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Three Easy Ways To Explore College Majors

Three Easy Ways to Explore College Majors

My College Planning Team's President, co-founder and Academic Team leader, Stephanie Kennedy, presents three easy and practical ways for your student to explore college majors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEN-a18VxFo Need Help Exploring College Majors? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student in his or her exploration of college majors, as well as with all other aspects of the college search, application and selection process. Contact Stephanie Kennedy for more information or click here to schedule a free consultation. My College Planning Team…

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Navigating Senior Year: 5 Things To Know

Navigating Senior Year: 5 Things to Know

Giddy with excitement and feeling pretty amazing, your child is in their senior year. You are left standing at the curb while they are on top of their world. The next several months are all about parties, prom and their 25 best friends. For parents navigating senior year, you may feel as if your relationship has changed, and this can leave even the most confident parent feeling a bit uneasy. The process of breaking away that begins during senior year is…

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What Is Demonstrated Interest And Does It Really Matter?

What is Demonstrated Interest and Does it Really Matter?

  As you begin your college search, your college visits, and start thinking about college applications, you’re likely to hear about demonstrated interest.  Usually that means that you show (demonstrate) the college your (genuine) interest in them. Do Colleges Care? There are 3 possible ways to consider this: Colleges don’t care at all Colleges want to know if you are interested Colleges track your every contact with them All three are known to be true, but in very few cases can…

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A College Fair May Change Your Life

A College Fair May Change Your Life

College Fair season is nearly upon us!  Don't underestimate the potential of a college fair to change the trajectory of your life!  The first one I suggest you attend is coming soon to a metropolitan area near you:  Colleges That Change Lives.  This organization is a not-for-profit consortium of colleges that was created in 1998.  Normally, you would attend a college fair to meet with and speak to representatives from some particular colleges.   That is not my advice here.…

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Letters Of Recommendation For College

Letters of Recommendation for College

Your college applications usually require one or more letters of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor. Let's take a look at why letters of recommendation matter and how to go about getting them: Colleges use these to supplement the rest of your application.  Good letters of recommendation (LOR) will strengthen your application. Specifically, the letter should support and reinforce that you can handle college-level coursework in your chosen field. Determine 3 or more teachers who know you the best. Be…

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Smart Sophomores Make College Visits

Smart Sophomores Make College Visits

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": 1. You See College As an Adventure Some kids want to go where all their friends are going, and that might sound pretty comfortable at age 15.…

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How To Decline A College Acceptance

How to Decline a College Acceptance

So, you've finally made your college decision -- where you will spend your next few years. And now you have to officially decline a college acceptance! How difficult that decision can be! If the choice was not made crystal clear by your own love for one school over the other, or for a significantly better financial offer, you may be feeling a bit sad about having to choose the “better” of two or more great options. Doesn’t it remind you of the Robert Frost…

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5 Factors To Weigh As You Choose A College

5 Factors to Weigh as You Choose a College

Many seniors and their families are struggling to make their final choice of college before the deadline of May 1. Let me offer 5 factors that I think are important to consider as you decide your college: 1. Is it a Fit for YOU? Aside from your chosen major, how is this college good for you? Chances are 1 in 3 that you’ll change your major, and that isn’t necessarily bad. If this college is on your list primarily because of…

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I’ve Got An Interview!  What Should I Wear?!?

I’ve Got an Interview! What Should I Wear?!?

What should I wear to my interview? I get that question a lot from my students regarding their admissions “interviews” (which may or may not be true interviews) or their honors interview (believe me, this one IS an interview). But the question is relevant to anyone planning to interview with admissions staff, a professor, an alum, or with a prospective employer.  It is ALWAYS a good idea to dress “appropriately” for interview, even if it is for a lifeguard job or a…

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5 Reasons Why Juniors Should Begin Their College Search NOW

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.  Halloween’s over! The “scare” will be if you put off beginning your college search much past this Thanksgiving.  Why the rush?  Here are just 5 good reasons: 1. Junior Year Grades Are Most Important Let’s face it!  Spring semester of your junior year in high school is your last chance to make an impact on your GPA for…

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