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What I Learned From Turning Down My Dream College

The Prospect | Posted 06.30.2014 | College
The Prospect

Fed up with my moping, my mom told me, "you deserve to go to a place that wants you." She was absolutely right, there's no good that comes from pining after someone or something that doesn't reciprocate.

Passion over Pitfalls: The Art of the College Essay

Madeline Diamond | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Madeline Diamond

With some of the most competitive schools in the country, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, and NYU, all receiving over 40,000 applications each year, there is clear pressure for applicants to stand out, and the personal essay is often the time to do so.

The Dark Side Of The College Game

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

We are now in the meanest time of a high school senior's life. A few weeks ago they had to commit to a college and by now, word has trickled out about who is going where, who got in where, and more importantly, who didn't get to go where they wanted.

Moments of Focus

Lianne Bornfeld | Posted 07.27.2014 | College
Lianne Bornfeld

I don't think it should matter so much how extraordinary our lives are at 21, so long as we collect as many of those delusional little moments of focus when, briefly, you feel like the whole mess of it all somehow makes complete sense.

No Slumping, College Bound Seniors!

Beverly Low | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Beverly Low

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines senioritis as "an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades." Sound familiar? Here are a few ideas for staying on track and completing high school in good standing.

The Problem with College Acceptance Shaming

The Prospect | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
The Prospect

There is a popular (though not-so-new) trend among high school seniors wherein, following one student's acceptance at a highly selective school, fellow peers will attempt to figure out the reasons behind the acceptance.

African American Students Weigh Campus Attitudes In Picking Colleges

The Los Angeles Times | Carla Rivera | Posted 05.01.2014 | Black Voices

Jahmia Edwards cried when she opened the letter saying she'd been admitted to UCLA, the college she'd dreamed of attending since childhood. The 18 ...

Big Sister's Response To Sibling's College Acceptance Is Perfect

Posted 04.30.2014 | Teen

It's important to remember where you came from, especially when you make it to the big leagues. Reddit user Twinkaboo posted a photo with the follo...

5 Essential Steps (From a College President) to Choosing the Right School

Adam Weinberg | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Adam Weinberg

As a new college president, and the parent of two college-age children, I've been there. The flurry of information coming your way probably feels like a maelstrom, and you might fear that your child's entire future rests on this one decision.

Questions to Ask Colleges Once Accepted

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Now that you are accepted students you may choose to visit again or for the first time before making your decision. Once accepted, your questions may become more detail oriented.

This Teen Is The Person You Wish You Were In High School

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 may not be a neighborhood known for its affluence. But five of America’s most prestigious universities are fighting for o...

Are You Maximizing Opportunities for College Acceptance?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

As high school seniors work away on their applications, questions frequently arise regarding how admission decisions are made.

5 Things That Matter More Than Where You Get Into College

The Prospect | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
The Prospect

With all of the hype about college nowadays, it may be hard for you to believe there's much more that matters more. But I'm willing to give you my first-born child if I'm wrong. (And no, unlike my parents, I won't be reading my first-born Princeton's Review in the womb.)

Senioritis: Symptoms and Remedies

Jeannie Borin | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

It is essential to take second semester of senior year seriously. Although tempting to "chill" once admitted, think carefully about the potential consequences.

Senioritis: Real Or Myth?

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 05.10.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

Graduation is right around the corner and this is certainly not the time to mess up all the hard work I have put into school my whole life. You can almost taste it; just keep pushing on. The finish line is right ahead!

6 Things To Do Instead Of Worrying About Your Future

Jackson Barnett | Posted 05.04.2014 | Teen
Jackson Barnett

I have now realized that there is absolutely nothing I can do about my college stress until that ever-so-far-away day in March when I find out where I've been accepted. If you're like me, maybe this will help.

College Choice and Finances

Mary Johnson | Posted 05.03.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

Over the next month or so, letters of acceptance will be in the mailboxes and inboxes of millions of anxious college-bound seniors and returning adults across the country, which means decision making is in full swing from now until May 1st.

Your 'Dream School' Doesn't Determine Your Worth

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 03.02.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

December 13, 2013. 5:23 p.m. This was the day I received the best Christmas gift I ever could have wished for.

This Young Man With Down Syndrome Just Got Into College.. His Reaction Will Make Your Day

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 12.18.2013 | Good News

Rion Holcombe is going to college! Two weeks ago, the 20-year-old with Down syndrome received his acceptance letter to a program at Clemson Univers...

Sweetie's Empty Nest

Candy Schulman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Candy Schulman

How do you stop annoying, also known as mothering, a daughter you've loved for 18 years? The one you affectionately called "sweetie?" How do you ever get used to the empty seat at the dinner table once she's gone?

Why Admissions Officers Are Smarter Than You Think

Nya Marie | Posted 09.07.2013 | Teen
Nya Marie

After four years of choosing the right classes, joining the right teams, trying to get leadership positions, waking up early on Saturday mornings to do community service and finally opening up the email that holds the decision, it's all over.

Progress Despite the Supreme Court's Imprecise Position on Racial Preferences

Steven C. Bahls | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Steven C. Bahls

Eighteen years ago, I was in the United States Supreme Court chambers when the Court announced its decision in another landmark class involving prefer...

The Moment I Knew I Picked The Perfect College For Me

Alberto Rangel | Posted 08.05.2013 | Teen
Alberto Rangel

We did a lot that weekend: went on a campus tour, hung out downtown, ate pizza at Giordano's and hot dogs at Portillo's, hung out in the student lounge, and walked along the lake. Everything just seemed so amazing. I could see myself there doing all of it as a freshman.

Why Getting Wait Listed Can Be A Good Thing

Toshe Ayo-Ariyo | Posted 08.03.2013 | Teen
Toshe Ayo-Ariyo

Getting accepted by Penn was an affirmation of all the effort I put into this process. And even though I've always thought it is the all-around perfect college for me, being put on the wait list gave me time to really consider the other schools I got into.

How I Knew I Chose The Perfect College For Me

Anangie Martinez | Posted 07.15.2013 | Teen
Anangie Martinez

Everyone on campus waved to one another and most of the students knew each other. At a big school, it would be difficult to get to know everyone in my graduating class. But Williams felt like a family.