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:: By Hana Yoo, ’07

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A smattering of student opinion about the College in Students’ Guide to Colleges: The Definitive Guide to America’s Top 100 Schools (Penguin Books) generally displayed fierce pride in the school. “I hated high school with an abiding passion; here my school spirit is so great that I often explode with random expressions of joy,” one junior wrote….

Here’s hoping the Class of 2009 feels the same way. Community service was the 1,231 first-years’ most popular extracurricular, according to the admissions office—65 percent volunteered—followed by music, varsity athletics, and editorial activities. Their extracurriculars didn’t hurt their academics; close to 70 percent had combined SATs of 1400 or more, and 91 percent from schools with class rank graduated in the top fifth of their class….

A summer poring over old documents may not be every student’s cup of tea, but for history major Robin Wolfe Scheffler, ’07, one of 15 U.S. undergrads the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History selected from more than 300 applicants, it was an honor. Scheffler spent six weeks at Columbia perusing 30 letters penned by a southern Louisiana family, the Nugents, between 1860 and 1868. He was the first person ever to study the letters….

In keeping with national trends, 24 percent of Chicago’s class of 2005 graduated with a degree in economics. Economics has exploded in popularity in recent years, the Wall Street Journal reported, with U.S. colleges and universities conferring 16,141 economics degrees in the 2003–04 academic year, up 40 percent from five years earlier. The July 5 article attributed the upswing to a desire for financial security in an uncertain global economy….

Human development major Sonia Wang and psychology major Kandice Washington, both ’06, who plan to enter a traditionally nonlucrative career, public-school teaching, were among 25 college juniors nationwide to receive a $22,100 Rockefeller Brothers Fund 2005 Fellowship for Students of Color Entering the Teaching Profession, given over five years.