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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Freshman Year: Planning for Your Future

Freshman year might seem early for college planning, but setting the ground work during your first year of high school is an important step. By now you are making some new friends and feeling a little more settled than those early days when the seniors looked so old and you felt so young. My College Planning Team is ready to help you navigate the process. Founder Stephanie Kennedy offers these Do’s and Don’ts for students to serve as a guide to…

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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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7 Ways Studying Abroad Will Prepare You For an Internship

  Last January I packed up my bags and left my home in California to study abroad in Milan, Italy. For four months I studied in Milan during the week and traveled to 11 different countries on the weekends. My time studying abroad was an incredible learning experience. At the time I didn’t realize the extent of which my experiences abroad would help me in my career. While there are countless reasons I’d recommend studying abroad to any college student,…

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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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Getting Along With Your New College Roommate

My College Planning Team's President, co-founder and Academic Team leader, Stephanie Kennedy, discusses important tips for getting along with your new college roommate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOEgkDkEZr0&t=7s Need Help With the College Planning - Including Adjusting to College Life and Having a New College Roommate? 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…

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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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Government Proposals for Higher Education

For better or for worse, higher education is a deeply political issue. The rules and regulations can vary substantially depending on who’s in office. One side wants to increase federal aid, while the other wants to do away with it altogether and leave it to private institutions.  It can be difficult to keep up to date with it all, but it’s important to make sure that you do so. The government may not be as forthcoming with information that could…

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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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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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