Saturday, September 29, 2012

Your College Roadmap

Parents - if your child in middle school, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th and you still haven't started preparing him/her for SAT, then it's time you almost stepped up, and set aside some time for the dreaded SAT exam.  Here is a road map I came across at College Board. Sign up for a free membership and listen to what's happening in that world.

Middle school is important because your child is laying the foundation in a lot of subjects and forming study habits. Developing certain skills now will make it easier for your child to adjust to the challenges of high school and college later — and will lead to more college options. Here are some things you and your child can do to make the most of this time.

The earlier you embark on your journey, the better. Here are some tips they posted:

Help your child set goals for the year. Working toward specific goals will help your child stay motivated and focused.

Review the school calendar together. Note important dates and put them in a shared online calendar or in an easy-to-view place, such as a bulletin board in your kitchen.

Make a plan to check in regularly about schoolwork. If you keep up with your child's tests, papers and homework assignments, you can celebrate successes and head off problems as a team. Get homework tips for your child.

Talk about extracurricular activities. Getting involved in clubs and other groups is a great way for your child to identify interests and feel more engaged in school. Read more about the benefits of extracurriculars.
Discuss ways to take on challenges. Encourage your child to take the most-challenging courses that he or she can handle. Tackling tough courses can give your child confidence and prepare him or her for higher-level high school classes.

Come up with fun reading ideas. Look for magazines or newspapers your child may like and talk about the books you loved reading when you were your child’s age. If your family makes reading enjoyable, it can become a daily habit.

Visit a nearby college together. If you live near a college, look for upcoming events on campus that are open to the community or see if the college offers classes to local children and families. Just being on a campus may get your child interested in college.

Get the big picture on paying for college. It’s not too early to learn the basics of financial aid.

Credits: College Board

High Schools with Top SAT Scores and Rankings

Here is the list of top 10 High schools that scored well on SAT in 2012.

1. Northview High School (Fulton): 1769
2. Walton High School (Cobb): 1743
3. Johns Creek High School (Fulton): 1729
4. Milton High School (Fulton): 1681
5. Roswell High School (Fulton): 1677
6. Chattahoochee High School (Fulton): 1674
7. Alpharetta High School (Fulton): 1660
8. Pope High School (Cobb): 1645
9. Lassiter High School (Cobb): 1636
10.McIntosh High School (Fayette): 1633

Talking about school rankings, according to US News, here is the list of top 10 High schools in GA.

#1 Savannah Arts Academy

#2 Davidson Fine Arts
615 12TH ST, AUGUSTA, GA 30901

#3 Walton High School

#4 Northview High School
10625 PARSONS RD, DULUTH, GA 30097

#5 Riverwood International Charter School

#6 Columbus High School

#7 Lassiter High School

#8 Chamblee Charter High School

#9 Lakeside High School

#10 Duluth High School
3737 BROCK RD, DULUTH, GA 30096

The ranking/rating of a particular school depends upon it's students.  Here is my advice to you students: "Do well so that you as well as your school benefits from your hard work and good scores."

SAT Performance - 2012

According to College Board's SAT Benchmark, a record 1.6 Million students took the SAT in the class of 2012 and only 43% were categorized as 'College Ready.'

Here are the average scores for the SAT class of 2012:
Critical Reading: 496
Mathematics: 514
Writing: 488

These scores and just national average and will not get students into their chosen college and it's always better to score as high as you can. If you are not fully aware, click here to read Kathryn Juric's blog on CNN - 10 reasons the SAT matters. She adds, "Parents and students should keep in mind that colleges do not base admission decisions on test scores alone."

College Board also publishes The SAT Reports on College and Career Readiness. Click here to download a pdf copy. If you have not seen it in the past, this document provides a snapshot of the American Education.

SAT scores for GA climbed while the national average fell down a bit - Maureen Downey posted on her blog at AJC. Click here to read her blog.

Belos is some interesting statistics for the past 5 years. This year, 360 students scored a perfect 2400 out of 1,664,479 test takers.

Number of Students Who Achieved Highest Possible Score on the SAT
(by subsection and entire test)
Total SAT Takers
800 Critical Reading
800 Mathematics
800 Writing
Entire Test 2400
(0.022%) 360
(0.023%) 384
(0.024%) 384
(0.019%) 303
(0.019%) 297

Credits: College Board, AJC, CNN

Can U.S. Universities Stay on Top?

For many parents, education is a priority.  I know several parents - especially moms, who sacrifice and spend most of their time for the betterment of their children. To them their calendars and schedules revolve around their children's education. My family is not an exception - we consider it as epitome of future investment.

Here is an article I came across in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

At the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi—one of the best engineering academies in the country—we met Shriram, a 21-year-old man who ranked 19 out of 485,000 on the school's very demanding entrance exam. We call him Mr. Number 19.

Shriram can tell you the date and time when he found out his test results. The exam—and the preparation for it—dominated his teenage years. He was singled out as a "big talent" at an early age, with an aptitude for mathematics and science. To get ready for the IIT entrance exam, he enrolled at a private coaching institute that prepares students with aggressive drilling in the major testing areas—physics, chemistry and math. Over those two years, Shriram estimates that he studied 90 hours every week.

Interested - Click here to read further.

Credits: WSJ

Friday, September 28, 2012

Woman: Strong vs Strength

A strong woman works out every day,
Pride in her appearance she portrays,
But a woman of strength kneels to pray,
Keeping her soul in shape, God leading the way.

A strong woman isn't afraid of anything,
Looking forward to challenges each day will bring,
Women of strength show courage in the midst of fear,
Knowing triumph through faith because the Lord is near.

Strong women won't let anyone get the best of them,
So skilled in defense even if they have to pretend,
Yet a woman of strength gives her best to everyone,
Knowing she’s anointed with blood from the begotten One.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same for tomorrow,
Refusing to take time looking back with reverence and Godly sorrow,
The woman of strength realizes life's mistakes no matter how slim,
While thanking God for the blessings as she capitalizes on them.

A strong woman walks sure footedly with no doubt in her mind,
Again, no matter what, she’ll not make this mistake a second time,
But a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls,
So when a situation arises again, she’s not afraid to answer the call.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face,
Always doing whatever it takes to finish, seeking only first place,
The woman of strength competes with an emotional sense of grace,
Understanding it’s more important to run a Holy Spirit filled race.

A strong woman has faith that for the journey she’ll have enough,
No matter how uneven the terrain or roads being rocky and rough,
A woman of strength knows it’s in the journey she will become strong,
And the love of God is forever with her, no matter how difficult or long.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Indian Consulate in Atlanta

Here is a press release that just came out from the Consul General of India, Ajit Kumar.

I have the honour to inform you that the new Consulate General of India in Atlanta will commence some consular services from 1st October, 2012. The official website of the Consulate is Important information relating to it is enclosed for your kind information. We are still working on our website.

For further information, I also enclose the Press Release issued by the Embassy of India, Washington DC on the new consular jurisdictions of the Embassy and the Consulates in the USA from 1st October, 2012.

Warm regards and best wishes,

Ajit Kumar
Consul General of India



The new Consulate General of India in Atlanta will be starting Passport and Miscellaneous Consular services with effect from October 1, 2012. Passport applications will be accepted at the Outsourcing Agency, VFS Services USA Inc., at its premises at India Passport Application Center - Atlanta, North Side Tower, Suite 120, 6065 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Kindly Visit their website ( or that of CGI, Atlanta ( for further information.

For Miscellaneous Consular services, applicants may visit the Consulate office at 5549, Glenridge Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA-30342 between 10 am and 12.30 pm. No prior appointment is required.

Following US States and Territories are included in the CGI, Atlanta jurisdiction (for Passports, Miscellaneous Services and consular outreach only)

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands.

Applicants from the above states, who have so far been applying for passports and miscellaneous services at Consulate General of India, Houston, Consulate General of India, New York and Embassy of India, Washington, DC, may apply from October 1, 2012 to Consulate General of India, Atlanta (for miscellaneous services) and to VFS Services USA Inc., Atlanta (for passport services).


At present, Consulate General of India, Atlanta is unable to offer Visa/OCI/PIO related services. These services will be taken up by the Consulate General of India, Atlanta at a later date. Until that time, these will be continued to be provided as per the existing jurisdiction by Consulate General of India, Houston, Consulate General of India, New York and Embassy of India, Washington, DC, respectively as given below:

Consulate General of India, Houston - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi

Consulate General of India, New York - Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Embassy of India, Washington DC - South Carolina, and Tennessee.

These services will continue to be provided by M/s Travisa Outsourcing Agency till further notification.

God knows

When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless effort, God knows how hard you have tried.

When you've cried so long your heart is in anguish, God has counted your tears.

If you feel that your life is on hold and time has passed you by, God is waiting for you.

When nothing makes sense and you are confused or frustrated, God has the answer.

If suddenly your outlook is brighter and you find traces of hope, God has whispered to you.

When things are going well and you have much to be thankful for, God has blessed you.

When something joyful happens and you are filled with awe, God has smiled on you.

Remember that wherever you are or whatever you are feeling, God knows.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Engineer Jokes

1. The only jokes you receive are through email (OUCH)

2. At Christmas, it goes without saying that you will be the one to find the burnt-out bulb in the string of Christmas lights.

3. Buying flowers for your girlfriend/boyfriend or spending the money to upgrade your RAM is a moral dilemma

4. If you find that you have to often explain how to use the gifts you have given other people.

5. Everyone else on the Alaskan Cruise is on deck peering at the scenery, and you are still on a personal tour of the engine room

6. In college, you thought Spring Break was metal fatigue failure

7. The Salespeople at Circuit City can't answer any of your questions

8. You are always late to meetings

9. You are at an air show and know how fast the skydivers are falling

10. You are next in line on death row in a French Prison and you find that the guillotine is not working properly, so you offer to fix it.

11. You bought your wife/husband a new CD ROM drive for her birthday

12. You forget to get a haircut (for 6 months!)

13. You can quote scenes from any Monty Python movie

14. You can type 70 words per minute but can't read your own handwriting

15. You can't write unless the paper has both horizontal and vertical lines

16. You comment to your wife/husband that her straight hair is nice and parallel

17. You go on the rides at Disneyland and sit backwards in the chairs to see how they do the special effects

18. You have Dilbert comics/paphanelia displayed anywhere in your work area

19. You have ever saved the power cord from a broken appliance

20. You have more friends on the internet than in real life

21. You have backed up your hard drive

22. You have used coat hangars and duct tape for something other than hanging coats and taping ducts

23. You know what http:// stands for

24. You look forward to Christmas only to put together the kids' toys

25. You own one or more white short-sleeve dress shirts

26. You see a good design and still have to change it

27. You spent more on your calculator than you did on your wedding ring

28. You still own a slide rule and you know how to use it

29. You think a pocket protector is a fashion accessory

30. You think that when people around you yawn, it's because they didn't get enough sleep

31. You wear black socks with white tennis shoes (or vice versa)

32. You window shop at Radio Shack

33. You're in the backseat of your car, she/he is looking wistfully at the moon, and you're trying to locate a geosynchronous satellite

34. Your checkbook always balances

35. Your laptop computer costs more than your car

36. Your wife/husband hasn't the foggiest idea of what you do at work

37. Your wrist watch has more computing power than a 300 MHz pentium

38. You've already calculated how much you make per second

39. You've ever tried to repair a $5 radio

40. Your four basic food groups are: 1. Caffeine 2. Fat 3. Sugar 4.Chocolate

Psalm 133

Psalms 133 is one of the smallest psalms written in the Bible, just three verses. Today evening, at home we read Psalms 133 and it appeared as though it was something I've been thinking about for few days.  I was curious to learn more about it after dinner.  As a result, here is a presentation I came across online. It is a faithbook powerpoint that starts off by talking about facebook. 

If you do not prefer watching the powerpoint presentation, click here for the text. The text version has more content than the faithbook powerpoint.

Here is the electronic version of Psalms 133

Credits: Faithbook from JJustim

Who killed Goliath - 2

Based on some queries I received regarding an earlier post, about other Bibles that have incorrectly documented 2 Samuel 21:19, here is what I am aware of.  I need to check the Orthodox Bible - which I don't have a copy at home (there's one at church) and shall update next week.

New International Version (©1984)
In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver's rod.

English Standard Version (©2001)
And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
There was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
When more fighting broke out with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan, son of Jaare Oregim from Bethlehem, killed Goliath of Gath. (The shaft of Goliath's spear was like a beam used by weavers.)

American Standard Version
And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim the Beth-lehemite slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was a third battle in Gob against the Philistines, in which Adeodatus the son of the Forrest an embroiderer of Bethlehem slew Goliath the Gethite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

Darby Bible Translation
And there was again a battle at Gob with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, a Bethlehemite, smote Goliath the Gittite; now the shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam.

English Revised Version
And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Beth-lehemite slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.


Who killed Goliath

What does your bible say about who killed Goliath?

Any Sunday school kid would say - David.  

When you get some free time, check your Bible - 2 Samuel 21:19. 

Most translations say below:

New International Version (©1984)
In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver's rod.

Puzzled - wondering what's going on?

The correct text is, "During another battle at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair from Bethlehem killed the brother of Goliath of Gath. The handle of his spear was as thick as a weaver's beam!

It was not Goliath, it was Goliath's brother who was killed by Elhanan. This is the part that was missed out.

According to John 10:35, Jesus said that Scripture cannot be broken. Peter vouched that the scripture is true and as good as God's word.  And we all believe so.

Also, note that the acutal story of David and Goliath is in 1 Samuel 17, and not in 2 Samuel.

Not all translations are incorrect - some are accurate; the King James version is correct. If your Bible is broken, please take time to correct it today itself.



Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves drift by my window
Twirling, softly to the ground
Signaling the end of the season
A colorful blanket, lying around

It's as though the tree is weeping
Flying leaves, denoting a tear....
Barren throughout the long winter
Trailing behind, so very near

The seasons we see, throughout life
Always and ever continuing on ....
Our lord destined it to be that way
Surely as dusk, fades into dawn

Blessed with these seasonal changes
Passing from the old, on to the new
Gracious gifts of god and mother nature
Lovingly arranged, for me and you!

Credits: Judith Kypta