Archive for October, 2009


John Quincy Adams

October 11, 2009

Homeschooled by his gifted mother and tutored by his distinguished father at the time of the American Revolution, this teen was already an experienced foreign diplomat at age 19!

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams was the oldest of John and Abigail Adams’ five children. His middle name “Quincy” came from Abigail’s maternal grandfather, Colonel John Quincy, after whom Quincy, Massachusetts is also named. John Quincy was born on July 11, 1767, in the house next to where his father had been born.

The American Revolution began when John Quincy was eight years old. While his father was gone away to Congress, he and his mother watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from a nearby field. It was she who primarily instilled in John Quincy his strong Christian ideals. “So well did his mother commit the Bible to his heart that it became for him a compass and anchor in a long life of service.”

John Quincy was a serious and studious child who “received his education principally by instruction from his distinguished father and gifted mother.” At age 11, he accompanied his father on a diplomatic mission to France. On their voyage they survived violent storms and a battle with a British ship, only to be shipwrecked off the coast of Spain. From there they rode to Paris on mules, a distance of 1,000 miles over the Pyrenees Mountains, a journey which took three months.

As secretary to his father in Europe, John Quincy gained broad knowledge from study and travel. Under the close tutelage of his father, he learned six modern languages as well as Latin and Greek. In addition to being an accomplished linguist, John Quincy was a prolific diarist who often kept multiple diaries simultaneously, filling fifty-one volumes over sixty-nine years (amounting to nearly 15,000 pages). These diaries give a unique picture of the personalities and politics of the times. When he was just 14, John Quincy was chosen as an aide to the first U.S. diplomat to Russia. At the end of the American Revolution, he went with his father to the peace treaty conference between the United States and Great Britain.

John Quincy was already an experienced traveler and diplomat, well informed about many cultures and topics of debate, by the time he arrived back home and entered Harvard College at age 19. As a scholar he was well versed in classical languages, history, and mathematics; he was also an excellent writer of both prose and poetry, and a fine speaker. Upon graduating, he began to practice law in Massachusetts and considered being a Harvard professor, although he preferred politics. It seems that John Quincy Adams was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps.

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Lewis & Clark College

October 11, 2009

Lewis & Clark College is a private, independent, coeducational liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. It was founded in 1867 as the Albany Collegiate Institute by Willamette Valley Presbyterian pioneers. (While affirming its historic ties to the Presbyterian Church, Lewis & Clark has been an independent institution since 1966.) From its beginning, the college has educated women and men equally with a common curriculum of traditional courses. The first class graduated in 1873.

The college relocated to Portland in 1938. In 1942 the school adopted the name Lewis & Clark College after the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition as “a symbol of the pioneering spirit that had made and maintained the College,” thereby grounding the future of the institution in a heritage of exploration and discovery. Lewis & Clark’s official motto is: Explorare, Discere, Sociare (to explore, to learn, to work together).

The 137-acre campus is located on the Frank Estate on Palatine Hill, amid a naturally wooded setting just six miles from downtown Portland, one of the most environmentally rich corners of the Earth. Lewis & Clark’s newest academic building, Howard Hall, sets a standard for energy efficiency and adaptability in use of “green” architectural materials to minimize the building’s ecological impact. Currently, 30% of the college’s total electricity is provided by wind power.

Lewis & Clark is committed to residential education – the exploration of ideas, values, beliefs, and backgrounds; the discovery of lifelong friendships; and collaboration, both formal and informal. The student body hails from all 50 states and as many foreign countries. All students are required to live on campus for the first two years, unless already a Portland resident.But parking spaces are at a premium on this residential campus, so permits are expensive.

Students and faculty throughout all three of Lewis & Clark’s schools – the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the Law School – combine classic liberal learning with pioneering collaboration. Lewis & Clark encourages its students to explore their role as citizens of a global community. Over half the students in each graduating class utilize opportunities to study abroad.

College of Arts and Sciences departments include: Art, East Asian Studies, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures (French, Chinese, German, Greek, Spanish, Latin, Russian, and Japanese), History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science & Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Physics, Communication, Economics, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Academic English Studies.

5,553 students applied to Lewis & Clark for the Fall 2008 semester, and 58% of those students were admitted. The Lewis & Clark admissions staff looks for individuals from diverse backgrounds, with a variety of talents and interests – students who will not only meet the rigorous academic challenges of a Lewis & Clark education, but will also take full advantage of the opportunities for individual achievement and growth.

The Lewis & Clark admissions department recommends a high school course load to include a minimum of: 4 years of English; 4 years of Mathematics; 3-4 years of history and social sciences; 2-3 years of a foreign language; 3 years of lab sciences; and 1 year of creative arts. Grades for courses taken in years 11 and 12 are very important.

For regular admissions, they look at: SAT or ACT scores; Counselor Report; Teacher Recommendation; Personal Essay; Leadership, Community Service, Work Experience, and Extracurricular Activities; as well as an expressed interest in the college or an optional personal interview. Since 1990, Lewis & Clark College also has offered an alternate method of application called the “Portfolio Path” where a student can bypass standardized tests and instead be “reviewed on a myriad of things that would point to, and measure academic performance” on a more personalized level.

To supplement the standard application form, instead of submitting standardized test scores, Portfolio Path applicants create a portfolio consisting of at least four samples of graded academic work. This work should represent the breadth and strength of the applicant’s academic program and must include the following from their junior or senior years in high school: 1.) Two samples of writing (expository, essay exams, research papers, etc.); 2.) One sample of quantitative/scientific work (science lab report, math/science/economics test or work); 3.) One sample of your choice (such as artwork); 4.) Three Teacher Recommendations (from core academic teachers).

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