It had always been an aspiration of mine to go to an Ivy League school. While Texas A&M isn’t considered an Ivy Leaguer, it sure is making its way up the rankings, beating out Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton. Way to go, Aggieland!
Texas A&M Among Top Three Universities In Rankings That Emphasize Service To The Nation
Texas A&M is rated as one of the top three universities in the nation in the 2013 poll announced today (Tuesday) by Washington Monthly, which puts special emphasis on service to the nation.
Also, Texas A&M fares well in the publication’s new ”Best Bang for the Buck” category, which links affordability with quality of education offered by the nation’s colleges and universities.
The Washington D.C.-based magazine ranks Texas A&M third nationally and first in Texas and among Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools in its overall ratings. Texas A&M has consistently ranked among the leaders ever since the publication began its annual survey.
The University of California-San Diego, which had topped the list for the past two years, again is ranked first, followed by the University of California-Riverside.
“We rate schools based on what they are doing for the country — on whether they’re improving social mobility, producing research and promoting public service,” notes Daniel Luzer, the Washington Monthly staffer who wrote the article announcing the 2013 rankings, adding that the magazine’s survey is meant to be an alternative to ranking based on such factors as wealth and exclusivity.
The “Best Bang for the Buck” category focuses on “schools that do the best job helping non-rich students earn marketable degrees at affordable prices,” Luzer explains. Texas A&M ranks 11th on that list and is the only Texas school included among the top 25.
Texas A&M is the only college to rank prominently — among the top dozen — on both lists.
The Washington Monthly rankings are the second non-conventional listings this month in which Texas A&M has been rated high nationally. Sierra magazine, which is published by the environmentally oriented Sierra Club, listed Texas A&M as a “cool school,” based on its achievements in energy and water conservation and for engaging students in sustainability initiatives.
Also, Texas A&M traditionally fares well nationally in the more traditional ratings based on academics and affordability, university officials note.
Other institutions that ranked among the top 10 in the Washington Monthly are (in order) Case Western Reserve, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Texas at El Paso, Harvard, Georgia Tech and University of California-Los Angeles.
To view the magazine overall rankings and related information, click here.
I could spend hours in Anthropologie. More specifically, their home section. I’ve always wanted to fill my apartment (namely my kitchen) with items from this vintage-esque store. There’s just something about it I can’t describe. Maybe it’s the wooden floors, maybe it’s the sweet smell of candles, or maybe it’s just the way it makes me feel. Whatever it is, I love it and can’t get enough. A girl can dream, right?
Finally, fall is upon us! This is the season I look forward to every single year. Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes… this sounds like a rendition of my previous posts, but what can I say? I just can’t get enough! Time for a UO wishlist.
Let me be the first to apologize for being totally and completely absent for 2 whole months. Not that it’s an excuse, but my work schedule blew up in my face. I’ve literally traveled three weeks out of the month for 2 months in a row, and by the end of it, I didn’t want to be anywhere near a computer. I didn’t even feel like talking to anyone. I just wanted to sit in silence, by myself, reflecting. And sleeping.
One thing I wish I had done during my two months of traveling was journal my experiences. This blog has been a means for me to capture my experiences and I now realize that without it, I’ve failed to capture two of the most exciting months of my life. In March, I was in North Carolina and Switzerland. In April, I was in North Carolina and California… and beginning tomorrow, I will be on a plane to SPAIN!
I’ve made a promise to myself to journal my upcoming experiences… Barcelona, Paris, Brazil. Because who wouldn’t want to be able to look back on reflections at each of these incredible destinations? I do take plenty of photos via instagram, but photos only do so much. I need to write as well. That way, I can look back at the entire shebang, both visually and emotionally.
So, here’s to me and my story. And here’s to YOU, my lovely readers, for taking the time to read about it!
It appeared that the cold weather had left for good in Houston, but boy were we wrong. Rain, thunderstorms, and chilly breezes have swept this town faster than lightening itself. In an effort to preserve my heels, I’ve been opting for booties lately. Luckily, I’ll be out in the field in California for the next two weeks, so this attire is completely acceptable. Now if only I can find time in my busy schedule to get to Steve Madden…
Spring is in the air and we all know what that means. Wedding season is right around the corner. I feel so honored and blessed to have been asked to be a bridesmaid in one of my coworker’s weddings. We’ve only known each other for 6 months, but we’ve become very fast friends. Some people just click, you know?
With that in mind, I’ve been hounding stores and boutiques at the mall and scouring the internet for dresses for the upcoming events, including the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner. Lo and behold, I found everything in one stop. Nasty Gal is my go-to. I’ve come to terms with the fact that it probably always will be.
1. White & Neon Green Pop Crochet Dress ($48)
2. Black Lunar Cutout Dress ($31)
3. Mint Sweet Slice Dress ($48)
Another skincare line I was reintroduced to while I was home for the winter is philosophy. Since it’s after the holidays, they’re having a huge 50% off sale. Time to stock up on some old favorites!
While I was home for Christmas, my sister introduced me to what is now one of my favorite cosmetic/skincare brands: Soap & Glory. I had seen their products floating around Sephora before, but had never tried any out. She bought their hand cream (cleverly named Hand Food) as a stocking stuffer for yours truly. The minute I tried it, I was hooked. I usually hate having any sort of lotion or cream on my hands, but this one doesn’t feel greasy. At all. And it smells ahhh-mazing. I even tried opening a jar of pickles after using it and had no problem whatsoever. To say I’m obsessed is an understatement.
I’m hoping to try out more of their products in the near future. Here are a few that have caught my eye: