Going to college is a huge step in life and applying is far from relaxing. It can be overwhelming and the thought of it will probably consume you at some point, but remember, nothing is more important than your health. So sleep in, go to the beach, hangout with friends, play outside, just enjoy your youth, because it'll be over before you know it.
I doubt any took that message home, so parents, I'm asking you: please, will you pay your children to learn? I need your help to convince your children that education is not all punishment. You don't have to pay them in physical money. You can pay them in high-fives, in big smiles and in ice cream trips.
You're not alone in feeling like you're walking through a treacherous jungle this time of year. When it comes to the college-application essays, many parents believe they're stepping forward onto firm ground, only to discover that they've landed themselves -- and their son or daughter -- in quicksand.