Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you’re probably aware of the government shutdown the nation is currently involved in. But how does this relate to you? Allow us to break it down for you here.
- Bad news: The Department of Education’s College Navigator tool is down.
- Good news: Sites like the CommonApp, FAFSA, and us are up and running.
- Good news: This Forbes article reports that you probably won’t notice much of a difference in terms of applying for aid, submitting payments, taking the SATs, etc.
Research and resources
- Bad news: Scientific research at public universities has been stopped.
- Bad news: Sourcing your academic work may suffer. Federal sources of information will not be updated during the shutdown.
- Bad news: Several internship programs related to the government are being shut down, and some students interning with a government organization may not receive credit for their time.
- Good news: The topic of the government shutdown has been applied into lessons like at the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron and during Homecoming at Lewiston-Altura High School.
- Good news: In light of the shutdown, some high school students like those at Shawnee High School are starting after-school clubs to get students politically engaged.
School field trips
- Bad news: Many schools have been forced to reschedule field trips to the Smithsonian, National Zoo, and other popular attractions in the D.C. area.
- Bad news: Even the Panda cam is down at the National Zoo, so you can’t even have a virtual visit.
- Good news: Some students, like those at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, are resilient. When they couldn’t perform community service at a national park, they volunteered at a cemetery instead.
- Good news: The Army/Navy game got to go on last weekend.
- Bad news: The rest of the Army, Navy, and Air Force schedules are in jeopardy.
- Bad news: High school rowers whose boathouses reside along the Anacostia and Potomac rivers won’t be able to practice during the length of the shutdown.
Have you felt the effects of the shutdown at your college or high school? If so, how?