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April 27, 2010
By Jared Hakimi, Gap Year Recruitment Coordinator
An increasing number of colleges and universities are offering second-semester acceptances to some of their applicants, a result of record-breaking numbers of applicants and shrinking budgets. Spring acceptances allow schools to balance the number of new admittees with those students that graduate early or transfer out mid-year.
There aren’t official statistics about how many second-semester acceptances universities issued this application season, but the trend seems to be spreading through a number of colleges and universities. 
Even the University of Southern California in Los Angeles admitted 700 incoming freshman for the Spring semester. If you were...
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April 14, 2010
By a Masa Israel participant studying at the University of Haifa
I never thought I could love one place so much.
I can't even fully explain what it is like living here. I know it. I feel it. It’s pleasant like fine sand between my fingers, but when I try to describe it, it slips through my hand.
It's because each grain of sand is like a memory. Each moment like a miniscule rock is so small that it would be impossible to describe them all. They are the mundane things, like walking to class every morning, watching the different people get on the bus as I ride to Mercaz Carmel. Every successful transaction in Hebrew, every failure to communicate, every night watching the lights of the city glitter in the haze, every fresh rain-washed morning. Each one is small and precious, together making up the...
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March 28, 2010
As you read the Haggadah on your Kindle, think about the 10 plagues you should avoid this Passover:
  1. Water turning to blood, or when the balance in your bank account drops from seriously depressing to EMPTY
  2. Frogs, or the desperately awkward singles you seem to meet at every party you go to
  3. Gnats and lice, or everyone (and their mother, including yours) who asks you what you’re doing with your life
  4. Flies, or the 10,000 resumes sitting on top of yours in the pile
  5. Livestock Disease, or definitely not a good thing to come down with when you don’t have health insurance
  6. Boils, …well...
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