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ARCHIVES Something New - Something Old |
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| Editor's Note |
There will be no HSCW published next week due to Thanksgiving.
|How Do You Get Poor Kids to Apply to Great Colleges? |
Smithsonian Magazine - Nov 18, 2013
Sometimes, late at night, you stare out your window at the black Nebraska sky and wonder if you really are a freak like everyone at school says. It’s not just the pile of Jane Austens under your bed...
|New Youth CareerConnect Grants for High School Announced |
EdWeek - Nov 18, 2013
Making good on the administration's promise to invest in high school redesign, today the White House unveiled plans to give up to 40 grants totaling $100 million to high schools that partner with colleges and employers to improve student learning....
|Should We Just Start Over on Federal Financial Aid? |
Washington Monthly - Nov 18, 2013
According to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, some senators are considering if it might be a good idea to just scrap the whole system of Pell grants and subsidized federal student loans, and just start all over again....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Applicants beware: Don't forget to SIGN your application |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Nov 20, 2013
As colleges continue to deal with fallout from the redesign of the Common Application, yet another problem is beginning to emerge. Not everyone who thinks they submitted an application actually did. And why would that be?...
|Beware College Admission Games |
Poughkeepsie Journal - Nov 19, 2013
What has happened to college admissions? At the risk of sounding like my mother, I can’t help but lament the current state of affairs. Sure, while institutions always have been competitive with one another.....
|A few words of advice on extracurricular involvement |
Burlington County Times - Nov 19, 2013
“What extracurricular activities look good on a college application?” We hear this question often—many times from students who have come to view the college application process as an exercise in spin, ,...
|College Admissions: 4 Elite Honors Programs in the East |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Nov 18, 2013
Honors programs are a phenomenon that did not exist when most parents went to college. But today, many schools are touting them as a competitive tool. Some are extremely substantive and others are light in content and benefits. ....
|More ways to say ‘Why I love this college’ |
Charlotte Observer - Nov 19, 2013
Robert Cronk, author of “Concise Advice: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays” ( www.jumpstartessays.com) took issue with some of my advice in last week’s “Why this college?” column....
|Advice for Writing the "Why us?" Essay |
True Admission Blog - Nov 19, 2013
Kim Lifton, President of Wow Writing Workshop, joins us today to address the often misunderstood "Why us?" essay. The "Why us?" essay is a unique opportunity in the college application.....
SATs & ACTs
|Avoid Running Out of Time on the SAT, ACT |
US News - Nov 18, 2013
With enough practice and time, students can work through every question on the SAT or ACT. In fact, time management is often the major difference between a good test score and an excellent test score...
|Students Go To Extreme Measures To Get Higher Test Scores |
CBS Local - Miami - Nov 17, 2013
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s no secret the college admissions process can be stressful for students, especially the dreaded standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, but these days the pressure to perform is greater than ever....
|How to Clean Up Your Social Media for College Applications |
Her Campus - Nov 19, 2013
As members of the infamous Millennial Generation, a lot of us are users of social media websites. And it’s not just Facebook anymore – Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram and Foursquare are all big names in the social networking world now.....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Nov 21, 2013
College Applications and Thanksgiving
This holiday season brings plenty of good news for high school seniors. Thanksgiving is as late as it possibly can be, creating one more week to complete college applications before the holidays begin... More
|What Should School Counselors Do? |
Orlando Sentinel - Nov 18, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Bell Multicultural High School in Washington D.C. last week and told its students that it was up to them to get in to college. They couldn't count on teachers, counselors,......
|Guidance counselor answers top 10 college questions |
Orlando Sentinel - Nov 18, 2013
For answers to key questions high schoolers should be asking as they prepare for college, we turned to Deborah Mahany, guidance director at Lake Mary High School in Florida......
|Using a personality inventory to make college and career decisions |
Boston College Admissions Examiner - Nov 19, 2013
When looking for an independent college admissions counselor, it is advisable for students to consider one who is trained to administer the MBTI Personality Inventory. This article will cover what the MBTI Personality Inventory is and why it can be of help to the college bound student.....
|17 great holiday gifts for college students |
CBS News MoneyWatch - Nov 19, 2013
(MoneyWatch) With Thanksgiving coming unusually late this year, now is the time to start searching for Christmas gifts for college students. On the list are some hot new electronic ideas, some traditional gift suggestions and even jazzy new inventions...
|Not Your Father’s Shop Class |
Washington Monthly - Nov 18, 2013
In recent years, employment rates among young people have declined more rapidly than among any other group—just 30 percent of teens have jobs today, compared to about 50 percent in 2001....
|Michael Kerwin: The Future of Training May Be Vocational Education |
manufacturing.net - Nov 19, 2013
On today’s episode we speak with Michael Kerwin, President of NTMA Training Centers of Southern California, who provides a look into the important role that vocational education will play in the future of training America’s workforce....
True Admissions Blog - Nov 14, 2013
Have a question about a gap year? Scholarships? Guidebooks for your college search? Undocumented students? Learning differences? Don't forget to take advantage of our extensive listing of Resources! ..
|Alabama ends high school graduation exam |
Ledger-Enquirer - Nov 15, 2013
Local school officials knew the past few years that the Alabama High School Graduation Exam would be discontinued, but they still welcomed the news this week that the state's board of education voted to officially end the test.....
Teens Mental Illness
|Note to Mentally Ill Teens: You’re On Your Own |
Time - Nov 19, 2013
It’s a good thing for teenagers they’re as young as they are, otherwise we’d call them crazy. You don’t get to be volatile, moody, demanding and narcissistic, sleep all day, stay up all night and fall in love every 25 minutes without earning yourself a psychiatric diagnosis or two.....
SATs & ACTs
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