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Good Mental Health Away From Home Starts Before College

The high school years are a good time to consider healthy strategies to handle stress, especially if your child is showing signs of anxiety and depression or currently is dealing with a mental health issue. With the support of family, friends and a comfortable environment, students can build a stronger foundation before starting the next chapter in their lives. It is important for children to develop confidence in asking for help, and what better time than while under the watchful…

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College Stress, Anxiety and Depression

  This is the time of your life. Your future is bright. You have everything to look forward to. And, everyone seems to want to hear that you are having an incredibly awesome semester. You do not want to disappoint your family. But, your roommate is annoying. Your friends really don't "get" you. Classes are much harder than you ever imagined. And that history prof is wacked. You do not feel like yourself. In fact, you feel like you are…

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How Many Legs Are On Your “College Admissions Chair”?

My College Planning Team's President, co-founder and Academic Team leader, Stephanie Kennedy, discusses the importance of having multiple legs on your "college admissions chair". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJkdahZFnx4&feature=youtu.be Need Help With the College Admissions Process? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student with all 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 Serves the Following Chicagoland Areas: Arlington Heights · Aurora ⋅ Barrington ⋅…

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Letting Go and Staying Connected: How to Parent Your College Student

Congratulations!  Join the club!  You are now the parent of a college student! For nearly two decades, we have raised our children, created opportunities for them, and served as their strongest supporter and advocate.  Now, they are off to college, where they are immersed in vast sea of opportunities in the company of mostly strangers.  We are wondering how to stay connected to our young adults. Letting Go Can Be Hard to Do We have written the check, said our…

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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

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?

  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

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

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

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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