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Sophomore Year: Time to Begin Thinking About College

Stephen Secora | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Stephen Secora

Usually this time of year, we speak mostly to rising high school upperclassmen -- juniors and seniors -- who have college on their minds and are closest to the application process. Increasingly, however, we host families with students who are just entering their sophomore year.

The Inevitable College Essay Question: Why Are You a Good Match?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 07.18.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Some of you will be making plans to visit colleges. Many of you will be doing web research on colleges and just about anyone applying to college will need to eventually answer an inevitable college essay question, "Why are you a good match?

The Truth About Getting Ahead: Starting College Applications in the Summer

Kat Cohen | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

With more writing and less time to complete it all before early and regular decision deadlines, is it wise for students to build some essay-writing time into their summer breaks?

Writing the Common Application Essay and What to Avoid

Jeannie Borin | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Your essays will bring authenticity to your application and allow the admission officers to learn who you are. You need to make sure this happens. So just how should you start writing your essays?

Why I Applied to 43 Colleges

The Prospect | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
The Prospect

My story of applying to colleges is a bit different than most. Not because I am some exceptional student that was accepted by every school that I applied to, but because of the sheer number of colleges I applied to.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

It made me excited, not anxious. I didn't even really think to list it on my college applications while I spent a whole of time and thought questioning how "impressive" my other activities looked. And in the midst of this yearlong freak-out, I found something to call my own.

Why Distance College Counseling Works

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

College counseling professionals guide students through their admissions process on the telephone, through email, via fax, video-conferencing and Skype. Distance does not seem to be a factor in getting to know applicants.

When You Have Second Thoughts About Your #1 Choice

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 06.13.2014 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

The last thing you want to do is make a choice you regret. College-bound students should weigh the pluses and minuses of each school equally. They should look carefully at each school. And most importantly, keep an open mind.

4 Things Rising Seniors Can Do This Summer to Get an Upper Hand On College Admissions

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Once you've gotten some energy back, then start your summer activities, whether that's work, volunteering, summer school, something else, or more likely, a combination of several things.

Degrees of Separation: A College Education for All

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Robert E. Johnson

American education must be a promise of opportunity and access for all. The haves and the have-nots cannot be separated by degrees of inequality.

Helping High School Students Find the Best College Match

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
MeiMei Fox

Approaching that process with candor, humor, and compassion, Lanita guides her students in connecting authentically with who they are as young adults and who they wish to be. She then helps them discover their best college fit based on this knowledge.

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.

What's Important When Selecting Which Colleges to Apply to?

Maura Kastberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

For junior students it's time to get serious about which colleges you'll apply to next fall. But what are the important things to consider as you make your selections?

A Plea To Everyone Asking Me Where I Want To Go To College

Lilian Klatskin | Posted 06.29.2014 | Teen
Lilian Klatskin

You will ask me if I remember you, even though the last time you saw me, I was two months old. You will ask me what grade I'm in and I will tell you I'm a junior. And it's downhill from there.

Applying Third Metric Principles to the College Application Process

Manuel R. De Juan | Posted 06.26.2014 | College
Manuel R. De Juan

My only son will enter college as a first-year student in the fall. For the most part of the last year, he, and his parents, were immersed in the college-application rat race. It is very easy to lose sight of what is really important in the college search and application process.

A Q and A On Everything College

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Myths as rumors are often untrue and exasperate any situation. This is the case with the college admissions process as so many students and parents hear things that are just not the case.

What High School Students (And Their Parents) Can Do to Get the Most Financial/Merit Aid for College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.20.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Where a student attends college, how much it will cost the family, and whether they end up with a little or a lot of debt depends on everyone making college finances a priority. It's never too early to start planning for how to pay for college.

A High School where Every Counselor is College Ready

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It' s time to make good on a debt. Last fall, I challenged America's school counselors to improve college advising in their building by requiring eve...

Dear Family Whisperer: My Parents Are Ignoring Me!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Applying for college is very stressful -- not just for your sister, but also for your mom and dad. If they're like most parents I've met, who spend a lot of time and energy helping their kids, it might feel as if they are being judged.

What's The Point Of High School, Anyway?

Sanah Imran | Posted 06.16.2014 | Teen
Sanah Imran

Well, not really. I'm still a senior in high school, but I have finally gotten off the roller coaster of applying to college that I boarded as an apprehensive, but ambitious, junior. But, having finished this process, I find that I have more questions than answers.

Are University Early Admissions Crowding out Qualified Students Applying Later?

McKenzie Maxson | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
McKenzie Maxson

In theory, it sounds great -- if a student knows what he or she wants, why not go for it right away and escape the stress and tough decisions of the typical college application process?

Six Words of Advice for Parents of College-Bound Juniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It may be hard for parents to watch students struggle at first with this important task, just as it wasn't easy to watch them strike out at the plate, listen to their first violin solo or feel them let the clutch out too soon.

5 Important Things To Remember When You're Rejected

Madonna Matta | Posted 06.10.2014 | Teen
Madonna Matta

Remember the dreaded thin letter is simply a thin letter. This piece of paper says nothing about your worth, creativity or potential.

My Personal, Never-ending March Madness

Casey Miller | Posted 06.05.2014 | Teen
Casey Miller

This March was one of the most stressful, hectic months of my life. I feel like everything was either beginning or ending for me, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to decide what I should be letting go, what I should be working hard on and what I must learn to laugh off.

College Admissions: All Over But the Waiting

Linda Flanagan | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Linda Flanagan

Being put on the wait list is not unlike being told by your prom-date hopeful, "I think you're great, and if Sally tells me no, you're it!" To be wait listed is to be second string, the understudy, a B-list invite.