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There will be no HSCW published next week due to Thanksgiving.
|A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Important Than Ever |
Forbes - Nov 16, 2016
n our fractious world, discussions can all too often degenerate into arguments and shouting matches. The recent presidential election provides the most extreme case in point. The Chronicle of Higher Education has reported, for example, ..
|What Trump’s Election Means for College Students and Parents |
TIME - Nov 9, 2016
In the short term, not much. Longer term could be a different story. Here's what we know now. Elections, as they say, have consequences, and last night’s presidential victory of Donald J. Trump may have more than most...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|How Many Colleges You Should Apply To |
Teen Vogue - Nov 15, 2016
With college acceptance rates at many Ivy League schools bottoming out at 5 and 6%, or even lower like Stanford’s 4.69%, crafting a manageable and realistic list of schools to which to apply can start to sound like equal parts science and sorcery. How many is too many? How few are too few? , ..
|What's Your Major? Be Ready to Answer |
Lamorinda Weekly - Nov 16, 2016
Thousands of high school seniors cruise through college applications, completing basic contact information, high school coursework and grades, test scores and activities without a hitch. But these same students often cringe when asked "Indicate Your Major."..
|3 Overlooked Ways to Use Social Media to Research Colleges |
US News - Nov 14, 2016
You've likely heard about the downsides of social media and how oversharing and unprofessional comments can wreak havoc on your application. But social media can also be a great tool for college-bound students:, ..
|Social media profile may help high school students |
MycentralJersey - Nov 10, 2016
The list of items required for college applications hadn’t changed much over the years: Official high school transcript, SAT scores, essay, and recommendation letters. But recently, some “social media experts” have been advising high school seniors to go one step further and create elaborate LinkedIn profiles to impress college admissions officers..
|How to conquer the dreaded college application essay |
Washington Post - Nov 10, 2016
Six hundred fifty words to change your life. With only that much to work with, Scheherazade, the storytelling Arabian princess of “One Thousand and One Nights,” would have been done before 10 on the first night, even if she weighed each word as carefully as a high school senior t..
Letters of Recommendation
|How to Ask Teachers for College Recommendations |
Teen Vogue - Nov 14, 2016
Filling out college applications is stressful enough as it is, but asking teachers for college recommendation letters can account for serious anxiety.
Many of us have trouble accepting a simple compliment, let alone asking one of our superiors to write a whole letter singing our praises — a letter our futures practically depend on...
|Shy Student’s Guide to Getting A Teacher Recommendation |
Gazettes - Nov 13, 2016
This year several students wishing to apply to private schools made claims that they could not get any of their junior or senior year teachers to write them recommendations. Eventually the truth emerged: they were too nervous to ask for a recommendation....
|A College Counselor's Guide On How To Ask for a Teacher’s Recommendation |
University Herald - Nov 15, 2016
Shy students often miss out on many things, and at times find it hard to approach people for various purposes. One such problem that shy students have is the difficulty in asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation to apply for college. For this, a college counselor shares some tips...
Campus Visits and Interviews
|How to prep for your college interview |
Tribune News Service - Nov 9, 2016
Most go well, but practice and research the school to ensure you succeed. Sweaty palms, churning stomach and the deer-in-the-headlights look are common anticipated experiences for high school seniors when approaching their first college interview. ....
|4 Things Admissions Officers Are Looking for in Your Interview |
Her Campus - Nov 9, 2016
Your applications are in, you’re eagerly waiting acceptances and you’ve even landed an interview or two ––you’re off to a great start! But, now that your interviews are just around the corner, you may be wondering what admissions officers are really looking for.....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Nov 17, 2016
College Access under President Trump It really should come as no surprise that the results of a presidential election lead to change. Just like the start of a new school year, or getting a new principal, change requires us to focus on what we do and how we do it in a brand new way... More
|4 Tips for High School Officials to Manage Student Protests |
US News - Nov 14, 2016
Teens across the country walked out of class last week to protest the presidential election of Donald Trump.
"There was a lot of anger about a lot of hatred that students are perceiving from this president-elect," says Sam Pasarow, principal of Berkeley High School in California, ..
|ASCA Releases Guidance to Support Students Affected by 2016 Election |
ASCA Press Release - Nov 15, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) released Helping Students After the 2016 Election, an online reference to help school counselors and educators support students following the recent presidential election. ..
|Kizoa Launches International Education Program ‘Kizoa for Schools’ |
HSCW Contributer Blog - Nov 16, 2016
Kizoa, an online movie editing application, today announced the launch of its international school program, Kizoa for Schools. According to a report published by Campaign for America’s Future and the National Education Association, most state legislatures have passed new state budgets that have a huge negative effect on public education,..
|College Admissions: Must-Have Books |
Huffington Post - Nov 14, 2016
Parents, are you wondering what to get your college-bound student this holiday season? Students, are you struggling with the perfect gift for your parents? Well, Santa and the elves have some ideas for you on the best books to give this year. Pair them up with a Kindle Fire and an IRIS Pen Scanner,.....
|9 Signs That Your Teen Graduates with Student Loans |
The College Solution Blog - Nov 11, 2016
Many people don’t know how much they’ve borrowed from college until they graduate. Often they don’t realize that all the financial aid they received was actually loans until they receive their first repayment notice.....
SATs & ACTs
|ACT to debut new supports for English learners on 2017-18 tests |
Education Dive - Nov 16, 2016
Achievement gaps between English learners and their English-speaking peers are substantial, but districts are hard-pressed to determine how much of that gap is based on an inability to convey knowledge because of the language barrier.....
|Your Admission Tests Study Toolbox |
Uloop - Nov 14, 2016
Why are admission tests still a thing? Applying to grad school is already stressful enough, and then they want to add some standardized test on top of it that will show the school your worth? Oh joy.....
|Can a free SAT prep class ever be as good as pricey in-person ones? |
Washington Post - Nov 10, 2016
When Nathan Bernard took the PSAT his freshman and sophomore years of high school, he admits, he didn’t take the test seriously. “I don’t think I brought a calculator,” the blond 17-year-old said, laughing, on a recent Sunday afternoon at his home in Alexandria, Va. .....
|Going to college? First you have to FAFSA |
Hattiesburg American - Nov 16, 2016
Think playing on sports' travel team will help your kids get a college scholarship? Think again. Commentator John U. Bacon advises that they hit the books instead....
Career and Technical Education
|Calif. education leaders launch college promise campaign |
eCampusnews - Nov 10, 2016
Valley education leaders launched the Central Valley Promise campaign on Nov. 2 in front of an audience of 600 students grades 6-11, elected officials and community leaders. The Central Valley Promise is a community-wide effort to promote college as a viable option for youth in the region. To increase access to higher education,...
|Teens with asthma almost twice as likely to smoke as their healthy counterparts |
ScienceDaily - Nov 11, 2016
Curiosity is a driving factor in why most kids start smoking, and the same is true for kids with asthma. A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found adolescents with asthma were twice as likely to smoke as kids without asthma ...
SATs & ACTs
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