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6 College Essay Questions That Employers Should Steal

Job interviews often rely on a dull script. These creative application prompts could tell companies what they really want to know.

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As those hoping to be accepted to the class of 2019 can tell you, there’s not a lot to recommend about the college admission process, which now includes anything from a YouTube vlog to an itemized list of extracurriculars, and, of course, standardized test scores.

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Reba Williams has been waiting a long time to receive her high school diploma—nearly nine decades. The 106-year-old completed all the required classes at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Ohio, but because she refused to read a book a teacher assigned her, she was denied her diploma.

Her daughter, 78-year-old Lavata Williams told the Mansfield News Journal that the school was even willing to give her mother the diploma in the summer after the graduation ceremonies—she would have graduated in either 1925 or 1926—if she'd just read the book and written a report. But, her mother refused. She "said the book was not worth reading and she’d already read it once and didn’t like it and wasn’t going to read it again,” Lavata said. "My grandmother told me the story more than once."

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Duke and UNC Adopt Caps and Gowns Made Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Good news: A new fabric called GreenWeaver, spun from molten plastic pellets, is being used for the graduation gear by a growing list of schools.


Need another good reason to recycle your plastic bottles? They might end up as part of someone's graduation cap and gown outfit. The Virginia-based company Oak Hall Cap & Gown has long produced graduation gear, but in 2008, after realizing that schools are trying to become more environmentally responsible, it began developing a fabric called GreenWeaver that's spun from molten plastic pellets. Each gown uses an average of 23 post-consumer plastic bottles—even the bags the gowns come in are made out of recycled plastic.

According to GreenWeaver's Facebook page, five percent of colleges currently purchase the environmentally conscious caps and gowns. That translates into "310,000 graduates who have worn GreenWeaver resulting in 7,130,000 plastic bottles being removed from landfills."

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An inner-city schoolteacher says farewell to his first graduating class.

Dear Class of 2010:

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