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10 Tips to Use During Summer Months to Prepare Your High School Senior for College Applications

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2016 | Teen
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

The senior year of high school is a pressured time for most kids. They not only have to keep up their grades that colleges will look at, they have to ...

Too Good For The Ivy League

Sara Harberson | Posted 06.28.2016 | College
Sara Harberson

With tens of thousands of students applying to every Ivy League college each year, getting in is about as likely as finding a golden ticket inside the wrapper of a chocolate bar.

5 Ways To Make The Most Of Senior Year

Grace Masback | Posted 06.30.2016 | Teen
Grace Masback

The summer after junior year is absolute bliss. You've made it! You're finally at the top of your high school. You weathered what everyone told you would be the most difficult year. You survived being an underclassman. Life is good.

Baby Steps

Ishan Patel | Posted 06.21.2016 | Education
Ishan Patel

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.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.08.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, "What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?" Long silence. Students g...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 1: Why Students Need the Humanities Now More Than Ever

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students today grow up in such a distracted and meaningless world that, unless schools give them some idea of where we have come from as a cultural tradition, schools themselves run the risk of becoming part of that meaninglessness.

Why Is College Admissions Such a Mess?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.29.2016 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Like so many other things in life, it's useless to just complain about college admissions. Small or big, we've got to do something about it.

The Truth About Senioritis

Kat Cohen | Posted 01.22.2016 | College
Kat Cohen

After months of preparing for the college admissions process, hitting 'submit' on that last college application can feel like collapsing across a huge finish line. What many students fail to realize, however, is that completing applications isn't the end of the journey - it's just the beginning.

Look Forward In College Application Essays

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 11.05.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Colleges don't want essays that are set exclusively in the past. Colleges want to know who applicants are now, especially about their leadership, initiative, resilience, and passions. Colleges do not award admissions decisions or scholarships to kids who only look backward.

The Essay Questions Colleges Should Be Asking -- But Aren't

Inga | Posted 10.13.2015 | Fifty
Inga

Friends whose son started on his college applications this week were bemoaning the process to us, knowing we have lived through it ourselves. It's been a while since our sons applied and I was curious to know if the essay topics had improved in the interim. In a word: no.

Fall College Visits for Seniors (Hint: Bring Mom or Dad!)

Sara Harberson | Posted 10.05.2015 | College
Sara Harberson

For most parents and their high school seniors, having a happy memory from the college search is about as rare as getting into Harvard these days. But it doesn't have to be.

Go Fail at Something! (Weeks 3-4 of Senior Year)

Lillian Sims | Posted 09.11.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

Last week, I shared a TED-Ed animated riddle with my students. In less than four minutes, the whimsical video lays out in the simplest of terms a zombie-themed version of a classic type of logic puzzle

5 Things Every Parent Needs To Know About Senior Year

Julie Fingersh | Posted 08.28.2015 | Fifty
Julie Fingersh

Skaftafell, Iceland -- With her whole life ahead of her, our daughter will likely forget this moment in our family's history, but I won't. I am sitt...

Parents, Please Pay Your Kids (Week 2 of Senior Year)

Lillian Sims | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

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.

5 Traps for Parents to Avoid During College-Essay Season

Douglas Danoff | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Douglas Danoff

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.

Wazzup! 12+ Things You Should Know About the New Common Application 2015-16

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.05.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I hope the information in this blog helps you complete the Common Application confidently and as thoroughly as you can. Remember, colleges only know you from what you say to them in your application. Give them the best of what you have to offer.

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your
College-Application Essays

Douglas Danoff | Posted 08.03.2015 | College
Douglas Danoff

As a professional application-essay coach, I regularly encounter students with well-intentioned but misguided strategies for their college-application essays. And how students approach this task often determines acceptance or rejection.

I'm a Child, So Why Is College My Baby?

Eden Friedman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Teen
Eden Friedman

College searching should be fun, not so anxiety-inducing that my nails are just constantly bitten down all the way. I should be enjoying my summer, not desparately searching for the answers to a question that will not even be considered for months.

The Summer College Search is Like House Hunting

Beverly Low | Posted 06.29.2016 | 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.

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

Does the "Dream School" Really Exist?

Sarah Convissar | Posted 06.09.2015 | Teen
Sarah Convissar

As teens we are sometimes afraid to voice our individual opinions in fear that we might not "fit in" with the crowd. However, it is crucial to think for yourself and set your own goals and your own version of success.

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.

7 Cool Colleges You've Probably Never Heard of

Teen Vogue | Posted 05.12.2015 | Teen
Teen Vogue

There are plenty of schools out there with unique programs, stunning campuses, notable grads and low tuition that are often overlooked simply because people don't know about them.

What I Learned About Tragedy and Resilience From 1,743 Students and Their Teachers

Julie Crain | Posted 04.28.2015 | Education
Julie Crain

Nestled in suburban Kansas City, the Vikings of Shawnee Mission West High School are a tight, supportive community. That strong foundation of community ushered the students through the separate events of four deaths during the school year when I was the principal.

Accepted, Rejected, Deferred: Holiday Recommendations for High School Seniors

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.19.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

During this last week, emotions ran high for high school seniors. Many couldn't focus on critically important final exams or projects, because they were awaiting college admissions decisions as dozens of colleges across America released early decision or early action notifications.