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Weigh the Pros, Cons of Attending a Women’s College in the 21st Century US News - Aug 24, 2016 When looking at schools, Kelly Alexander loved everything about Wellesley College – the faculty, campus, small classes and more – but she was apprehensive about one thing. "I kept saying to people, 'I just wish there were boys there,'" she says. But now, four years later, the 22-year-old recent graduate says she is an evangelist for women's colleges....
Do Colleges Care About Work Experience For College Admissions? Huffington Post - Aug 15, 2016 This is one of the top five questions we get at Synocate when we are helping students and parents through the college admissions process. Work experience means working at a local ice cream shop, doing paid or unpaid work at hospitals...
Why Colleges Don’t Want “Well-Rounded” Students TIME - Aug 611, 2016 Instead, show them your corners and edges, this professional college adviser says. Q. How many extracurricular activities do I need on my college applications? Is there such a thing as too many? A. The extracurricular activity conundrum: If colleges ask about students’ extracurricular activities, then does a student need to have a certain number of them? ..
College Admissions: 6 Things To Do Before School Starts GoLocalProv College Admissions - Aug 15, 2016 The beginning of the school year is just around the corner. Rather than letting it creep up on you, take the bull by the horns and start strong. A little planning can make the difference between a great year and a mediocre one. Here are a few things I suggest college-bound students do now....
College Students Share Common App Tips, Tactics US News - Jul 25, 2016 College application season is always a busy time for high school students. Every school has its own specific set of application requirements, and every student has a different set of outside responsibilities. Balancing them all can be tough....
What to know about the college admission process NJ.com - Aug 8, 2016 It is time to think about returning to school, so in the homes of many rising high school seniors that can mean only one thing: Time to think about college applications. Some students preparing for college fill out the common application online, make a short list of colleges and universities to consider and then complete the process on each institution's website or through the common app. ...
What No One Will Tell You About the New Common App Essay Prompts TIME - Aug 611, 2016 The 2016-17 Common Application platform went live last week, and in the ensuing weeks you will undoubtedly read a lot about the Common App’s personal essay. You will read about essays that worked and didn’t work. You will read about what each prompt means, which prompts are better than others, and what admissions officers are looking for in these 650-word representations of each applicant....
3 Steps To Writing a Winning College Essay The College Solution - Aug 6, 2016 After working with thousands of students from all over the world on writing the dreaded college application essay for the last eight years, I’ve finally been able to boil down the process to three simple steps.
Yes, just three steps.....
One way to write a great college admissions essay? Tell your story out loud. Washington Post - Aug 4, 2016 Carol Barash even talks like she’s writing a college application essay: The day before her father died, she said, he told her that education was changing: No longer were there few collegiate options for women, for Jewish people, for poor families. “You could go anywhere,” he told her....
Make the Most of Your College Campus Tours With These 10 Tips NBC News - Aug 17, 2016 Visiting colleges with your high school student can be an exciting first step into the next phase of their life — or it can be a logistical nightmare, full of wasted time and money. While the impulse might be to grab your kid, jump into the car and start touring schools, a bit of planning can go a long way toward making it a valuable trip. ..
3 Ways to Enhance a Virtual College Tour US News - Aug 15, 2016 Visiting a college in person is the best way to experience its atmosphere. But if your time and money are in short supply, a virtual tour can be a useful way to explore whether a school will be a great fit for you.. ..
College Visits: Do They Really Matter For College Admissions? Huffington Post - Aug 4, 2016 There is an entire industry around college visits, and usually the primary goal is to demonstrate interest to a university. In this article, we go in depth into data we have uncovered and analyzed based on years of research at Synocate.. ..
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For High School Students with ADHD, is College the Best Next Step? HSCW Contributer Blog - Aug 21, 2016 The transition from high school to college can be challenging for any student. It can be particularly stressful for students affected by Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The good news is that students with ADHD are attending college in record numbers and achieving success. How do you help determine whether college is the next best step?..
HSCW Counselors' Corners Post - Jun 30, 2016 College Readiness Checklist Fails to Make the Grade While we’ve been away this summer, the School Superintendent’s Association (AASA) has released a series of National College and Career Readiness Indicators. These three checklists can be used to determine if students will succeed in their chosen postsecondary path of college or career, along with one checklist to determine if they are, according to the Website, ready for life.. .... More
E-Counseling 2.0: Can a new wave of virtual guidance help? Hechinger Report - Aug 17, 2016 st December, when Amal Abdi found out she’d gotten into Yale early with a full scholarship, the first thing she did was call her parents, who had fled war-torn Somalia in the 1990s to start a new life in Columbus, Ohio. ....
Schools adjust as counselors' role evolves The Star Press - Aug 19, 2016 MUNCIE — It’s pretty clear that schools offer students more than just curriculum. Just look at the teacher who keeps a stash of granola bars in her desk drawer to fight distracting hunger pains. Or the principal who jumps into his own car to pick up students who can’t otherwise get there....
The Sting of Saying Goodbye to your College Freshman Tribune News Service - Aug 18, 2016 The first “letting go” is usually that tearful pre-school or kindergarten goodbye. Fast-forward 12+ years and now you’re saying goodbye to a college freshman. Karen Levin Coburn, author of “Letting Go” describes the transition to college as a “mixture of anticipation and anxiety, a sense of loneliness and freedom, fantasy and reality.”. ..
The Parents Guide to Insurance for College Students Seattle Times - Aug 4, 2016 Saying the last goodbye in the dorm parking lot, you realize more than ever that you can’t protect your child from every risk. It’s time to let go. But back at home, you can assemble a strong financial safety net. Knowing what your current insurance will pay for — and whether you need to buy extra coverage — is a good first step.. ..
3 Parenting Tips For Sending Your Child To College Huffington Post - Aug 18, 2016 Last week, I dropped my youngest daughter off to college and still felt that familiar pang in my heart. The year before I was tearful as I hugged my daughter goodbye and as I left her dorm I glanced at another mom quietly weeping as she sat at the picnic table.”. ..
Elite colleges are ditching a major admissions requirement US News - Aug 23, 2016 Conversations about SAT and ACT scores are ubiquitous among high school students applying to colleges. Increasingly, however, many colleges and universities have begun to eschew mandatory standardized test scores as requirements for their application processes.. ..
4 Ways Students Can Prepare for a Valuable PreACT Experience US News - Jul 18, 2016 ?Beginning in September 2016, the PreACT exam will be available to high school sophomores for the first time. Much like the PSAT, the PreACT offers a realistic glimpse of the ACT college entrance exam, which plays a critical role in college admissions and scholarship eligibility. ..
Advice on applying for college scholarships and financial aid Star-Telegram - Aug 24, 2016 While prospective students for next year's freshman class haven't made a decision on a college yet, the process to begin applying for financial aid is only weeks away. The date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – commonly known as the FAFSA, which many schools use to determine financial aid awards – is available three months earlier this year than in past years. ...
What You Need to Know About FAFSA Changes US News - Aug 2, 2016 While prospective students for next year's freshman class haven't made a decision on a college yet, the process to begin applying for financial aid is only weeks away. The date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – commonly known as the FAFSA, which many schools use to determine financial aid awards – is available three months earlier this year than in past years. ...
Before You Take On Financial Aid, Read This Forbes - Jul 26, 2016 Congratulations, you’re college bound! Now that you’ve been accepted to a school of your choice, how do you pay for it? While higher education is a great, even necessary, investment in your future, the cost of college can become a huge burden on you and your parents. ...
Is It Too Late to File a College Financial Aid Appeal for Fall Semester? TIME - Aug 2, 2016 August has arrived, and with it comes the inevitable fall payment deadline from your college. In a perfect world, families would have a plan for paying for all eight (or more) semesters, not just the next one that’s due, says Shannon Vasconcelos, a college finance consultant with advising service College Coach...
The alternative higher education: trade school Detroit Metro Times - Aug 23, 2016 Graduating from high school brings about major changes, mostly concerning the future and what you will do with it. It can be a stressful and confusing time. Parents are most likely urging you to go to college ..
Recruiting Tip: Nobody’s perfect USA Today HSS - Aug 15, 2016 Nobody is perfect, but the ideal recruit for a college coach is a student-athlete that maximizes his or her potential in the classroom, on the field, and off the field. You can’t be perfect in every area, but if you keep these thoughts in mind college coaches will be much more likely to reach out to you.. ..
Travel sports: Finding exposure for college recruiting Battle Creek Enquirer - Aug 16, 2016 Like so many high school student-athletes, Sidney Schiller wants to play her favorite sport in college. A 6-foot sophomore middle hitter for the Lakeview High School varsity volleyball team, she has already received interest from Division I programs ..
Report: Texas public universities 'dropout factories' Houston Chronicle - Aug 19, 2016 College students in Texas have just a 40 percent chance of graduating within six years, according to a recent report by a Washington think tank that calls Texas public universities "dropout factories.". ....
How Kentucky Schools Are Rejecting the ‘College Readiness’ Cookie Cutter Patheos (blog) - Aug 2, 2016 Fueled by a mix of misguided cultural pressures and misaligned government incentives, college tuition has been rising for decades, outpacing general inflation by a wide margin. Yet despite the underlying problems, our politicians seem increasingly inclined to cement the status quo. ....
More US Teens May Be Facing Depression: Here's Why Live Science - Aug 10, 2016 Across the U.S., there's been an uptick in the percentage of teens who are having episodes of depression, a new report finds. From 2013 to 2014, about one in nine teens in the United States had a major depressive episode, up from about one in 10 teens from 2012. ..
Can exercise help relieve teen depression? Harvard Health Blog - Aug 10, 2016 In recent years, the media has been awash with information on the health benefits of exercise. Exercise is known to boost mood in adults. But what about younger members of society? Based on recent, high quality survey data, we can estimate that about 11% of adolescents are depressed ..
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