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Call Me a Quitter

Marin Langlieb | Posted 11.06.2015 | Teen
Marin Langlieb

From my experience of sitting through college boot-camp after boot-camp, and going on college tour after college tour, I, along with probably every admissions officer, can tell you there is no winning formula.

3 Mistakes to Avoid During Your First Two Months of College

Christie Garton | Posted 09.30.2015 | College
Christie Garton

Your first two months on campus can set the pace for the rest of your college career. Think of it like running a marathon: you want a strong start to guide your attitude and determination through future miles, but set out too fast and you'll be out of fuel before you can finish.

Activities Resumes: A Surprising First Step to Having a Successful College Application Experience

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.21.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I know, I know; many people say that resumes for high school students are a waste of time. They are wrong. The way I have students use them, activities resumes are a critical part of the admissions process. Let me tell you how and why.

State of the Girl: Challenges (and Solutions) Facing Today's Young Woman

Christie Garton | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Christie Garton

Young women are dedicated to doing everything they can to make their dreams come true, starting first by acquiring that critical knowledge. Unfortunately they are failing to launch because many of them simply need better access to opportunities.

Am I Shortchanging My Kids By Not Enrolling Them in Summer Activities?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Kids need space in their day to wander aimlessly, finding ways to entertain themselves in a way that doesn't involve a battery or a plug. Healthy development is fostered by climbing trees, tapping out songs on the piano, building forts or simply lying in the grass and watching the clouds go by.

Engaging Students Through the Arts, Sports and Community Service: Why Kids Need More Than the 'Three Rs'

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

Financial strains can often limit extracurricular activities. Yet we can all remember from our own experience that schools, at their best, provide an array of performing and visual arts programming and a wide variety of sports and community service clubs.

Our Kids Aren't the Only Ones Suffering From Inequality. We're Failing Our Parents Too!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Yes, by all means, let's talk about inequality of opportunity for our kids because that's where it all starts. But let's also remember that those kids grow up, and when they do, it doesn't get easier. The scars of childhood last a lifetime.

Stop Underpaying Coaches!

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 05.11.2015 | Los Angeles
Anita L. DeFrantz

The education of a youngster in school does not take place exclusively in the classroom. There is a wealth of evidence demonstrating that what youngsters learn on the field of play is valuable in their overall development as students.

The Best Gifts I Can Give My Children To Ensure Their Success

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

It was under the tree house where my siblings and I would play restaurant, serving up birdseed soup and mud pies. It was in the big red barn that we would play hide-and-seek. It was on the tire swing where we would shout out made-up songs. It was on the screened-in porch where I spent hours filling notebooks with story ideas. We drank from the outdoor water pump after spending a day playing mermaids and Marco Polo in the swimming pool. We would make bouquets out of my mom's flowers and ride bikes up and down the big hill, stopping by the apple trees for a snack.

12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents

Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college....

My Sporting Life, Without The Sports

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 05.15.2015 | Sports
Heidi Mulligan Walker

Does it matter if their child gains that sense of mastery from a violin instead of a football? At the end of the day, I believe it's not the activity that's important, but what you get from it.

The Overscheduled Kid: EASY Method to Figure Out What Activities To Do

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

There is a great way to figure out what activities you should do with your kid. It even comes with an easy acronym. Remember my LMAO Parenting Technique? I love acronyms. Anyway, in this case, the acronym is: EASY.

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions to Make Your College Admissions Saner and More Successful

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.30.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Brainstorm, write, and then write some more. Edit and edit and then make sure spelling, grammar and punctuation are perfect. Teachers, college admissions officers and future employers pay a lot of attention to this.

Why Out-of-Classroom Experiences Are Critical to Your College Education

Christie Garton | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
Christie Garton

With each passing year, it's getting increasingly more difficult for young professionals to stand out from the thousands of other graduates who have turned their tassels and entered the workforce. That's why college isn't all about what happens in the classroom.

College Admissions: Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make

Khanh Ho | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Khanh Ho

The Fall College Application Season has arrived. And kids are showing up on college campuses nationwide, dressed in their finest duds, scouting out the hallowed halls of the ivory tower.

Got College Prep Questions? Answers Are Here!

Jeannie Borin | Posted 10.04.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Whether they are questions about college lists, filling out applications, writing resumes and essays, visiting colleges or who to ask for recommendations, getting the appropriate guidance is crucial.

College Admissions Strategy

Jeannie Borin | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Select college essay topics that are unique. Present yourself as a diversified individual. Do not repeat what is elsewhere on your application. The essay is an opportunity to let admission officers know another side of you.

Why Glitter May be Better Than Math Camp

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

Everyone experiences regret at one point or another -- it's part of life. And I'm not just talking about that spring break trip to Mexico, the unfortunate tattoo or that horrible haircut you had senior year in high school.

Why (Soccer/Baseball/Lacrosse) Moms Wish for Rain

Kerry Lyons | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I'm hoping for cancellations. Dreaming of flooded fields so we can hit snooze on Saturday, snuggle in front of a movie on Sunday or simply get to bed at a decent hour during the week. And if the chatter on the sidelines in our little town is any indication, I'm not alone.

Dear Parents, Are You Tired of Being Tired? Amen.

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Valerie DeLoach

We go, go, go, go all the days. Our schedules are marked on and highlighted and color-coded as we race from one activity to the next or divide and conquer while kids have different activities in totally different cities.

Are You Ready For College Prep This Summer?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.26.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Although many decisions are made during senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. Here's a list of college prep action steps that will help students stay focused and on track.

Action Steps for Early College Prep

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend.

Students Ask College Prep Questions That Get Answers

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

College officers understand that not everyone can visit colleges. Between plane fare, rental cars and hotel stays, it can get costly. Students can visit colleges in their area to get an idea of college life and what they would like.

You're Just Not Good Enough for College!

Cate Pane | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

As parents, we can choose not to "buy into" the culture of competition within which are teens are living.

Advice for a Student Starting College

Derek Bok | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Derek Bok

Several million students will soon be entering college. If you are among them, you will have received much advice from parents and friends, and you will soon hear more from college officials. But you might also want to know what researchers have discovered about some important choices you will make that could have much to do with what you gain from your next four years.