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High School Seniors

Surviving Hurricane Common Application

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 12.24.2013 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Last year it was Hurricane Sandy. This year it is Hurricane Common Application. Both have prompted many colleges to push back some early deadlines, yet thankfully in this case no lives or homes have been lost or irreparably damaged.

A Plea to Those Helping Students With College Application Essays: Let the 17-year-old Voice Take Center Stage

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 12.15.2013 | College
Rebecca Joseph

What message are we sending our young people if we over-edit their essays so much that their originality and authenticity fade away?

The Top 6 Questions Students (and Everyone Else) Are Asking About the New Common Application

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 12.09.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

In order to understand what people were asking, I went through the application process myself. Quite frankly, it took some time to figure out, but then I'm not a computer wonk.

How to Write College Admissions Essays: A Letter to High School Seniors

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" happen simultaneously as doors slam. I'd like to share with you my secrets on how to write a personal statement for college applications.

10 Things NOT To Do When Your Child Applies To College

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 11.23.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Ah, Autumn. The leaves will start turning soon, there's a nip in the air, football, apple cider, pumpkins... And for parents of high school seniors, college applications.

Letters of Recommendation: The Real Icing on Your College Admissions Cake

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

While colleges will not be happy to have you brag about yourself on your applications, it is absolutely appropriate, if not essential, for recommenders to sing your praises as enthusiastically and with as much detail as they can.

Do-It-Yourself College Applications: 10 Steps to the Common App Essay

Ruth Starkman | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

You might be relieved to know that as "complex" and "confusing" as the college application process may sound, putting together your own application and writing your essay without paid advice may, in fact, give you better results.

5 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make When Putting Together Their College Lists

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Students who choose colleges only by name, location or because their best friend is going there, and don't look into what the colleges are all about, might find themselves let down after they start college. So how do you get quality information?

7 Steps to Writing a Captivating, One-of-a-Kind College Application Essay

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.05.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Unless you really screw up, no single essay is going to get you in or out at a particular college. Having said that, doesn't it make sense for you to produce the best application essays you can?

6 Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing College Application Essays

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.24.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Personally, I am always looking for that magic piece of advice another writer has that will get me through predictable writing blocks. So, here is what different writers have shared with me about how to spend more time loving rather than hating writing.

Five Summer Tips for the College Bound

Beverly Low | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Beverly Low

Like the colorful and constant noise of summer fireworks, advice for college first-years has begun exploding from all directions. Celebrations are mixed with a nervous excitement that will not be matched or replicated ever again.

A Sense of Ending

Liz Madans | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
Liz Madans

Cultivating a sense of beginning and ending resonates with the work we do with text, teaching students to recognize the signs of change: a quickening, a turn, and an untying.

Rising Seniors' June to January Everything You Need to Do List

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Because there is so much to do, many students (and parents) worry themselves sick about getting every last piece in and on time. In order to assuage people's anxiety a bit, here is a list of things rising seniors need to do between June and the end of January.

5 Things High School Seniors Need to Do This Summer

Alyssa McCloud | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Alyssa McCloud

Should rising high school seniors have to spend their summer working on Capitol Hill, discovering cures in a research lab or volunteering in exotic, far-flung locations in order to get into the school of their choice?

The (High School) Graduate

Linda Flanagan | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Linda Flanagan

What do the criers feel that I don't? Maybe a greater awareness of the passage of time. Loss -- of their own time, and of their children's. A premonition about the void that will take place in a few months, when their offspring will leave their original home and make a new one someplace else.

Coming of Age

Write for the Future | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Alec Harris I entered seventh grade with a mustache that made me look like I was 30. My thin legs made me ripe for the nickname of Frog. Then my...

How Much Would You Spend To Take A Good School Photo? (VIDEO)

Posted 05.01.2013 | Teen

Although "senior picture day" is often characterized as one of the most dreaded high school rites of passage, some teens are taking the event into the...

7 Things Senioritis Taught Me... The Hard Way

Krystie Yandoli | Posted 06.20.2013 | Teen
Krystie Yandoli

When it came to school, I was always a good student -- some might even say I was a full-fledged nerd about learning. But when the second semester of my senior year of high school rolled around, I fell victim to one of the most talked about possibilities every senior faces: senioritis.

Getting Off a College Wait list

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.28.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Here is what to do that will increase your chances for getting off a wait list and onto a college's acceptance list.

Playing the Odds: College Admissions

Malcolm Gauld | Posted 05.29.2013 | College
Malcolm Gauld

Not only do today's high school seniors apply to as many as 12-15 colleges, they seem surrounded by adult "handlers." As we move into the highest anxiety phase of the annual college application cycle, I offer a few words of advice.

What's in a Name? Helping High School Seniors Choose the Right College

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Rebecca Joseph

The brutal process of applying and waiting for acceptances is over. Now, seniors get to decide which college's offer of admissions to accept. While many adults and students often get attached to college names, they should both realize that colleges are so much more than their names.

The Declaration: When Being Indecisive Is Intelligent

Nzinga Young | Posted 05.25.2013 | College
Nzinga Young

Young people rush to choose a major to fulfill a college identity, not necessarily because it's what they enjoy. The beauty of admitting that you aren't sure what to study is that people are more willing to help you.

Spring Into Great College Visits

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

Spring is the time of year when many juniors and their parents start visiting prospective colleges. This is the ideal time of year to visit colleges as they are still in session and you can see authentic college life.

How Much Choice Do You Really Have?

Carmin Chappell | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

There have been times when I have failed to realize the true privilege of choice. Attending college, let alone choosing between multiple colleges, is an opportunity that many teens will never experience.

Goodbye to Motivation

Emily Truong | Posted 03.20.2013 | Teen
Emily Truong

Senioritis is hitting me hard. I've been slacking off on schoolwork; I even left a few problems on my calculus homework blank!