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College Admissions Process/Strategies
|College Is the Goal. Will These Three Teenagers Get There? |
New York Times - Oct 20, 2016
He is Nate in the country and Nathan in the city, torn between two worlds. Nathan Triggs lives with his mother in Topeka on weekdays. On weekends, he drives his scruffy Chevy S-10 pickup truck to his father’s farm outside Holton, population 3,300, about 45 minutes to the north., ..
|Procrastination – Avoid it |
Tribune News Service - Oct 20, 2016
Recently I had a funny ironic moment with a student. We were reviewing his Common Application essay. He had chosen to respond to Prompt # 4 – Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, ..
|What a College’s ‘Official’ Acceptance Rate May Be Hiding From You |
TIME - Oct 21, 2016
This time each fall, thousands of high-achieving, hyper-involved high school seniors pore over the applications they’ll submit to a crop of the country’s top colleges. It’s a complicated, anxiety-inducing experience for a variety of reasons ..
|Going Beyond The College Admission Sales Pitch |
Forbes - Oct 25, 2016
When talk of college admission arises, it usually centers on the admission office and its staff. They are the main sources of guidance for anyone interested in their institutions, providing plenty of information ..
|Avoid 3 Common Mistakes U.S. Applicants to Global Universities Make |
US News - Oct 25, 2016
Studying at a global university can bring an impressive array of benefits: low or free tuition, language fluency, cultural exchange and an impressive resume boost for a 21st century career. Gaining entrance to and maximizing your experience at an international university, ..
|The four biggest mistakes students make when applying to college |
Washington Post - Oct 20, 2016
A rite of fall has arrived — it’s college admissions season for this year’s high-school seniors. As I’ve traveled around the country in recent weeks to talk about my new book, There Is Life After College, high-school students and their parents have been asking me plenty of questions , ..
|7 Things NOT to Consider When Deciding Where to Apply to College |
US News - Oct 26, 2016
Choosing a college can be stressful, but what's even more stressful? Deciding where to actually apply! While the internet is overflowing with factors you should consider when you're applying to college, talking about the things you shouldn't consider seems to be taboo. The application process can be overwhelming (especially when you have your dad helping you with your personal essays ..
|What Happens to Students Who Back Out of Early Decision Offers |
US News - Oct 24, 2016
Students accepted to college via early decision are able to nail down their postgraduation plans well ahead of their peers and enjoy the remainder of high school stress-free. But teens generally must attend a school if they get in via early decision. ..
Letters of Recommendation
|Make Sure You Get the Best College Recommendation Letters |
TeenLife Blog - Oct 21, 2016
Recommendation letters. Every student needs them. Almost all teachers dread having to write them, especially if they barely know you. That’s why it’s crucial that you prepare and ask the right people to write your recommendations. The letters are a part of the college application process and they should be taken seriously...
|Tips for College Visits |
ABC-27 - Oct 25, 2016
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Next to a home or a vehicle, a college education is a big investment. That’s why high school students and their parents should take the time to tour colleges and universities....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Oct 27, 2016
Senior Panic, and What to Do About It Just one look, and you know something’s different. They came to school a handful of weeks ago, nicely tanned, hugely stoked, ready to rule the school. ,.. More
|How School Counselors Can Help Your Student |
WTAJ - Oct 24, 2016
As the school year is well underway, students may need some additional support to help them cope with growing pains. School counselors are an excellent resource to help your child. They can also serve as a support in difficult times in and out of school. . ..
|Don’t Pay $280,00 for a Bachelor’s Degree |
The College Solution Blog - Oct 23, 2016
Plenty of parents, who enroll in my online course – The College Cost Lab – are affluent and highly educated. Quite a few of these moms and dads would like to see their children attend elite schools.. ..
|7 Tips to Help Your High Schooler Remain Motivated Throughout Senior Year |
Parents Herald - Oct 23, 2016
Often perceived as a benign and expected phenomenon in the last year of high school, "?senioritis ?" is actually laced with many misconceptions regarding its impact - since it can have long-term consequences that may impact your child's futuoler Remain Motivated Throughout Senior. ..
|4 Best Places to Find College Scholarships |
TIME - Oct 26, 2016
Simplify your search for free money with these quick tips. Given today’s intimidating college costs, figuring out how to finance your higher education can be just as important as earning admission to a great school. ..
|Nonprofit debunks college financial aid myths |
Clarion Ledger - Oct 23, 2016
Get2College, a program of the nonprofit Education Services Foundation, is spending this month debunking the myths about applying for financial aid for college. One such myth? Applying for financial aid for college involves a credit check and obligates the student to take out a loan. ..
|How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay |
TIME - Oct 21, 2016
So when you start writing that essay, says Ellis, you should think about two things: Who are the people behind this scholarship looking for? And why are they giving away the money? You should tailor your essay around those two questions ..
|5 Misconceptions About College Aid |
MorningStar News - Oct 21, 2016
Many people assume that the FAFSA doesn't apply to them. Perhaps they assume their family's income is too high to qualify for need-based aid, so filling out the FAFSA would be a waste of time. Or maybe they think it's too big a hassle. ..
|BBB Tip of the Week: Avoid scholarship scams |
The Spokesman-Review - Oct 23, 2016
Are you going back to school or have a child who is looking to attend a higher education institution in the next year? Paying for higher education is rising exponentially and the offer ..
Career and Technical Education
|‘College Is Not the Only Option’ |
New York Times - Oct 26, 2016
But the counselors did not assume that all students aspired to go to college. “College is not the only option,” Angela Locke, a guidance counselor, told the audience. “Sometimes it’s not even the best option.” ....
|Address Income Inequality through Investing in CTE Skills Training |
Huffington Post - Oct 23, 2016
Income inequality is rising across the United States. There are many ways to measure this growing gap in pay, but there is broad-based evidence that it is real. California is an interesting laboratory for examining innovative ways to address the income inequality challenge....
|HOW TO GET NOTICED BY COLLEGE SPORTS RECRUITERS |
CollegeVine Blog - Oct 26, 2016
Being a high school athlete can be a strong selling point on your college application for a number of different reasons. First, it shows your dedication and discipline, and can often exemplify your leadership skills if you take on the role of a captain or manager. If you are a highly successful high school athlete..
|Recruiting Tip: Ask the experts |
USA today HSS - Oct 24, 2016
Over the past several years we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing some of the top college coaches in the country. Their perspective on college recruiting is invaluable. Here are some of the highlights. ..
|UT Austin Launches the TEXAS MicroMajor for High School Students |
UT News - Oct 21, 2016
AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin is launching the TEXAS MicroMajor™, a new initiative to help high school students become better prepared for success at leading universities. The MicroMajor program builds on UT Austin’s leadership in working with school districts, ..
|SC ACT scores not quite what they seem |
The State - Oct 21, 2016
Critics were ready with the charge that we need to fix this “broken system” when South Carolina’s ACT scores came out for the class of 2016: In the first year that all juniors took the test, the composite average dropped from 21.4 to 18.5. ..
Teen Mental Health
|High Rate of Risky Sexual Behavior in Teens With Mental Illness |
Medscape - Oct 26, 2016
Young people with mental health disorders have many needs with regard to their sexual health, new research shows. A study that examined sexual health in persons aged 15 to 24 years who were attending a mental health clinic for a variety of mental disorders found low rates of contraception and high rates .. ..
|Signs Your Teen Is Mentally Healthy |
Huffington Post - Oct 24, 2016
Depression is a big issue among teens. In fact, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 3.2 million Canadian youth ages 12 to 19 years old are at risk for developing the mental illness... ..
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