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Anatomy of a College Essay

Rising Seniors--it’s time to start working on your college essay.  If that strikes fear in your heart, then I have some advice that may help.  I find the use of an analogy—comparisons that are easy to visualize and understand—and then breaking it down into smaller pieces simplifies this looming task. Let’s compare your college essay to basic human anatomy.  We can easily break the it down into 5 segments or parts of the body that represent essential elements of the…

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Make Social Media Work For You!

Make Social Media Work for You!

There are many tips and articles on what you should not post on social media and the Internet, but let’s consider some ways that social media can be used in a positive way. LinkedIn LinkedIn is not only for your parents. This social media tool is an excellent way for you to promote yourself. More and more students are using this site to share their work experience, their successes and resources as well as finding a job. Start connecting with…

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5 Reasons Why Juniors Should Begin Their College Search NOW

Somebody recently told me that they thought talking to high school juniors this early about their college search was just a scare tactic.  The “scare” will be if you put off beginning your college search much past the Fall of Junior year.  Why the rush?  Here are just 5 good reasons:   It Takes Time to Figure Out Your Career Direction Sure, going into college as a “Still Deciding” major is just fine!  And, the more you know about your…

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Parent Adjustment To College

Parent Adjustment to College

Seeing your first child off to college is one of the more significant transitions parents face.   Advice abounds for parent adjustment to college, but as a parent who has been through this stage, I have some advice of my own to share. These tips will be most effective if you discuss them together as a family and agree on the decision. 1.  Accept that You’ll Miss Them If your child is going away to college and living away from home, this…

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Successful College Visits in Summer

Ah, summer!!! For high school juniors and sophomores, it is a popular time for college visits.   College visits are critically important in deciding your college, but summer is not really the ideal time.  Why?  You guessed it--no students! Realistically, for busy students, summer appears to be the only time available for college visits.  Challenging AP and honors exams, heavy sports schedules, multiple activity competitions all take up students' time and focus during spring semester of high school. Done poorly,…

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Why Sophomores Should Visit College This Summer

If you want to get a step ahead in your college application, then you're being really smart to make some college visits this summer.  Even"rising" high school sophomores, and certainly rising juniors can take a lot of stress off their college decisions by starting now. Here are 4 ways to check out your "smart quotient": The Idea of Going to College is Exciting to You Some kids want to go where all their friends are going, and that might sound pretty…

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How Should I Choose A College Major?

How Should I Choose a College Major?

Deciding a college major can seem like a daunting task--after all, it means you are choosing your life's work, right?  Some independent educational consultants specialize in interest, personality and career assessments. Many students just don't know where to start in picking a major or exploring careers.  Of course, a good place to begin is with your high school college counseling website.  Some high schools use Career Cruising, some use Naviance.  There is no one best way to begin.  You may find it helpful…

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Do This Before You are Off to College!

 You've picked a college?   Now what?  Are you done, just waiting until move-in day?  NO!  There's still a lot to do to get a great start off to college as a college freshman.  Here are some tips on what to do next: ASAP You've probably sent in your enrollment deposit already--most people did that by May 1. This is the first step, required well before you're off to college.  Be sure that you submitted the deposit for enrollment, not…

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College Visits 101

High school juniors are deep into college visits right now.  Summer break will see those college visits increase by leaps and bounds.  If you are starting now to explore colleges, you have just a few months to learn a lot about your colleges.  Make the most of those visits by following these suggestions. Get an Idea of What You Are Looking For Obviously, one of the reasons you are visiting colleges is to learn what matches you, but you want…

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Before May 1st College Decision

Before May 1st College Decision

May 1, the widely known "College Decision" Deadline, is looming.  If you haven't yet decided, we have listed below some questions to consider before saying "Yes". Social Fit Questions May I talk with a current student from my part of the state/country so I can get a student's perspective? What do students do on the weekends?  Are parties the primary form of entertainment?  Does the college provide lots of speakers, films, concerts (big and small), outdoor activities, indoor activities, that appeal to…

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