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High School Seniors

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.

Letters of Recommendation: The Real Icing on Your College Admissions Cake

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

While colleges will not be happy to have you brag about yourself on your applications, it is absolutely appropriate, if not essential, for recommenders to sing your praises as enthusiastically and with as much detail as they can.

Do-It-Yourself College Applications: 10 Steps to the Common App Essay

Ruth Starkman | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

You might be relieved to know that as "complex" and "confusing" as the college application process may sound, putting together your own application and writing your essay without paid advice may, in fact, give you better results.

5 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make When Putting Together Their College Lists

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Students who choose colleges only by name, location or because their best friend is going there, and don't look into what the colleges are all about, might find themselves let down after they start college. So how do you get quality information?

7 Steps to Writing a Captivating, One-of-a-Kind College Application Essay

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.05.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Unless you really screw up, no single essay is going to get you in or out at a particular college. Having said that, doesn't it make sense for you to produce the best application essays you can?

6 Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing College Application Essays

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.24.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Personally, I am always looking for that magic piece of advice another writer has that will get me through predictable writing blocks. So, here is what different writers have shared with me about how to spend more time loving rather than hating writing.

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.

A Sense of Ending

Liz Madans | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
Liz Madans

Cultivating a sense of beginning and ending resonates with the work we do with text, teaching students to recognize the signs of change: a quickening, a turn, and an untying.

Rising Seniors' June to January Everything You Need to Do List

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Because there is so much to do, many students (and parents) worry themselves sick about getting every last piece in and on time. In order to assuage people's anxiety a bit, here is a list of things rising seniors need to do between June and the end of January.

5 Things High School Seniors Need to Do This Summer

Alyssa McCloud | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Alyssa McCloud

Should rising high school seniors have to spend their summer working on Capitol Hill, discovering cures in a research lab or volunteering in exotic, far-flung locations in order to get into the school of their choice?

The (High School) Graduate

Linda Flanagan | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Linda Flanagan

What do the criers feel that I don't? Maybe a greater awareness of the passage of time. Loss -- of their own time, and of their children's. A premonition about the void that will take place in a few months, when their offspring will leave their original home and make a new one someplace else.

Coming of Age

Write for the Future | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Alec Harris I entered seventh grade with a mustache that made me look like I was 30. My thin legs made me ripe for the nickname of Frog. Then my...