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Choosing College: Finding A Good Fit

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela, a global statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner who recently passed away. So true. The importance of education cannot be stressed enough and now, more than ever, there’s a need to go to college.

 

The process of choosing a college can be intimidating. College, for many, is the place to discover one’s self and figure out what you’re going to possibly do for the rest of your life. It’s a place to gain new knowledge and expand your mind—if you haven’t already lost it trying to choose where to attend. 

 

Nicole Silva, a senior at Mineola High School, is busy putting the pieces together in the college preparation jigsaw puzzle. “Because I already know what I’d like to do in my future, it was necessary for me to see if forensic science was a major that was offered. I don’t

want to be wasting my time and money on a school that wouldn’t help me for my future."

 

Felice Kobrick, of Kobrick College Consulting, LLC,  in Roslyn, agrees with Silva. Kobrick feels that if you know what you want, go for it.

 

“If you know in advance that you absolutely want to pursue a certain profession, then you should target schools that offer a major that you’re interested in,” she said. “If you have your eyes set on a college that is not only perfect for your profession but for you as an individual as well, then definitely pitch for it.” 

 

While shortlisting colleges and going through the grueling process, Mineola senior Matthew Diaz had “class size” among his top considerations. He wants smaller class sizes, for a one-on-one feel with his instructors.

 

“Small class sizes are important to me, as I truly believe that the smaller the class is, the more personal interaction the teacher can have with students, and that can be more beneficial to me in acquiring knowledge and skills,” Diaz said.

 

While Kobrick feels a student needs guidance when choosing a college, they know what’s best for their future.

 

“They may thrive in an atmosphere with few students and one instructor or a big lecture hall with five times as many kids,” she said. “Students should look into everything that is important to them, and if size is a consideration, then it should absolutely be a factor to review when applying and where they ultimately would like to go.”

 

For Emily Abrams, a junior in Mineola, there was excitement and apprehension when she started looking at colleges. She was overjoyed at the prospect of attending a top-tier university, but proximity to home is important.

 

“I like the idea of being close to home, but not too close—college is about learning to survive in the real world,” she said. “However, I know I will never want to live miles away from my family so I’m attracted to colleges along the East Coast.”

 

For many students, like Abrams, location tops their list of what they consider while applying. Dr. Ira K. Wolf, author of several leading books on test preparation and  also founder and president of PowerPrep, Inc., a test prep business based in Roslyn Heights, thinks “students should apply to schools based on their interests and needs. I think a worst thing a student can do is apply to a college because it has a good reputation or because you think it has a high ranking.” 

News

Road improvement and storm preparation dominated the discussion of the Village of Mineola’s preliminary 2014-15 budget released last week. The proposed budget totals $19.33 million, a 1.38 percent increase from last year.

The tentative budget also represents a .34 percent tax increase from last year, when Mineola’s tax bump was .74 percent.

 

The village has budgeted almost $1 million for road and curb upgrades, Mayor Scott Strauss estimated. The road maintenance line in the budget received an $80,000 to increase to $580,000.

An April 7 fire in a second-floor apartment at 98 Mineola Blvd.—which also houses Wong’s Noodle House—was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, Mineola officials revealed last week.

 

According to Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen, the building owner, 104 Mineola Blvd. LLC, did not have the required permits to do plumbing work on file. Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, could not be reached for comment. The building department is notifying Matias and his workers, both of who will appear before the village court some time in May.

 

The Mineola Fire Department received the call at noon and rushed to the scene. “The fire didn’t spread far,” MFD Chief Jeff Clark said. “Luckily no one was hurt.”


Sports

FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.

 

Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Calendar

Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com