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April 11, 2013

Interactive map shows next year's destinations for Blair Class of 2013

April is the time when most high school seniors must decide what to do after graduation. Whether they enroll in college, enlist in the military, enjoy a gap year or enter the workforce, it is likely a choice that will shape the rest of their lives. While some are still deliberating, many have made that choice already.

Below, check out the destinations of some seniors who have already decided them. Blazers are heading everywhere, from Pittsburgh to Patagonia and from Michigan to Montreal. The list isn't nearly finished, however - once they know where they're going, seniors can fill out this form to put themselves on the map.

Interactive: MBHS Class of '13 Future Destinations
Compiled by Adam Maisto

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  • lol on April 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM
    why would people live in the US for the majority of their lives, have their parents pay taxes in the US, and reap the benefits of an American education, and then go to other places around the world, like Canada, and of all places, MONTREAL, to pursue "higher" education?

    Educational FAIL right there.
    • Adam on April 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM
      There is no need to mock people for making different decisions than you would. You're entitled to your own opinion, but that doesn't mean you know what's best for someone else.

      And, for the record, McGill is one of the premier universities in the world, and known as the "Harvard of Canada." I didn't even apply because I knew that I couldn't get in. So, I personally don't think that choosing McGill (which, by the way, is cheaper than many American universities, thanks to sensible democratic socialism) is any sort of "educational FAIL," but again, to each his or her own.

      But please, let's not turn this into a forum where we judge people on their choices. Let people make their own decisions. They, not you, know what's best for themselves.
      • Alex on April 15, 2013 at 3:57 PM
        Yeah, but just because they get to make their own decisions doesn't mean they know what's best for themselves. Plenty of people do drugs, they obviously don't know what's best for themselves.

        This map is great, it allows me to judge those who thought were incredibly smart in high school but ended up being nothing but wasteful potential. On the other hand, it allows me to take a look at those who strived for excellence and consistently delivered. This map separates the weak from the strong.

    • Adam on April 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM
      Okay, so first off, I would like to establish that this map should NOT be serving as a launching pad for unsolicited judgement. If you think that it's an "educational FAIL" to go to college abroad, then don't go to college abroad, but don't hold it against others who choose to. It's the right choice for them, and they are the only ones allowed to decide what's best for them.

      Second, McGill is known as the "Harvard of Canada" and is accredited as one of the best universities in the world. Entering students have the highest grades, scores, and class rankings of students in all of Canada (and, by the way, Canadian students are generally known as being better students than their American contemporaries, but that's a whole other conversation). So, I'd say that personally, McGill seems like a pretty sound educational decision.

      In short, rather than applying what you think is best for you to other people publicly and inconsiderately, please keep your judgement to yourself and celebrate the successes of your classmates.
    • um on April 14, 2013 at 3:39 PM
      Maybe because McGill, in Montreal, is one of the best schools in the world?
      • Julia on April 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM
        As a parent who graduated from McGill, the education was fantastic, but when I went, it was considered a party school with a low graduation rate.

        I won't take a side, but McGill isn't a bad school at all! It's obviously not the best, and sure there are plenty of American and British schools that are way better, but that's no reason to ridicule someone's decision.

        And from what I've researched...

        McGill now has a 48% acceptance it is not so hard to get into (to put it into perspective, it is the most "selective" school in Canada, where as the most selective school in the US, Harvard, has an acceptance rate of around 6%). When I attended McGill back in the 70s, it was much more prestigious and had a much lower acceptance rate (around 20%). Also, there's a reason why Canadians find the need to have to compare McGill to an American school, they are going to be undoubtedly better.

        Also, of all the rankings I've seen where McGill is ranked in the top 10, they take a look at expense, not primarily the quality of education. So they correlate how expensive the school is compared to the number of graduates and the number of undergrads applying to grad school. They are not primarily judging the quality of the education at McGill itself.

        But regardless, who cares about undergrad! Frankly none of that matters. It's what you do with your life that matters at the end of the day. No one really cares about what schools you attend in the beginning. I started at McGill, hated it, but then I went to Oxford. So who cares!
  • wow, hurt much! on April 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM
    LOL, I love to see people flipping out about what they subconsciously believe as being horrible life decisions!
  • Lol on April 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM
    It is so silly how you guys can fight for people's choices of doing whatever they want with their own future!
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