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Summer Resource Guide - 2013

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Big Picture

Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist
NPR.org  - May 30, 2013
The University of Tennessee became one of 10 state university systems teaming up with Coursera, a for-profit tech company.....
Financial strain is number one reason students drop out of college
Grand Rapids College Admissions Examiner  - Jun 3, 2013
Students are expected to pay more than ever for their college education. According to Sallie Mae, students are paying for 30% of their college tuition, whereas four years ago students were only paying 24% of that bill....
An issue of highest (educational) importance: Column
USA Today  - Jun 4, 2013
To meet the growing social and economic demands for college graduates, we must provide more accessible educational options. Competency-based learning needs to be at the center of our discussions....
Students Want, But Aren't Getting, 21st-Century-Skills Training
Ed Week  - May 30, 2013
A new Gallup poll shows that young adults recognize the value of 21st-century skills, such as problem-solving, global awareness, and communication, but say they didn't get enough of an opportunity in high school or college to develop them...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Countdown to College: Securing solid letters of recommendation
Charlotte Observer  - Jun 3, 2013
The letter of recommendation will never outweigh a studentís performance in the classroom, but it can be a tipping factor in the college admissions process. There are three types:...
On College: A 'major' disagreement over what to study
San Jose Mercury News  - Jun 1, 2013
Question: I just finished my junior year in high school. My parents and I have started looking into colleges but we disagree on the major. They really want me to be a doctor and study biology, but I really did not like or do well in AP Biology this year. I really love history, but they are worried that I won't make any money. Any advice?...
June College Checklist for Juniors
New York Times - The Choice  - Jun 3, 2013
High school graduations, N.B.A. finals, the first days of summer and the last days of school make it easy to get wrapped up in fun and festivities. However, this month also offers many opportunities for rising seniors to continue the college admission process....
5 Things Rising Seniors Need To Do This Summer
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jun 3, 2013
The end of junior year is a landslide: SATs, ACTs, Subject Tests, AP Tests, proms, sports playoffs, and final exams. By the time summer comes, itís tempting to just sit back and forget the whole college process even exists. ...
Canadian Universities Seek to Enroll More Americans
Washington Monthly  - Jun 3, 2013
Canadian universities, hoping to take advantage of growing concern over high tuition in the United States, are looking to recruit south of the border....
Internships Becoming New Normal for High School Students
US News University  - Jun 5, 2013
To improve their chances at getting accepted to college, high school students need to have more than just good grades. However, joining a few clubs or volunteering may no longer be enough to make an application stand out...
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College Admission Resources

The Common Data Set Part 1: Where college guide books get their numbers
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jun 1, 2013
Did you ever wonder where all those weighty college guide books get their information? Are you curious about how publications like US News and World Report collect data for rankings? Would you like to go directly to the source?...
The Common Data Set Part 2: An amazing college search tool
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jun 5, 2013
Top 10 College Admissions Websites
GoLocalWorcester  - Jun 1, 2013
Books, websites, magazines, blogs, newsletters! You could fill a local library today with nothing but college admission resources. The array of information is mind-boggling. :...
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Pre Frosh

5 Things To Do Before High School Graduation
Her Campus  - Jun 3, 2013
Congratulations pre-collegiettes! Youíre almost out of high school and on to bigger and better things! But before you figure out your arrangements for next year and start meeting your future peers, there are a couple of loose ends you need to tie up at the end of your high school career!...
30 Practical Things Students Need to Know How to Do Before Heading Off to College
Huffington Post  - Jun 3, 2013
Every year about this time, I begin providing recent high school graduates with information about how to make the most out of their first year in college. I tell them why they should arrive on campus early in the fall, how to choose classes that they will like and do well in first semester...
The 7 Thank You Notes You Need to Write After Getting Into College
Her Campus  - Jun 5, 2013
Once college applications, financial aid forms, and scholarships are all filled out, the only things you want to do are kick back, relax, and re-read your well-earned acceptance letter....
June College Checklist for Seniors
New York Times - The Choice  - Jun 3, 2013
The graduation invitations have been sent, and all that is left of high school may be giving handshakes, receiving diplomas and accepting well-deserved awards. Congratulations! You are on your way!...
5 things I wish someone had told me about college
USA Today  - Jun 5, 2013
If given the chance to do college over again, this recent Syracuse University grad might do a few things differently. If someone had told her about them, that is....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jun 5, 2013
The Best Counselor Summer Ever
The end of the school year is almost in sight. Youíve seen a few students wearing shorts, the maple keys are starting to sprout into small trees on the far side of the school playground, and budget requests for next year have been returnedódenied, but returned.... More

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Should You Take the ACT or SAT?
The College Solution Blog  - Jun 5, 2013
Check out this YouTube video for some great tips about prepping and preparing for Saturday's SAT. You would think these would be no-brainers, but we can't tell you how many sob stories we've heard from students who didn't follow this advice...
4 Tips for the Day Before and 4 Tips for the Morning of the SAT
True Admissions Blog  - May 30, 2013
Check out this YouTube video for some great tips about prepping and preparing for Saturday's SAT. You would think these would be no-brainers, but we can't tell you how many sob stories we've heard from students who didn't follow this advice...
College Admissions: SAT Myths Busted
GoLocalWorcester  - Jun 1, 2013
For high school juniors, SAT time has arrived. Many are beginning test prep courses and going online to register for winter and spring test dates. The SAT has undergone some significant changes over the last 5 years, making it a very different test from when parents were applying to colleges..,...
College Admissions: What Your PSAT Scores Really Mean
GoLocalWorcester  - Jun 1, 2013
PSAT scores will arrive for anxious high school students this week. These scores mark the time when sophomores and juniors can begin to target colleges that are in range. Realistically, there are only 5 months left for juniors to visit colleges before campuses empty out in the first week of May. In the fall,...

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The Little Word that Means a Lot in College Admissions
Lamorindaweekly  - Jun 5, 2013
Many parents are surprised to discover that unless their child is failing and placed on academic probation they will not hear from the student's college or university. They are also surprised to hear that they no longer have access to their college student's grades without his or her written consent....
Parents Should Find Help Now to Pay for Kids' College Later
CNBC  - Jun 3, 2013
Save what you can, and don't sweat the sticker price. That's the message parents who are paralyzed by the rising cost of college tuition should be taking to heart, said Timothy Knotts, a certified financial planner with Hogan-Knotts Financial Group in Red Bank, N.J....
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College funding help for neglected middle-income families
PhillyBurbs  - Jun 5, 2013
Amid the headlines regarding college debt and the ongoing debate about how to pay for that degree, there is good news for middle-income families coming out of Harrisburg: lawmakers in both chambers are backing legislation designed to make it easier for middle-income families to afford access to the Pennsylvania college or university of their choice....
College graduates leave N.E. at fastest rate in US
Boston Globe  - Jun 3, 2013
A year after graduation, the study found, only 63.6 percent of 2008 graduates of New England schools were still living in the region, with the rest leaving for better jobs, lower costs of living, or more familiar territory after years away from home...
Rhode Island public schools: Disproportionate suspensions
WCVB-TV  - Jun 5, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. óBlack and Hispanic students are much more likely than white students to be punished with an out-of-school suspension at Rhode Island public schools, according to a report released Wednesday by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union...
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Teen Driving

Insurance agent shares tips for safe teen driving
Carroll County Times  - Jun 3, 2013
With the long days of school ending, more new drivers and teenagers will be on the road in the summer. Tim Hopkins, a State Farm agent based in Westminster discussed some of the ways parents can help first-time drivers navigate the road this summer.....
Study: Texting while driving now leading cause of death for teen drivers
Newsday  - Jun 3, 2013
Texting while driving has become a greater hazard than drinking and driving among teenagers who openly acknowledge sending and reading text messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle......


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