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Got College Prep Questions? Answers Are Here!

Jeannie Borin | Posted 08.04.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Whether they are questions about college lists, filling out applications, writing resumes and essays, visiting colleges or who to ask for recommendations, getting the appropriate guidance is crucial.

College Admissions Strategy

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Select college essay topics that are unique. Present yourself as a diversified individual. Do not repeat what is elsewhere on your application. The essay is an opportunity to let admission officers know another side of you.

Why Glitter May be Better Than Math Camp

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

Everyone experiences regret at one point or another -- it's part of life. And I'm not just talking about that spring break trip to Mexico, the unfortunate tattoo or that horrible haircut you had senior year in high school.

Why (Soccer/Baseball/Lacrosse) Moms Wish for Rain

Kerry Lyons | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I'm hoping for cancellations. Dreaming of flooded fields so we can hit snooze on Saturday, snuggle in front of a movie on Sunday or simply get to bed at a decent hour during the week. And if the chatter on the sidelines in our little town is any indication, I'm not alone.

Dear Parents, Are You Tired of Being Tired? Amen.

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Valerie DeLoach

We go, go, go, go all the days. Our schedules are marked on and highlighted and color-coded as we race from one activity to the next or divide and conquer while kids have different activities in totally different cities.

Are You Ready For College Prep This Summer?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.26.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Although many decisions are made during senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. Here's a list of college prep action steps that will help students stay focused and on track.

Action Steps for Early College Prep

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend.

Students Ask College Prep Questions That Get Answers

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

College officers understand that not everyone can visit colleges. Between plane fare, rental cars and hotel stays, it can get costly. Students can visit colleges in their area to get an idea of college life and what they would like.

You're Just Not Good Enough for College!

Cate Pane | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

As parents, we can choose not to "buy into" the culture of competition within which are teens are living.

Advice for a Student Starting College

Derek Bok | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Derek Bok

Several million students will soon be entering college. If you are among them, you will have received much advice from parents and friends, and you will soon hear more from college officials. But you might also want to know what researchers have discovered about some important choices you will make that could have much to do with what you gain from your next four years.

5 Ways to Chase Your Passions in High School

Shoham Geva | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Shoham Geva

When it comes to applying to college, it's no longer just about the 4.0. Now it's about what you've done outside the classroom. Here's a sampler of some popular organizations that give students the chance to follow their passions in a big way.

Be A Part of Something Big

Bailey Reagan | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Bailey Reagan

Instead of taking the back seat in society, the "OKs" of my generation have started protests, written articles and initiated campaigns to fight against our superiors.

Coping With Expensive Kids' Extracurricular Activities

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Jason Alderman

If your kids participate in extracurricular activities, whether it's sports, music lessons or art classes, you could be on the hook for hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars in additional expenses throughout the year if you're not careful.

San Francisco: Where Age Is Just a Number

Lewis Krell | Posted 09.21.2013 | San Francisco
Lewis Krell

Many things will change during your time here but the one thing that will remain constant is that at no point will anyone ask you 'how old are you?' but rather 'how long have you lived here?'

How High Schoolers Can Find and Benefit From a Mentor

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

What do Gwyneth Paltrow, Yves St. Lauren and Bob Dylan have in common? All of them got to the top of their fields with the support of a mentor. Mado...

Knowing Your Child

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Getting to know your child isn't always as easy as it seems. It requires tuning into him and tuning out what others might be doing.

The Top 5 Worst Mistakes American Parents Make

Emma Jenner | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

After working in England, Germany and the United States and hearing from friends who live all over the world, I've noticed a few places where modern American parents could use a bit of extra coaching.

Google Search Is a Teen's "Best Friend" When Looking for College Admissions Information

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.25.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

The City of San Diego Public Library system is at the forefront in California, if not the U.S., in providing information and resources about college a...

What College Admissions Offices Look for in Extracurricular Activities

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Colleges care about the character of people they admit; therefore, what you do after school, during weekends and over summers tells them a lot about the kind of person you are.

Let Go of What Doesn't Work -- and Find Something That Does

Maureen Anderson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

"What do you like about piano?" I asked my daughter a few years ago when we were on our way to register for her ninth year of lessons. "Being able to say I haven't quit," she told me. Uh-oh.

More Than Just Numbers: TAFE and the Role of Extracurriculars in Forming Students

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

They were what our school system considers "high risk". I always thought of them as "high potential".

What I Finally Realized My Family Needs Most

Kerry Lyons | Posted 04.19.2013 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I yearn for those moments. I yearn for lazy Saturday mornings spent lounging in pajamas -- not for my sake (although, it sure would be nice to catch up on some sleep!), but for our sake. We need them. We cherish those moments. And they are far too rare.

Do Kids Have the Chance to Be Kids Today?

Andy Braner | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

When my first son turned 6 years old, a new era began in our family. We were ushered quickly into the wonderful world of YMCA soccer. When you graduate from Gerber baby food to the fresh-cut grass pitch of the local Y soccer league, you're in for a treat.

I Am The Anti-Soccer Mom

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

I feel guilty because my kids don't do enough, then feel guilty when I make them participate. I came to the point where I had to make a decision for our family.

ReThink Interview: Katie Dellamaggiore and Alexis Parades of Brooklyn Castle

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film follows five students, showing the impact chess and being on the team has on their lives, and how those gains may be erased when the economic meltdown forces budget cuts that may hamper the team's ability to compete at the highest levels.