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High School Seniors

Writing the Common Application Essay and What to Avoid

Jeannie Borin | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Your essays will bring authenticity to your application and allow the admission officers to learn who you are. You need to make sure this happens. So just how should you start writing your essays?

4 Things Rising Seniors Can Do This Summer to Get an Upper Hand On College Admissions

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Once you've gotten some energy back, then start your summer activities, whether that's work, volunteering, summer school, something else, or more likely, a combination of several things.

Well Done, High School Seniors

The Huffington Post | Sara Roncero-Menendez | Posted 05.22.2014 | Teen

Yearbooks are the one physical keepsake of all the best (and sometimes most cringe-worthy) memories from high school. You pour your heart out in meani...

My Teachers Have Senioritis

David Cahn | Posted 05.20.2014 | Teen
David Cahn

Senioritis is not a disease to be accepted and adapted to. It is a problem that strikes at the core of what it means to be a high school student, and begs the question of why we go to school in the first place.

The Marathon That Every Student Is Forced To Participate In

Morgan Levy | Posted 05.16.2014 | Teen
Morgan Levy

No running shoes needed, just my pencil case with 10 sword-sharp number two pencils and an iced coffee for fuel. On your mark, get set.... 180-minute AP Chemistry exam.

So You Want to Get Into the Film Industry? Great Ways to Get Started

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Every year, it never fails that I have one, two or three students dying to major in film and television studies. Right away, I tell them that it is one of the most competitive college majors to get into in the U.S.

What High School Students (And Their Parents) Can Do to Get the Most Financial/Merit Aid for College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.20.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Where a student attends college, how much it will cost the family, and whether they end up with a little or a lot of debt depends on everyone making college finances a priority. It's never too early to start planning for how to pay for college.

Should Money Be the Deciding Factor in Your Child's College Choice?

Jodi Okun | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Jodi Okun

May 1 is just around the corner. This is traditionally the final deadline for high school seniors to decide which financial aid package they are going to accept to attend college in the fall.

18 Things I've Learned Before Turning 18

Hannah Strohmeier | Posted 06.03.2014 | Teen
Hannah Strohmeier

As my 18th birthday is quickly approaching, I have compiled a list of, what I consider to be, pretty valuable lessons. Here are 18 things I have figured out before I reach this milestone that is important to every teenager.

Don't Wait to Try to Get Off a College Waitlist

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 06.01.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

First of all, congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible.

March Madness for College Admissions Decisions

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

Just as the top college basketball teams are competing their way towards the April 7 National Championship Game, so are high schools seniors as they learn which colleges have accepted, waitlisted or rejected them.

College Preadmit Programs: What Are They and Why You Should Attend!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.28.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Before you act on those last two items, though, I urge you to take advantage of any preadmit programs (aka, admitted student days, admit weekend) that colleges offer you and other accepted students.

The Moment I Knew I Had A Lot More To Teach My Daughter About Life

Posted 03.20.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

It was the first day of Becky Blades' daughter's senior year of high school, and Blades was feeling emotional. She walked into her daughter's room ...

Senioritis: Symptoms and Remedies

Jeannie Borin | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

It is essential to take second semester of senior year seriously. Although tempting to "chill" once admitted, think carefully about the potential consequences.

Spoonful of Sugar for Waiting College Applicants

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

It is important that we, as adults, remember to help students see that they can succeed and be happy at many colleges. As they wait for and learn which colleges have accepted them, we need to help them see the powerful of the options they do and will have.

Surprise! Two Bumps and One Jump-Start for High School Seniors on the Road to College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.14.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For some students there may be a few unexpected bumps before they hit the road for college.

The Waiting Game

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Each year, high school seniors spend the month of March in a nail-biting, gut-churning, adrenaline-fueled state of anticipation. Here are some things to keep in mind if you receive a denial letter from your first pick college.

We Must Inoculate Against Senioritis

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

You would think colleges would send out senioritis alerts to remind those of you who have been accepted that you still have work to do. But they do not. Freshman through junior years get you in; senior year performance keeps you in.

10 Ways to Have a Gold Medal-Worthy Senior Year

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Colleges want students who take their academics to the next level. Senior year of high school should be a time for mastery, of exploration and of rigor.

Hey Guys! Let's Go to a (College) Fair!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

College fairs are unique opportunities for you to meet college admissions people face to face and begin the process of showing colleges your "demonstrated interest."

High School Seniors' January - June College Admissions To Do's, Redux 2014

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Seniors! If you're not completely finished with your college applications now, surely you will be very soon. There are a few more things you need to do before you say "buh bye" to high school.

The Consequences Of Senioritis

Jonathan Ng | Posted 03.04.2014 | Teen
Jonathan Ng

Do you ask your parents to call you in "sick" for school in the morning? Is homework becoming optional? Playing video games rather than studying for that big exam tomorrow? Do you frequently leave school grounds in the middle of the school day? Are you a senior?

A $10,000 Scholarship for College-Bound High School Girls -- The Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship

Diane Propsner | Posted 02.25.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

In a recent blog post, How to Afford a Quality College Education for Your Daughter, I wrote about the affordability of attending a women's college. Hi...

Pesky Grammatical Mistakes That College Admissions Applicants Make (How and Why to Avoid Them)

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

As I look at college application essays these days, I am struck by how many of even the best and the brightest students seem not to know English grammar and punctuation rules.

10 Questions Every High School Senior Is Sick Of Answering

Posted 12.06.2013 | Teen

Newsflash: Senior year of high school can get pretty stressful -- and it doesn't help that it's nearly impossible to escape the throttle of questions ...