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Summer Resource Guide - 2013

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Affirmative Action In 2013: Breaks Should Be Based On Economic Need — Not Race - OnPoint - May 21, 2013
We’re in for biblical wailing and gnashing of teeth if a pending Supreme Court ruling overturns the University of Texas’s race-based affirmative action program. Schools around the country are bracing for the decision .....
PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE COLLEGE: Which Is Better For Your Wallet?
Business Insider  - May 21, 2013
At a time when college costs more than ever and we're facing a $1 trillion student debt bubble, it's no surprise the whole "Is College Even Worth It?" debate is still going strong....
Proposal to Cut Student Loan Interest Rate to Near-Zero Percent  - May 10, 2013
Today, more and more attention is being paid to the $1.1 trillion in outstanding student loans owed by more than 38 million American borrowers. That’s because student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt for the first time....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Need-to-know items for college admission
Cleveland Colleges Examiner  - May 21, 2013
This is the first of a series covering some need-to-know information about college admission. The information discussed is most pertinent to rising seniors, but rising juniors should certainly take note, too....
Admissions officials weigh essays in college selection
Star-Tribune  - May 22, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — Tanner McArdle earned a perfect 36 on his ACT college entrance exam. His grade-point average exceeds 4.1. He ran varsity cross county and plays in the orchestra at Anoka High School. He volunteers for two food shelves. He's “the complete package,” his principal says.....
What’s in a name? Is there a difference between a college and a university?: Advice for Juniors Researching Colleges
True Admissions Blog  - May 22, 2013
As you research colleges this summer to come up with an initial list of schools where you may apply, understanding how they characterize themselves may provide important information. Whether a school is a “college” or a “university” can make a difference....
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Senioritis: A crippling disease with serious consequences
DC College Admissions Examiner - May 20, 2013
It usually strikes some time shortly after seniors receive college acceptance letters. And for those with early decisions, it may begin mid-December.....
You can still apply - May 20, 2013
Whether it was a financial or family reason, or an unfortunate case of procrastination, if you're a high school senior who didn't apply to college but would still like to attend, you're in luck......
High schools take aim at 'Assassin' game
NBC News - May 20, 2013
An elite New York City high school is warning seniors it could ban them from prom or graduation — or even snitch to college admission officers — if they're caught playing a popular toy-gun game in or near the school building.....
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Pre Frosh

Going to college? Some things you need to know
Chicago Tribune - May 21, 2013
I had dinner recently with my sister Teddi, who had just returned from her freshman year at George Washington University. "What do you wish you knew before you went off to school?" I asked.....
You Can't Go Home Again and Learning to Cope: Stages 7 & 8 in The Transition from High School to College
True Admission Blog - May 22, 2013
The transition from high school to college, particularly for students who leave home and live in campus residence halls, is a challenge for nearly all students. However, some students find it more daunting than others. Experienced counselors, both in high schools and on college campuses, ....
Pre-Collegiette Facebook Etiquette: What to Post (& Not Post!) in Admitted Students Facebook Groups Before College
Her Campus - May 20, 2013
Whether heading off to the college of your dreams or number 13 on your list of 12, chances are you’ve joined the pre-freshman group on Facebook. Making the effort to meet new classmates and get familiar with the school is awesome, ....
What DO I Bring to College Next Fall?
San Ramos Express - May 20, 2013
Most seniors and their parents now know a great deal about the work and stress of college admissions: visiting schools, taking standardized tests, filling out applications and financial aid forms, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting for those acceptance letters to arrive....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 23, 2013
College Access and Your Principal-- It's Time to Talk
If you’ve been looking for evidence to support a request to provide more college programming, look no more. A new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling offers these nuggets on college counseling in general:... More

Counseling High School Freshmen Can Influence College-Going Rates
Ed Week  - May 16, 2013
Starting the college talk as early as 9th grade can make a big difference in students' likelihood of enrolling, yet just 18 percent of high school freshmen had spoken to a counselor about college, a new report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling shows......
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College Admissions: 6 Last-Minute Summer Ideas for HS Students
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 20, 2013
Summer vacation will start soon, and many teens still haven’t made plans. A job is always a good option, but can be tough to find. So, here are some other ways to make the most of your summer and impress admissions ...
High school students turn to internships to help plot future
Chicago Tribune - May 20, 2013
This summer, teenagers will canvass in support of politicians, help nurses in hospitals or tweet as part of a company's social media effort. They're still in high school but they are working unpaid internships ...
The Best Summer Plans for High School Students - May 19, 2013
If you're planning to attend a selective college, you shouldn't think of summer as a time to kick back and do nothing. Successful college applicants tend to do something productive during the summer. Come up with a plan that will challenge you, develop your skills, ...
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ACT vs SAT: What you need to know
Charlotte Observer  - May 21, 2013
Many juniors will be taking either the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 1 and/or the ACT on June 8. Here are some valuable tips to help you prepare:...
Why the SATs are still important
Boston College Admissions Examiner  - May 16, 2013
The growing number of SAT optional schools is leaving students confused about the importance of standardized admissions tests....
5 Things You Need to Know About AP Exams
Her Campus  - May 16, 2013
High school has turned into a big bowl of alphabet soup. With terms like PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, IB, and tons of other acronyms out there, it can be tricky to keep everything straight! Her Campus broke down a spoonful of this jumbled mess of letters....
Stay Safe With SAT Changes
Huffington Post - May 16, 2013
Just when you thought you had studied enough, read all the books, done all the prep work. Just when you thought you were safe, sources from College Board announced that it would be changing its infamous SAT yet again...
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Communication with parents has effects on college students' eating and physical activity behaviors  - May 17, 2013
College students eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise more on days when they communicate more with their parents, according to researchers at Penn State....
Ten Percent Of Teens Use Study Drugs Yet Most Parents Aren't Aware
Medical News Today - May 22, 2013
Many teens across the country are using "study drugs" to give them an academic advantage and help them achieve better results in school. ...

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When admission reps don’t know what they are talking about
The College Solution Blog  - May 20, 2013
How much do college admission reps know about financial aid? Many of them know next to nothing. I was reminded of this reality this week when I was attending the annual conference of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling in Costa Mesa, CA. ...
Seeking solutions to the student aid mess
CBS MoneyWatch  - May 20, 2013
Summer vacation will start soon, and many teens still haven’t made plans. A job is always a good option, but can be tough to find. So, here are some other ways to make the most of your summer and impress admissions ...
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‘Minnesota DREAM Act’ will grant in-state tuition to undocumented students
USA Today - May 22, 2013
Minnesota joined the list of nearly two dozen states making movements to offer undocumented students in-state tuition fees Friday.....
Minnesota Legislature freezes tuition at public colleges, universities - May 22, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill that freezes tuition rates at the state's public colleges and universities for the next two years......
AP courses vs. dual credit: what's best for high school students?
St. Louis Post Dispatch - May 19, 2013
In Missouri, a push — at least at the state level — is building behind AP, after years of popularity for dual enrollment. For the first time this summer, the percentage of students passing an AP exam will factor into a district’s report card.....
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Teen Suicides

The Suicide Epidemic
Newsweek - May 22, 2013
WHEN THOMAS Joiner was 25 years old, his father—whose name was also Thomas Joiner and who could do anything—disappeared from the family’s home. ....
Teen suicides can lead peers to consider taking their own lives, study finds
Calgary Herald - May 22, 2013
TORONTO - A new study says teens who had a schoolmate die by suicide are more likely to consider or attempt taking their own lives than those who haven't lost a peer to suicide....


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