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High School Seniors

18 Things I've Learned Before Turning 18

Hannah Strohmeier | Posted 04.03.2014 | Teen
Hannah Strohmeier

As my 18th birthday is quickly approaching, I have compiled a list of, what I consider to be, pretty valuable lessons. Here are 18 things I have figured out before I reach this milestone that is important to every teenager.

Don't Wait to Try to Get Off a College Waitlist

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.01.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

First of all, congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible.

March Madness for College Admissions Decisions

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

Just as the top college basketball teams are competing their way towards the April 7 National Championship Game, so are high schools seniors as they learn which colleges have accepted, waitlisted or rejected them.

College Preadmit Programs: What Are They and Why You Should Attend!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.28.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Before you act on those last two items, though, I urge you to take advantage of any preadmit programs (aka, admitted student days, admit weekend) that colleges offer you and other accepted students.

The Moment I Knew I Had A Lot More To Teach My Daughter About Life

Posted 03.20.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

It was the first day of Becky Blades' daughter's senior year of high school, and Blades was feeling emotional. She walked into her daughter's room ...

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.

Spoonful of Sugar for Waiting College Applicants

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

It is important that we, as adults, remember to help students see that they can succeed and be happy at many colleges. As they wait for and learn which colleges have accepted them, we need to help them see the powerful of the options they do and will have.

Surprise! Two Bumps and One Jump-Start for High School Seniors on the Road to College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.14.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For some students there may be a few unexpected bumps before they hit the road for college.

The Waiting Game

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Each year, high school seniors spend the month of March in a nail-biting, gut-churning, adrenaline-fueled state of anticipation. Here are some things to keep in mind if you receive a denial letter from your first pick college.

We Must Inoculate Against Senioritis

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.13.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

You would think colleges would send out senioritis alerts to remind those of you who have been accepted that you still have work to do. But they do not. Freshman through junior years get you in; senior year performance keeps you in.

10 Ways to Have a Gold Medal-Worthy Senior Year

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Colleges want students who take their academics to the next level. Senior year of high school should be a time for mastery, of exploration and of rigor.

Hey Guys! Let's Go to a (College) Fair!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

College fairs are unique opportunities for you to meet college admissions people face to face and begin the process of showing colleges your "demonstrated interest."

High School Seniors' January - June College Admissions To Do's, Redux 2014

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Seniors! If you're not completely finished with your college applications now, surely you will be very soon. There are a few more things you need to do before you say "buh bye" to high school.

The Consequences Of Senioritis

Jonathan Ng | Posted 03.04.2014 | Teen
Jonathan Ng

Do you ask your parents to call you in "sick" for school in the morning? Is homework becoming optional? Playing video games rather than studying for that big exam tomorrow? Do you frequently leave school grounds in the middle of the school day? Are you a senior?

A $10,000 Scholarship for College-Bound High School Girls -- The Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship

Diane Propsner | Posted 02.25.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

In a recent blog post, How to Afford a Quality College Education for Your Daughter, I wrote about the affordability of attending a women's college. Hi...

Pesky Grammatical Mistakes That College Admissions Applicants Make (How and Why to Avoid Them)

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

As I look at college application essays these days, I am struck by how many of even the best and the brightest students seem not to know English grammar and punctuation rules.

10 Questions Every High School Senior Is Sick Of Answering

Posted 12.06.2013 | Teen

Newsflash: Senior year of high school can get pretty stressful -- and it doesn't help that it's nearly impossible to escape the throttle of questions ...

Knock-Em-Dead College Admissions Interviews

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

It's almost Thanksgiving. Are you one of the scores of students who has already turned in an early college application? If yes, good for you. Even if you haven't, it's time to begin thinking about college admissions interviews.

Thanksgiving Thoughts for Parents of Pre-College and College Kids

Jodi Okun | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Despite all of the hustle and bustle, parents need to find a few moments to sit down and have a conversation with their near-adult children to make sure everything is going well. Here are a few topics you might want to cover.

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.

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.