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High School Seniors

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

Sara Shapiro Harberson | Posted 10.05.2015 | College
Sara Shapiro 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 07.14.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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.

The Powerful College Application #Selfie

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Please use the rest of December to help seniors finalize their college applications essays and apply for scholarships by helping them promote themselves powerfully. Use their selfies, tweets, and videos as starting points for powerful celebratory essays.

Counselor and Teacher Relationships: Thinking Ahead to College Admissions

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.24.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

It behooves you to develop good relationships with a number of teachers throughout your four years of high school so that when it comes time to write a recommendation they know you both as a student and a person.

Parents and College: How One Coach/Mom is Riding the BIG Decision

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Laura Berman Fortgang

While my parents forbade a degree in the arts (theatre being my passion and interest), my husband and I are faced with convincing my son that studying the only thing that has been his heart and soul since fifth grade (music) would be a good idea.

An Etiquette Guide to College Admissions News

Peyton Price | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

Good for him! Jock scholarship I bet he can't wait! Party school Smart choice. Community college

An Open Letter to High School Seniors

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 12.27.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

It's October. For millions of American high school seniors, choosing what to do after receiving the high school degree begins now. It represents the first life-altering decision made by you about which you get to call the shots.

Save Your Pennies: The Cost to Apply to College Adds Up

Mary Johnson | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

High school students and their families getting ready to apply for college are probably most focused on the cost of attending, but they also should be aware of the hefty costs associated with just applying to college.

When Does It Make Sense for You to Apply Early Action or Early Decision to College?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 12.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Early decision is a binding program that stipulates that if accepted to a college, you are obligated to attend. Given that stipulation, it really behooves you to be very sure that an ED college to which you apply is a hard and fast first choice. Once accepted, there is no turning back.

7 Cliché College Application Essays You Should Avoid

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

So how do you distinguish yourself from the sea of other applicants in your personal statement? It all starts with the right topic that simultaneously shows your ability to write well while painting a picture of who you are in a simple and authentic fashion.

7 Things To Make Sure You Do During Your Child's Senior Year

Grown And Flown | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

It seems like the kids are grown, that the need to document their gorgeous faces has lost its urgency as the transitions slow. Wrong. That just-finished-childhood-not-quite-adult look is fleeting. Get someone who knows what they are doing to capture it.

Understanding Early Action, Early Decision, Restricted Early Action and Rolling Admission

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Before you decide to apply "early" to a college, it's a good idea to understand what that means. Like so many other areas of college admissions, it's not exactly straightforward.