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Preparing for College

5 Things No One Told You to Pack for College (But You Shouldn't Leave Home Without!)

Her Campus | Posted 08.13.2015 | College
Her Campus

After you've stuffed your life into neat little boxes and bags and you start unpacking at school, you might realize that there were a few important things you forgot to pack. We'll save you the call home to mom (and save mom the hassle of overnight shipping!) with these tips.

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.

6 Ways To Stand Out In Your College Interview

| Posted 12.08.2014 | Teen

By Megan Shuffleton Even though the college application process is probably wearing you down at this point, it’s no time to slack off! There’s ...

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Stress About College Admissions

| Posted 12.08.2014 | Teen

By Katherine Varga You are going to be fine. Whether you’re still trying to finish your applications or you’re going through pints of Ben & ...

5 Ways To Keep The Morning Of The SAT Stress-Free

| Posted 12.02.2014 | Teen

By Sara Heath You’ve read all the prep guides, taken SAT/ACT prep courses and went to bed super early last night. But now it’s the morning of t...

5 Ways To Make This Your Best School Year Ever

| Posted 10.08.2014 | Teen

You know those back-to-school clothing commercials with kids in new jeans and stylish tops sporting backpacks and gripping notebooks? The students on ...

Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 CommonApp

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.09.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Everyone -- students, parents, high school counselors, teachers and college admissions officers -- were all in agreement last year that the Common Application offered many challenges. Things seem to be much better this year; but here and there, directions are left out, and there are areas that are not explained as thoroughly as they might be.

College Will Be a Blast, Just Say Yes!

David Kanegis | Posted 10.24.2014 | College
David Kanegis

You are about to embark upon one of the great journeys of your life. There will be obstacles, hurdles and perhaps some bumps. But there will also be independence, freedom, empowerment and the opportunity to experience life in a new way.

Preparing Your Child for Freshman Year of College

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

If you have spent the last 18 years building a strong bond with your child, then he/she likely has a strong inner core thanks to the trust and confidence you have helped him/her gain throughout the years.

Sticky, Not-So-Easy Final Questions About the Common App

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

So without further ado, here we go with (hopefully) the last round of Common App FAQ's, based on recent, actual student/parent questions.

The Key to College Readiness

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If you want to be college-ready, it's time to go bowling. This isn't about adding one more extracurricular to your Common App, and this isn't a way to earn that PE requirement you somehow dodged in 10th grade. This is about getting a taste of college life here and now.

Straight Talk Hints About the College Application Process

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Leslie K. Stein

It might seem a bit early, but if you are in junior high or early high school, this is the perfect time to start to get familiar with the college application process. You do not get do-overs.

A Letter to College Freshmen: Be Explorers

Ernestine Fu | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Ernestine Fu

A college education is not a guarantee, of course, of finding your identity or the ability to express it. But it can help you immeasurably in determining your commitments and how best to channel your talents and energies to produce maximum benefits to others and satisfaction to yourself.

Preparing for College: 5 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Your Vagina

Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill & Dr. Alane Park | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill & Dr. Alane Park

College comes with big life changes that you need to be prepared for, but it's important to pay respect to your vagina as well.

The 10 Best Movies About College

| Posted 07.26.2013 | Teen

By Nicole Yang Leaving for college at the end of the summer? From browsing the course catalog to picking out dorm decorations, there are so many th...

'How I Found My College Friends'

| Posted 07.08.2013 | Teen

By Jessica Salerno As an incoming college freshman, it’s normal to have a million questions. Where are my classes? How do I replace my lost ID? W...

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.

5 Financial Things You Need To Do Before College

| Posted 07.02.2013 | Teen

By Lily Herman Congrats on graduation! Now you’re posting on your college’s Facebook group, choosing your future roomie, and preparing for the ...

8 Ways To Manage Your Parents When You Leave For College

| Posted 05.29.2013 | Teen

By Michelle King College is (finally) just around the corner and you couldn't be more excited. You'll get to stay out however late you want, wake u...

How To Answer Pesky High School Graduation Questions

| Posted 05.07.2013 | Teen

By Kelsey Mulvey First of all, a big congratulations is in order – the hardest part of your pre-college years are officially over! Now it's time ...

5 Ways to Prep for College Right Now

GalTime | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents

College preparation does not begin with the student's senior year. Ideally, it should start their freshman year of high school.

I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

To succeed in and finish college, the experience must be personal. College, from the selection of the school to the choice of major(s), has to be owned by the student who will actually be at the center of the enterprise.

High School Seniors: The Clock Is Ticking

Maura Kastberg | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education
Maura Kastberg

With only a few weeks until high school seniors head back to school, it's time to get serious about attending college.

Why I DON'T Want My Teen To Be A 'Passionista'

J.D. Rothman | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
J.D. Rothman

"Stop right there," I said. "You cannot study all those things. How would that look to the admissions committees at the colleges where you're applying to four years from now? They want to see that you have just one passion, two at the most. Top candidates choose something they love in third grade and stick with it."

10 Ways to Calm Pre-College Nerves

| Katherine Mirani | Posted 10.04.2011 | College

COLLEGE. It’s an exciting word, but also a terrifying one. After months of endless applications, emotional acceptances and rejections, and difficu...