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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?

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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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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How Your College Essay is Like Your Face

It’s that time when many HS Seniors are thinking about writing and revising their college essays.  Some believe that the essay must stand out and be different so that the reader remembers them.  Others feel the need to show a certain kind of perfection and intensity in their essays so they write, re-write, edit and edit again. Still others write it at the last possible moment without giving it any editing in the hopes that they will make the submission…

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Why the College Search is Like Buying a Home

This is for all the parents out there who are feeling anxious about their kids’ college process.  Let’s think back to when you first bought a house.  Were you overwhelmed by the process?  Did you do your due diligence?  Did it work out okay?  Better yet, did you survive that process?  The college search and selection process has many similarities and parallels to the house buying process.  Here are a few of them: The choices are often overwhelming There are…

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Why Do Families Hire A College Consultant?

Some parents have the time and energy to become experts in whatever interests their child.  But most don't.  Parents find coaches to help their kids with the sports they gain and lose interest in over the years.  They hire tutors to help with ACT and SAT test preparation.  They hire nutritionists or medical experts when their child is experiencing physical problems.  Why not hire a college consultant for the college application process? Who is a qualified consultant? The majority of…

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Your HS Transcript: The Most Important Factor in Admission

A transcript always tells a story.  Anyone who looks at transcripts often will have these questions and thoughts as they look at the transcript. What classes did the student choose? Did the student chose the hardest classes available to them? Are there patterns that can be identified? For instance, does the student do better on reading/writing classes or classes with tests, like math and science classes? Did the student have certain years where their grades were stronger? Are there any trends,…

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So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Planning on Pre-med? Over the years, I have encountered more than a few students who are interested in pursuing medicine.  This is some basic information that I always share for those who plan to become a doctor. High School Coursework Any student interested in medicine (or any field in the sciences, for that matter) should make sure to take 4 years of science and math at the highest level of their ability (i.e., take whatever honors or AP classes possible.)…

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What Should Students Do In Summer?

In today’s world, you must have previous work experience to get a job.  But what can a high school or college student with little to no work experience do?  Get a summer job, any job, especially during the summer months because this is when they have time to explore without the added pressure of academics.  Taking summer classes, studying for ACTs/SATs, playing video games, and/or reading all summer are simply death knells to a future career. Structure Your Experience In my…

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What’s “extra” about extra-curricular activities?

I always call extra-curricular activities co-curricular rather than extra-curricular for some important reasons I'll describe below. We need a cultural shift on this topic. Young people and their parents think of these experiences as additional to the "real" work of academics but that is simply not true. In today’s world with today’s economy, the people who come out ahead in the work world are used to balancing family and work and hobbies. They have personal interests that keep them learning at all points…

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