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Ditch Work/Life Balance and Find Real Happiness: Part I

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Yes, living your all comes with sacrifice. But by getting rid of the things and relationships that make you only somewhat happy (or plain unhappy), you get to live a life filled with what you love best, and then focus on them with everything you've got.

How FOMO Can Sneak Up on You

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

If we really want to be intentional in our lives, if we really want to stick to decisions about our success and happiness, then we must be OK with not being a part of everything... of anything other than what's going on for us right now.

ACT Inaugurates Remodeled Strand With Intriguing Love and Information

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.23.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

American Conservatory Theater's new space on Market Street was named the Jewel when it opened as a movie house in 1917. In its current and extensively remodeled incarnation, which made its official debut last week with Caryl Churchill's engrossing and enigmatic Love and Information, the facility lives up to its original name.

The Cheesecake Factory Phenomenon

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

There's something funny about The Cheesecake Factory. It seems no matter what time you go and no matter which location you visit, there's a wait to get in.

One on One With Rising Popstar, Monique

Christina Scribner | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Christina Scribner

Monique was raised in a Cuban household in Miami where music was infectious, singing and dancing was a daily ritual, and her creativity was never stifled.

Great Summer Apps and Websites for College-Bound Juniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.04.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Juniors, you're in a tough spot. You want a summer filled with beach; your parents want a summer filled with college prep, and writing essays on the sandy shore is out. What to do?

Let's Sue Harvard and End Illegal Preferences in College Admission

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Steve Nelson

Let's have a lawsuit where all the "different" learners, visionaries, poets, iconoclasts, artists and musicians come together and sue Harvard for giving illegal preference to applicants who brandish their relatively unimportant test scores. That's a lawsuit I'd join.

The House of Cards Effect

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Deirdre Maloney

If there's a fictional world you love but you know that it's dark and can negatively impact your mood or actions, then make sure you watch, listen to or read something lighter afterwards to balance it out.

Managing Test Anxiety in Today's High Stakes Testing Era

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

School worry and test worry are common. There has become an increased focus on grades, GPAs, and a fear-based mentality that kids will not get into a good college unless they have a 4.6 GPA. Sadly, this fearful mentality has trickled down all the way to elementary school today! What is going on? And what should parents do?

Let's Get Personal

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Hubbie and I recently found ourselves engaging in two different... discussions. The first involved a whole lot of bickering... making for some cranky...

Most High School Grads Aren't Interested In Becoming Teachers

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

Educators are currently in especially high demand, but fewer and fewer high school graduates want to become teachers, a new report finds. The numbe...

2016 SAT: The Latest Research and Analysis

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Alex Mallory

The 2016 SAT is content-based, with less emphasis on logic than the current SAT. Math problems are more likely to look like problems that could appear in a school math class and less like logic puzzles.

Let There Be Love at ACT: Terrific Acting Buoys a Poignant Family Drama

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.17.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

All those elements add up to a huge order, but ACT is serving it with compelling passion and humor, thanks in large part to an extraordinary performance by Carl Lumbly.

A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores) colleges and universities will be accepting the new SAT, but many have not yet decided whether they will continue to accept the old one. Oh boy!

Ivy League Angst

Jon Erickson | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Jon Erickson

Much attention and angst has been placed on the importance of getting into a top school. Such a lofty goal, however, is not necessary for future success. Any quality school will do if you make the best of it. What's the magic bullet? Simply preparing well and working hard.

What's Up With All the Honking?

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Honking is something that feels OK for many of us to do, but feels terribly personal when it happens to us. Honking may create sound on the outside, but it happens because we're not too happy inside... and we need a release.

Tactical College Visiting

Alex Mallory | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Alex Mallory

As high school juniors and their parents ponder whether to visit or not to visit, I strongly recommend the former. It's the only way for students to see whether they could imagine spending four years at a given college, and it allows them to set themselves apart from the pack by showing colleges how much they really do care.

SAT or ACT? College Testing Advice for Michigan's Tenth Graders

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.10.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Tenth graders in Michigan were pushed into the mania of college testing a little early. The tumult began when the Michigan Department of Education announced it would be offering the SAT as the required state test for college admission, starting in the 2015-16 school year.

Things You Learn When You're Lost on a Big, Fat Mountain

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Today's post is a bit different. It's a somewhat intense tale. Get ready. And please don't judge me. It begins after a good dose of "you can do it D...

Illinois Colleges With Students Who Have the Highest Average ACT Scores

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.02.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While a student's ACT or SAT scores might be only one part of a college application, they can be a useful numerical marking of the kinds of students applying to and being admitted to particular schools.

Mr. Burns at ACT: Hilarity Begins With Apocalyptic Events

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.29.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Being reasonably familiar with the TV series will certainly let a viewer pick up nuances that went over my head, and I'm sure over many others, but you don't have to be a Simpsons addict to appreciate the delights of Mr. Burns. It sizzles.

The Perfect Score

Natalie Kalin | Posted 04.26.2015 | Education
Natalie Kalin

At this point in my high school career, I no longer have to worry about standardized testing. I have several junior friends, however, that are where I once was: stressed out, asking for advice on how to get the perfect score, willing to pay for the countless practice books I own.

What Two Little Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 04.25.2015 | Good News
Deirdre Maloney

Realize that having someone with you can make a good experience that much better. Learn from Lily and Lisa. In the end, you just might find you get all sing-songy yourself.

Why I'll Root for Reese on Oscar Sunday

Lauren Daley | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Lauren Daley

When I saw pictures of Cheryl on the red carpet at the Golden Globes in January, I somehow felt a tinge of pride. It's kind of like the feeling you might get when a college basketball player you've always thought was great gets selected for the NBA, and then becomes an NBA star.

Our Little Walk Through the Fear Pile

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Know that the answer to "what's the worst that can happen?" doesn't have to come with a scary imaginative monster story. Go rational. Save your creative juices for later.