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Seeing the College Admissions Glass as Half-Full

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.27.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

The happiest students in this process are willing to attend several colleges on their lists; they realize that these colleges will offer them extraordinary programming, including merit scholarships.

Do You Need a College Admissions Counselor?

Ishan Puri | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Every year we hear dizzying statistics about the college admissions process. Thousands of students apply to colleges with single digit acceptance rates, and often it feels like a lottery ticket to get accepted.

Surviving the College Admissions Hype

Ishan Puri | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Over the next several weeks, thousands of high school students will hear back from colleges with one of three results: accepted, waitlisted or rejected. High school seniors and their parents are anxious for the fated emails from universities.

Why College Isn't (And Shouldn't Have to Be) For Everyone

Robert Reich | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

America clings to the conceit that four years of college are necessary for everyone, and looks down its nose at people who don't have college degrees. This has to stop. It's time to give up the idea that every young person has to go to college, and start offering high-school seniors an alternative route into the middle class.

Saved by the Television Station

Write for the Future | Posted 03.21.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

My principal thought I should stick to sports when I approached him with the idea of Redwood TV, telling me, "Redwood TV will end up being a waste of your time and the school's time." I proved him wrong, and he is now one of the strongest supporters of the station.

First Job Blues: Battles and Lifelong Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I work very well with others and have always easily got along with most people. Given my personality, I never thought being a waitress at a retirement community restaurant would pose such a difficult challenge.

Some Recommendations About Recommendation Letters

Josh Stephens | Posted 03.04.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Students who are truly dying to get into to selective colleges will meet with far greater success if they are enthusiastic, graceful, and gracious than they will if they maintain the illusion that grades -- and only grades -- matter above all else.

The Challenges of Transfer Application Essays

Josh Stephens | Posted 02.25.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Transfer applications, often due March 1, pose challenges that students did not face the first time around. Some supplemental essays are so redundant it's as if the schools' admissions staffs have never read the personal statement prompt.

What Every Aspiring Doctor Should Know About in High School

Arianna Yanes | Posted 02.23.2015 | Teen
Arianna Yanes

For a high schooler determined to pursue a career in medicine, a combined medical program can provide the freedom to pursue activities during the undergraduate years without thinking of how they look on a resume.

Like Uncle, Like Brother

Write for the Future | Posted 02.16.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Through Dan, I have learned that compassion isn't inherited, or taught at school, but rather something that is gained through experiences with people. My experiences with him have formed my appreciation of others and my ability to see the unique gifts of individuals.

Applying To College Saved Me From Senioritis -- And Making A Terrible Decision

Khushi Suri | Posted 02.09.2015 | Teen
Khushi Suri

Unfortunately, many high school students are continually looking to the future for new opportunities and don't spend enough time introspecting and self-evaluating. Whether it's once a day, once a week or once a month, that time spent looking over the past is invaluable.

The Football Way

Write for the Future | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Whether I'm creating campaigns for Marriott to reach Generation Y, or selling solar water heaters in impoverished African villages, I view the challenges in my life as if they were playing out on an imaginary football field.

The Real Cost Of Getting Into College

Posted 01.29.2015 | Teen

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Valerie Asimacopoulos, M...

The Life of a Commute

Write for the Future | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

When I bound out of my house to begin my 75 minute commute every morning, the neighborhood is dreary and empty. I find comfort on my tree-shaded block of well-kept row houses. Since birth, I have lived in the house Mom has called home since she arrived in Brooklyn from Panama 45 years ago.

How To See Exactly What Admissions Offices Think About You

College Candy | Posted 01.20.2015 | College

Want to know what your university thought about you? It’s kind of terrifying, like if there was a Lulu for ladies… but at the same time, aren’t ...

How To Avoid Having Your College Acceptance Rescinded

| Posted 01.20.2015 | Teen

“Dear Pre-collegiette, Congratulations! On behalf of Awesome University…” Phew! You can breathe a sigh of relief, because you’re in. Now...

Introducing: The College Essay Project

The Huffington Post | Taylor Trudon | Posted 01.15.2015 | Teen

Applying to college is more competitive than ever before. With elite schools rejecting up to 95 percent of applicants, there's a lot of pressure to ge...

The Essay About My Sexuality That Helped Me Get Into College

Posted 01.15.2015 | Teen

We believe your college essay is more than just a Word document saved on your desktop and deserves to be shared. That's why HuffPost Teen is featuring...

How Did Applying For College Become Such A Nightmare?

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.13.2015 | Teen

You've FINALLY finished your college applications and now you wait patiently until you find out which schools have deemed you worthy of attendance. *I...

The Colleges I Do (Or Don't) Get Into Don't Define Me

Isabel Song | Posted 01.09.2015 | Teen
Isabel Song

Yes, I went into the application season with anxiety and stress, but I didn't going in with fear. I'm not going to be intimidated or afraid of any college. The colleges I do or don't get into don't define me. I define myself.

New Year's Resolution: No More Helicopter Parenting

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 03.07.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Why not take this new year's opportunity and resolve to back off? Trust your child to do the driving. Relinquish the temptation to take charge in matters concerning college applications, deadlines, coaching and audition schedules. Instead, let your student take the lead.

Deferred? 5 Powerful Tips to Getting Accepted at Your Top Choice School

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Elizabeth Dankoski

There are things you can do right now, both to increase your chances of acceptance at your top choice school, and to strengthen your regular decision applications.

College Rejection Doesn't Have to Mean Frustration

Josh Stephens | Posted 02.12.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Students can do a great deal, both before and after applying, to ensure that they maintain their sanity, embrace colleges' decisions, and actually increase their chances of getting into their favored schools.

The Powerful College Application #Selfie

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Please use the rest of December to help seniors finalize their college applications essays and apply for scholarships by helping them promote themselves powerfully. Use their selfies, tweets, and videos as starting points for powerful celebratory essays.

10 Steps to a Better College Application Essay for the Procrastinator

Dori Jones Yang | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Dori Jones Yang

The reality is this: For many high school students, writing a college application essay is intimidating. The stakes are high. At the very least, it will influence where they will spend the next four years of their lives.