Analyzing Your College Award Letters

Analyzing your College Award Letters

College award letters are already fairly confusing. What's worse, they can often be somewhat misleading. This is especially problematic– considering major decisions are made based upon that first award letter; when the next one could be dramatically different. Before you accept a school’s award, there are a few steps you can take to better ensure you won't be left out in the cold later. Avoid the Bait and Switch What you see may not end up being what you get.…

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Finding The Best-Fit College For A Student With Disabilities

Finding the Best-Fit College for a Student with Disabilities

Finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities will take some work, but it is absolutely possible. Here are some words of advice if you know a young person with any kind of disability (physical, learning disabilities, mental health issues, etc.) who is considering higher education: Research is key in finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities It is important for families (especially the student!) to do their due diligence to research schools starting in their child’s…

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Are You Thinking Of Transferring?

Are You Thinking of Transferring?

Most college first-years start their falls with lots of mixed emotions.  There’s the excitement of exploring a new place, the fear of being accepted by new people, the peace of starting with a fresh clean academic slate, and the sadness of leaving friends and family.  As the year progresses, many first-years wonder if they made the best choice.  This feeling is normal.  Most students have this question at some point or another.  Some may think of it more often than…

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Career Services And Your Job Search

Career Services and Your Job Search

College seniors are scrambling to prepare themselves for the job search, and they expect the Career Services department to help. With a few short months before graduation and soon-due college loan payments, many college seniors will head to their university’s Career Services Office for the first time. That is their first mistake. College officials and Purdue University/Gallup Surveys find that only 40% of college students ever visit Career Services. Of those who do, most wait until their senior year, usually…

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5 College Preparation Questions For Juniors

5 College Preparation Questions for Juniors

High school juniors:  Are you getting ready for your college search?  It’s time, and here are 5 college preparation questions to get you started: What should I major in? Have you chosen a career? What major will you choose?  Of course, you’ll need to know the answers to these questions. It is exactly the right time to explore that, even if you think you know.  A comprehensive assessment of your interests AND your aptitudes will help you clarify careers that…

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Update On Federal Student And Parent Loans

Update on Federal Student and Parent Loans

After what will likely go down as one of the more colorful campaign seasons; America has finally made its choice and the Federal government is on the eve of a substantial regime change. Under President Obama, federal student loan programs saw massive reform. Now that the White House is set to be under new management, it's only natural to wonder which of these reforms will remain, be adjusted, or discarded altogether. While the President-Elect has mentioned proposed changes here and…

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College Accepted!  Now Compare Your Choices

College Accepted! Now Compare Your Choices

Congratulations! You’ve gotten your first (few) college acceptance letters. There are likely more to come. You should feel great about your college accepts. (And, frankly, you should get over any rejections that you may have received—really! There are happy lessons to be learned from your rejections, truly! Watch for my blog on that topic).  Right now, it is all about how to compare your choices.  Now, the ball is back in your court so you still have work to do!…

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A New Way For A Student To Organize Time More Efficiently

A New Way for a Student to Organize Time More Efficiently

How do you organize your time when you have lots to do but little structure in your day?  This is the age old question for college students who need routine but don’t necessarily know how to create it.  I always told my students:  Use a planner!  I don’t care if it’s electronic or on paper, but it must be written down somewhere.  Put in all your classes, assignments, club meetings and to-do items.  If you see you have 20 minutes…

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AP Classes Pros And Cons

AP classes Pros and Cons

Enrolling in Advancement Placement--AP classes--is one way that some high school students prepare for the rigors of college, boost their high school resume and earn college credit at a low cost. These courses are more demanding in terms of time commitment for assignments and understanding concepts, which can be a pro, con or both! Are AP classes right for you? Below are some of the pros and cons that My College Planning Team would like you to consider. Use these…

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5 Great Tips To Get Through Finals

5 Great Tips to Get Through Finals

I’ve written this blog with my college students in mind, but if you are in high school and feeling similar stress as your college friends, you should find these tips helpful to get through finals.  Let me know if you agree! Here you are. another term ending, and undoubtedly, there is something you wish you’d worked harder at.  In fact, you might find yourself in relatively “big trouble” because you haven’t kept up with studying or homework or projects or…

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