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College on the Brain

Madeline Lester | Posted 09.30.2012 | Teen
Madeline Lester

I plan to take my fair share of AP classes over the next three years and continue my extra-curricular activities, but I also intend to enjoy high school and graduate with a full head of hair.

The Truth About Parent Involvement in the College Admissions Process

Kat Cohen | Posted 07.18.2012 | College
Kat Cohen

Listen to your child. This is the most important role you will play: listening to what she wants from the college experience, instead of projecting your own aspirations.

What is Diversity?

Bryant Yang | Posted 09.11.2012 | Teen
Bryant Yang

Affirmative action is necessary to compensate for past injustices, but its focus should not be race but income in the context of higher education.

Fear! Terror! College Admissions!

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 09.09.2012 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

In an effort to placate my own apprehension, I put together some thoughts to prepare us all for the inevitable amount of stress that will surround us as college admission season begins.

July Is Latin for "Don't Think About College"-- Really!

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 09.04.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Summer vacation may have been designed to let students help out with the crops, but now it offers a chance to recharge, do something different, and remember there's more to the world than the next bell, next text, or next test prep class.

The Buddha as College Admissions Officer

Allison Singh | Posted 08.13.2012 | College
Allison Singh

The Buddha opens the first application. He scans the list of perfect scores and extra-curriculars, and erupts in laughter.

One Surprising, Over-the-Top College Admissions Essay: The Fun, Lighter Side of Getting Onto College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.22.2012 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

If you write about something you care about and dare to be yourself, or perhaps use a bit of irony or "tongue in cheek," you might just end up having a good time.

'I Am Their Living Yearbook'

Penny Love | Posted 07.22.2012 | Fifty
Penny Love

In my head, I know that parenthood is just a scaffolding, a temporary support during our children's construction of the actual building of their adult lives. But inwardly, I am beginning the uneasy process of squaring my heart with their growing up and leaving.

The Truth About Planning a Productive Summer

Kat Cohen | Posted 07.18.2012 | College
Kat Cohen

There are many ways to have a productive summer and improve your chances of college admission at the same time. With these summer options, you're bound to find a way to make the summer both engaging and enriching.

A Freshman All Over Again

Jada Alexander | Posted 07.16.2012 | Teen
Jada Alexander

I think I knew all along that NYU was my top choice, but I needed to experience the environment, people and campus in person to be sure. Now, I'm proud to call myself a freshman in the Class of 2016.

Heading to Harvard

David Boone | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
David Boone

After getting my acceptances, I immediately called my mother and told her the great news. In the middle of her Bible class, she jumped up and down and cried tears of joy.

A Free College Is Free No More (Sort of) -- What That Means to You

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.10.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

About two weeks ago, Cooper Union announced its plans to start charging tuition for some of its graduate students. Is this really a big deal in the college world? No and yes.

Closing the Gap Between College Aspiration and Success

Gaston Caperton | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Gaston Caperton

College is more accessible than many families might think. They often overestimate the cost of college and underestimate the amount of financial aid that they are eligible to receive.

What Really Got You Into College, and What Will Really Keep You Out

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.09.2012 | Comedy
Patrick O'Connor

This explains why your parents gave you SAT flash cards for your first communion, or a gold bracelet for your bat mitzvah with the inscription, www.commonapp.org. It also explains why your mother's therapist can send his daughter to Cornell without taking out any loans.

5 Ways To Recover From Your College Rejection Letter

| Posted 05.09.2012 | Teen

By Kelsey Damassa "It'll be OK." "It's not the worst thing that could happen." "It just wasn’t meant to be." While family, friends, and relatives...

Parents and College Admissions

Nicolaus Mills | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Nicolaus Mills

Great parenting begins with loving a son or daughter unconditionally. Great admissions decisions begin with a cool assessment of a student's strengths and weaknesses. The gap between the two could not be wider.

Why Colleges Should Be Like Cars

Jess Coleman | Posted 07.07.2012 | Teen
Jess Coleman

No one in their right mind would ever pay more for a car of lesser quality, and the same should hold true for a university.

College Decisions 2012: Business As Usual

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.04.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Panicked parents of next year's high school seniors are anticipating a rough ride when it comes to applying to colleges in the fall, and when you ask them why, they point to what happened in college admissions this past year.

Mr. President, Here's the Best Way to End Financial Aid Misuse

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.03.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Students rely on high school counselors to help them negotiate the daunting maze of tests, applications and financial aid forms, but can still make uninformed decisions that don't work out. If you could change that trend for free, would you?

The Light at the End of the College Admissions Tunnel

Sam Lyons | Posted 07.01.2012 | Teen
Sam Lyons

Something has been really bugging me. It's not unique to me -- every kid my age goes through it in a similar way. It's a modern horror that I've just dipped my toes into: THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS.

Does It Matter Where You Go To College? Probably Not.

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.13.2012 | College
Holly Robinson

A designer degree doesn't matter nearly as much in the long run as the things a student does while getting that piece of paper -- especially the activities and jobs between classes and during the summer.

Are We Being Honest When We Talk To Our Kids About College?

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 06.08.2012 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

For many years, teens have lived with the gap between what adults profess and what they convey day to day about the importance of high status achievement.

How to Be the Best Admitted Student

Liz Davis | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Liz Davis

Just like the postal service, students are most desperate for the heavier envelopes. Inside awaits the offer of a lifetime -- an invitation to become a member of The University of Your Dreams. Finally the wait, the stress, and the hard work are all over! Wrong.

The Dangerous Limbo of College Waitlists

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.29.2012 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Many colleges are increasingly placing more students on waitlists, despite the fact that very few spots, if any, will open up.

Congrats On Your College Rejection: Use It Wisely

Jacoba Urist | Posted 05.20.2012 | College
Jacoba Urist

Here's what I wish I could tell myself as a high school senior: college rejection is going to be one of the best things that's ever happened to you.