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Do This Before You are Off to College!

  You've picked a college?   Now what?  Are you done, just waiting until move-in day?  NO!  There's still a lot to do to get a great start off to college as a college freshman.  Here are some tips on what to do next: ASAP You've probably sent in your enrollment deposit already--most people did that by May 1. This is the first step, required well before you're off to college.  Be sure that you submitted the deposit for enrollment,…

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Beware Senioritis

Senioritis--Why Avoid It? We often joke about Senioritis.  Technically it means the pain of being a Senior but for most, it’s not exactly painful. It’s that time when students are so close to finishing up and want to coast their way to the finish line. After all, there is so much going on with prom, upcoming graduation parties, the taste of their new college life and that impending freedom from parents.  Students have worked so hard and just want a…

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The Essay: The ACT Now Has Its ACT Together!

The ACT folks really created a mess when they "revamped" the essay portion of the exam. Fortunately for college- bound students everywhere, the situation appears to be (mostly) resolved. A LITTLE HISTORY The trouble began in September of 2015. Several changes to the essay were rolled out: a changed grading rubric that incorporated four scoring "domains", a switch from the twelve point grading scale to a thirty-six range, and a significantly more complex writing prompt. In this short space, it…

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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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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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10 Points to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of College

Today's blog features our guest blogger, Dr. Joel Ingersoll, of Take On College, Inc.  Dr. Joel shares the My College Planning Team philosophy and mission of helping students maximize the college experience. In this blog, he shares his professional advice to parents in helping their college students create a healthy, confident transition!   Now that summer gone and we are into the fall semester, much has been written about preparing college students for the upcoming semester.  You've likely read numerous college survival lists noting…

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Budgeting and Fundraising for a Gap Year

Here are some tips from my experience as a gap year advisor about how to execute a Gap Year no matter your budget. Advice for Parents Budgeting Developing a budget early on in your planning process will make everything easier in the long run.  Many gap years are funded with parent and student contributions. Sit down with your child and discuss how much they can realistically put in and how much you feel comfortable contributing. If you feel uncomfortable giving…

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