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Yes, I went to Harvard. No, That Doesn't Matter.

Melissa Chen | Posted 07.08.2015 | College
Melissa Chen

Once upon a time, I was proud of being offered admission to Harvard. But today, my resume would probably be better off had I skipped those four years and spent the time at home learning how to code.

What Goes Into a Great College Essay?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 07.07.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

Engage the reader and be specific about your experience. If writing a memorable story about a ride in the car and what you saw, have that reader sitting there with you. A good story is priceless and you will catch attention in this way.

The Summer College Search is Like House Hunting

Beverly Low | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Beverly Low

Exploring a variety of options, finding a good match, and making it your own place to think, create, and grow. That's what the college search process is all about.

With College Essays, Don't Be Early to the Party

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.24.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Great things lie ahead this summer for many rising seniors. Anyone who is taking a class, earning a paycheck, doing an internship, working on a project, doing community service, reading good books, or even going on a trip faces possible revelations and accomplishments.

How American Students Get A University Degree For Basically Nothing In Germany

BBC | Posted 06.10.2015 | College

More than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at Germany universities, an increase of 20% over three years. At the same time, the total student debt ...

Break the Rules and Get into Your Dream School

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Elizabeth Dankoski

If you blindly follow the rules you're actually going to end up looking like every other high achieving student out there. And many times all you get for your grueling work is a spot on your top school's waitlist.

Barnard College Votes To Admit Transgender Women

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 06.05.2015 | College

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barnard College has decided to admit transgender women, becoming the latest women's college to issue a new policy acknowledging the f...

Some College Application Magic

Sam Johnson | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Sam Johnson

This Chinese applicant (video below) took the "just go for it" approach in her video application essay and the results are... Um... My first inclination was that this was what the internet generation likes to call a "major fail."

Not Just the College App Essay: 'Where Else Are You Applying?'

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Many of us feel the college app process isn't complicated or stressful enough (NOT!), so the good people at the Common Application, which creates and oversees the application you love so much (NOT!), announced a new question for the upcoming season that has sparked a lot of debate.

At 17, the College Decision Is Up To Her

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

She hasn't really changed that much since kindergarten -- she's still independent, social and eager to learn. But something about the thought of dropping her off at college takes my breath away. I want to scoop her into my arms, make the choice for her, make the fears go away

How to Deal With College Application Rejection

Courtland Thomas | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
Courtland Thomas

Rejection from any college sucks. However, it's important to understand that there is a world outside college admissions, and life is actually okay with a rejection letter from anywhere between one and infinite schools. Here's my breakdown on how to best equip yourself this week.

Seeing the College Admissions Glass as Half-Full

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.22.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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.