’t going to college with their close friends, and you’re not at any disadvantage compared to everyone else.

FACT: Everyone is excited to be in a new place away from home, and if you’re friendly, they usually will be too.

Colleges have orientation week for the sole purpose of integrating all of their new students into campus. There will be dozens of fun activities every day that hundreds of other students will attend, and since college is a self-selective process, you will probably have something in common with a lot of them. No one is bored during the first week of school. You just started an entirely new phase of your life and everyone is revving to go out and explore. You might meet people on a pre-orientation camping trip, you might meet them at a freshman waffle-making event hosted in one of the dining halls, you might meet them at a major-fair where students can see the types of research and projects that go on in their fields of potential interest. The point is, there are innumerable opportunities to meet new people. O-week is the one time where no one will find it weird for you to be extremely friendly out of the blue. You can knock on random people’s doors to meet people in your dorm, you can introduce yourself to strangers in the dining hall and have a meal with them, you can invite a passersby to join you for a board game or a party. As long as people get a friendly vibe from you, they’ll be willing to at least try to get to know you. You don’t have to become best friends with everyone you meet at the beginning of the year, but having a lot of acquaintances can help you join various friend groups for fun activities because you’ll have mutual friends with people all over campus.


Hopefully this article cleared up some of what you’ve heard about college. Take everything you hear about college with a grain of salt, because not every hyperbole applies to everyone, and you won’t know what the college experience is like until you try it yourself.

 

Alex W is a current college sophomore at Cornell University.

LogicPrep in Inc: To build or not to build your own software?

Thinking About Building Your Own Software? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions First

To build or not to build your own software? It's a question that many business owners face. Our Founder and CEO, Jesse, was just featured by Inc. talking about why LogicPrep eventually decided to use a bespoke solution. When we set out to design our own software, our goal was to create an agile product that reflects our teaching methodologies and processes and allows us to provide a consistent experience for our students and instructors alike.

However, after going through our own journey, is this the right choice for all companies? Maybe not. Jesse encourages business owners to ask themselves these three questions first:

  1. What business are you really in?
  2. Is there an off-the-shelf, third-party solution that would work?
  3. Does your software support scalability?

Be sure to read why these questions are important to consider by clicking the button below!