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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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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

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

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

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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