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“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously” ~ G. K. Chesterton. Learning is important, and so is being a well-rounded, experienced person. Successful Student is about helping students find the right school and navigate their education, and be savvy in business and the marketplace of ideas. Successful Student provides the resources and knowledge to help students excel in their education and after.

All ranking articles are made with the student in mind, and are formulated for students, ranking schools and programs by issues that would be important to students. It’s a bottom-up approach to evaluating degrees, programs, and schools, designed for students.

AboutSuccessful Student’s lead editor is me, Jake Akins. I graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington with an undergrad in Political Science, and a minor in English. I enjoy playing guitar, bass, harmonica, mandolin, and the ukulele in my spare time, which is not very often these days. I’m particularly interested in the philosophy of science.

Books I recommend:

1. The Discarded Image, An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature, by C. S. Lewis.
2. Being As Communion: A Metaphysics of Information, by William Dembski.
3. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, by Jordan Peterson.
4. Orthodoxy, by G. K. Chesterton.
5. Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry, by Owen Barfield.
6. The Time It Never Rained, by Elmer Kelton.
7. To Save the Phenomena: An Essay on the Idea of Physical Theory from Plato to Galileo, by Pierre Duhem.
8. How Natives Think, by Lucien Levy-Bruhl.
9. The Open Society and its Enemies, by Karl Popper.
10. The Magician’s Twin, C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, a collection of essays by various authors, including yours truly.
11. Science Set Free: 10 Paths To New Discovery, by Rupert Sheldrake.
12. Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, by Michael Denton.