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College Admissions Process/Strategies
|College Admissions: Why GPA’s Lie |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Dec 5, 2016
Every year, we hear the sad stories of students with seemingly high GPAs who were rejected from most of their colleges. While SAT/ACT scores and extra-curriculars may tell part of the story, one of the biggest reasons is GPA....
|How To Make Deadlines Work For You |
Forbes - Dec 6, 2016
“Welcome to grown-up life.” It’s one of my favorite things I tell my students. While applying to college is a right of passage, it’s also many students’ first encounters with the demands they will encounter in the professional world. As the co-founder of a company that prepares high school students for college, ...
|How to Deal with Early Decision News, Good or Bad |
Her Campus - Dec 7, 2016
If you’re applying to schools early, you’re likely to be feeling anxious about recent or upcoming deadlines, as well as the prospect of upcoming acceptance or deferral letters. ....
|Regroup After an Early Admission College Rejection |
US News - Dec 5, 2016
There are two potential advantages to early decision and early action. If it succeeds, you gain entry to your first-choice college with a single application. If not, you gain valuable data that will improve your regular admissions chances....
|Ten Last Minute Tips For Crushing The College Application Essay |
Forbes - Dec 2, 2016
College application deadlines are creeping up on students like Marley’s ghost in A Christmas Carol, so I’ll keep this entry about application essays short and to the point, hoping they can avoid his fate (“I wear the chain I forged in life! I made it link by link and yard by yard!”)...
|5 Fast Starts To A Great Essay |
VOA News - Dec 6, 2016
The first paragraph of a college essay, or any essay, is usually the most challenging. It’s also the most important, because it will guide the structure and set the tone of the entire essay. In a traditional essay, the first paragraph often contains the thesis statement. This thesis statement is a one-sentence summary of the paper’s main argument....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Dec 8, 2016
New Year’s Resolutions Should Include Counselor PD If any group knows the limits of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s school counselors. Like everyone else, we have friends whose December 31 plans for the perfect life are in tatters by January 2nd. But we also have the students who begin the new school year with plans to become the next Einstein.. More
|Field Trip Helps Both Students And Parents Choose The Right College |
University Herald - Dec 6, 2016
First generation college students, those who are the first in their family to apply to college after high school, often face the difficulty of making their way through the application process. And when their parents don't have any college experience, the challenge just gets tougher....
|7 Surprising College Costs No One Thinks to Budget For |
Cheat-Sheet - Dec 2, 2016
You’ve researched tuition costs and know how much you’ll be charged for room and board, but if you thought your college bills stopped there, think again. From dorm room fridge rental to graduation fees, surprise expenses can add thousands of dollars to total college costs....
SATs & ACTs
|What to Know About Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) |
TeenVogue - Dec 5, 2016
Currently, millennials represent the most-educated generation in American history. Young people today know the value of a quality education, but as the price tag of post-secondary education continues to rise, young people are also well aware of how much education costs. As tuition continues to rise, students are becoming intimately familiar with financial aid, ....
Career and Technical Education
|The Loss of Technical Skills in America |
Colorado College Catalyst - Dec 5, 2016
We all have that friend—the one who speaks four languages but can’t operate a coffee maker to save his life, or ours. Yet to some extent, we’re all that friend; we tap out 20-page papers on comparative literature, we debate the merits and shortcomings of various philosophical worldviews, and we excel in the biochemical laboratory, but if a faucet starts to leak, our only recourse is to call the plumber......
|Business case for improved school counseling |
Detroit News - Dec 5, 2016
Parents will do almost anything to create better opportunities for their children, and Michigan parents can do that right now with just a couple of phone calls. House Bill 4552 is sitting in the state Senate. If passed, it will make sure school counselors are providing the latest information on college and career trends to Michigan students....
|Ohio colleges push for protections for illegal immigrants |
Dayton Daily News - Dec 5, 2016
Support for undocumented students has grown on college campuses since the election, leading more than 500 university presidents, including the University of Dayton’s Eric Spina, to sign a letter calling on the government to support a policy....
|"Very promising" findings on what helps teens with depression |
CBS News - Dec 2, 2016
For teens, depression can affect more than their relationships and educational achievement — it can harm their future prospects. But a new study suggests that many of these young people could reap long-term benefits from psychological counseling.....
|Teen Depression On Rise In US |
Chicago Tribune - Dec 2, 2016
Depression is rising among teenagers in the United States, especially among girls, a new study finds. Between 2005 and 2014, the percentage of teens (ages 12 to 17) who reported having a major depressive episode increased from 8.7 percent to 11.3 percent, according to a November study published in the journal Pediatrics......
SATs & ACTs
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