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There will be no HSCW published next week due to Thanksgiving.
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Big Picture

How Do You Get Poor Kids to Apply to Great Colleges?
Smithsonian Magazine - Nov 18, 2013
Sometimes, late at night, you stare out your window at the black Nebraska sky and wonder if you really are a freak like everyone at school says. It’s not just the pile of Jane Austens under your bed...
College enrollment going down, but will tuition fees follow?
NBC News - Nov 18, 2013
College enrollment is declining. That may cause students and their parents to hope tuition costs will go down, but they should not count on that...
New Youth CareerConnect Grants for High School Announced
EdWeek - Nov 18, 2013
Making good on the administration's promise to invest in high school redesign, today the White House unveiled plans to give up to 40 grants totaling $100 million to high schools that partner with colleges and employers to improve student learning....
Should We Just Start Over on Federal Financial Aid?
Washington Monthly - Nov 18, 2013
According to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, some senators are considering if it might be a good idea to just scrap the whole system of Pell grants and subsidized federal student loans, and just start all over again....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

4 College Admissions Strategies for Students With Bad Grades
US News - Nov 20, 2013
As a high school student in Tennessee, Austin Herrera knew that he wanted to go to college. But with grades ranging from A's to D's, he knew his options would be limited. ...
Applicants beware: Don't forget to SIGN your application
DC College Admissions Examiner - Nov 20, 2013
As colleges continue to deal with fallout from the redesign of the Common Application, yet another problem is beginning to emerge. Not everyone who thinks they submitted an application actually did. And why would that be?...
Beware College Admission Games
Poughkeepsie Journal - Nov 19, 2013
What has happened to college admissions? At the risk of sounding like my mother, I can’t help but lament the current state of affairs. Sure, while institutions always have been competitive with one another.....
A few words of advice on extracurricular involvement
Burlington County Times - Nov 19, 2013
“What extracurricular activities look good on a college application?” We hear this question often—many times from students who have come to view the college application process as an exercise in spin, ,...
Fear not: 10 ways to choose between seemingly equal colleges
USA Today - Nov 17, 2013
Your grades look good, you survived your college admissions interviews and you killed it on the application essays. So much so, in fact, that your top two colleges both accepted you.....
Not the end game: 4 things to know about applying to college
USA Today - Nov 19, 2013
Winter is coming. And with it comes Jan. 1st, the Regular Decision deadline for most colleges. College deadlines bring stress and anxiety for parents and students alike.....
6 ways for the college-bound to give thanks before Thanksgiving
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Nov 19, 2013
Stuffing is packed inside a turkey, seasonal fruits and vegetables are stuffed inside a horn of plenty, and the college-bound have plenty of people to thank as Thanksgiving approaches.....
College Admissions: 4 Elite Honors Programs in the East
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Nov 18, 2013
Honors programs are a phenomenon that did not exist when most parents went to college. But today, many schools are touting them as a competitive tool. Some are extremely substantive and others are light in content and benefits. ....
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College Essays

More ways to say ‘Why I love this college’
Charlotte Observer - Nov 19, 2013
Robert Cronk, author of “Concise Advice: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays” ( www.jumpstartessays.com) took issue with some of my advice in last week’s “Why this college?” column....
Advice for Writing the "Why us?" Essay
True Admission Blog - Nov 19, 2013
Kim Lifton, President of Wow Writing Workshop, joins us today to address the often misunderstood "Why us?" essay. The "Why us?" essay is a unique opportunity in the college application.....
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Avoid Running Out of Time on the SAT, ACT
US News - Nov 18, 2013
With enough practice and time, students can work through every question on the SAT or ACT. In fact, time management is often the major difference between a good test score and an excellent test score...
Students Go To Extreme Measures To Get Higher Test Scores
CBS Local - Miami - Nov 17, 2013
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s no secret the college admissions process can be stressful for students, especially the dreaded standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, but these days the pressure to perform is greater than ever....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Applying to College: The Admissions Interview
Huffington Post - Nov 14, 2013
If your application is in, and the college hasn't called to schedule an interview, should you worry? The answer here is no. .....
"What Do You Want To Major In?" - College Interview Tips
About.com - Nov 20, 2013
Many, many college applicants are not yet sure about a major. So if a college interviewer asks you about your desired field of study, don't panic.....
Archives - Campus Visits & Interviews
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Social Media

How to Clean Up Your Social Media for College Applications
Her Campus - Nov 19, 2013
As members of the infamous Millennial Generation, a lot of us are users of social media websites. And it’s not just Facebook anymore – Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram and Foursquare are all big names in the social networking world now.....
High Schoolers, You'll Get Into College Even If You Don't Delete That Facebook Picture
PolicyMic - Nov 14, 2013
Let's ask a timely question: How much should we worry about social media sharing? If we take recent commentary as a solid gauge, then the answer is we should be worrying quite a bit.....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Nov 21, 2013
College Applications and Thanksgiving
This holiday season brings plenty of good news for high school seniors. Thanksgiving is as late as it possibly can be, creating one more week to complete college applications before the holidays begin... More

What Should School Counselors Do?
Orlando Sentinel  - Nov 18, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Bell Multicultural High School in Washington D.C. last week and told its students that it was up to them to get in to college. They couldn't count on teachers, counselors,......
Guidance counselor answers top 10 college questions
Orlando Sentinel  - Nov 18, 2013
For answers to key questions high schoolers should be asking as they prepare for college, we turned to Deborah Mahany, guidance director at Lake Mary High School in Florida......
College consultants: Offering an extra push for college-bound students
New Canaan Advertiser  - Nov 19, 2013
Parents of high school students — particularly students in their junior and senior year — can find the whole college admissions process daunting; their children feel it even more keenly......
Using a personality inventory to make college and career decisions
Boston College Admissions Examiner  - Nov 19, 2013
When looking for an independent college admissions counselor, it is advisable for students to consider one who is trained to administer the MBTI Personality Inventory. This article will cover what the MBTI Personality Inventory is and why it can be of help to the college bound student.....

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Let Go of the College Essay, and Let Your Teenager Speak for Herself
New York Times - Motherlode  - Nov 15, 2013
Recently I told the story in the Wall Street Journal of a father who offered me, an independent college applications counselor, a $10,000 check to write his son’s college essays...
Thanksgiving Thoughts for Parents of Pre-College and College Kids
Huffington Post  - Nov 14, 2013
Thanksgiving is a great time to think about all the things we have to be grateful for in our lives. We live in a land of abundance where most children have the opportunity to attend college...
17 great holiday gifts for college students
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Nov 19, 2013
(MoneyWatch) With Thanksgiving coming unusually late this year, now is the time to start searching for Christmas gifts for college students. On the list are some hot new electronic ideas, some traditional gift suggestions and even jazzy new inventions...
Archives - Parents
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CTE/Vocational Education

Not Your Father’s Shop Class
Washington Monthly - Nov 18, 2013
In recent years, employment rates among young people have declined more rapidly than among any other group—just 30 percent of teens have jobs today, compared to about 50 percent in 2001....
Michael Kerwin: The Future of Training May Be Vocational Education
manufacturing.net - Nov 19, 2013
On today’s episode we speak with Michael Kerwin, President of NTMA Training Centers of Southern California, who provides a look into the important role that vocational education will play in the future of training America’s workforce....
Archives - CTE/Vocational Education
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True Admissions Blog  - Nov 14, 2013
Have a question about a gap year? Scholarships? Guidebooks for your college search? Undocumented students? Learning differences? Don't forget to take advantage of our extensive listing of Resources! ..
U.S. News & World Report Publishes “The U.S. News Guide to Paying for College”
US News  - Nov 19, 2013
U.S. News & World Report, publisher of the Best Colleges rankings, announced today the publication of a new book, “The U.S. News Guide to Paying for College.” ..
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Why don't more Vt. students choose to attend college?
WCAX  - Nov 19, 2013
BURLINGTON, Vt. - "I had no idea what I wanted to major in or anything whatsoever, but I've come here and things come out clearer," Marko Onyskiv said......
GoLocalProv’s College Guide 2013
GoLocalProv College Guide Team  - Nov 18, 2013
We are well into the college academic year, and whether you are a freshman, or a senior gearing up for graduation, GoLocalProv has the ins and outs of where to eat, shop, and hang out around town.....
Standards getting tougher for h.s. graduation, college admission
Worcester Telegram Gazette  - Nov 18, 2013
WORCESTER — Holden native Maryanna Owoc, a senior at Worcester State University, took the stage at North High School Tuesday and described how she has done work at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute....
Pennsylvania colleges face enrollment crisis
Allentown Morning Call  - Nov 16, 2013
State college admission counselors had been setting up tables every week in Lehigh Carbon Community College's cafeteria, trying to talk to prospective recruits amid a sea of students eating lunch. It wasn't an ideal situation....
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Teens Mental Illness

Note to Mentally Ill Teens: You’re On Your Own
Time  - Nov 19, 2013
It’s a good thing for teenagers they’re as young as they are, otherwise we’d call them crazy. You don’t get to be volatile, moody, demanding and narcissistic, sleep all day, stay up all night and fall in love every 25 minutes without earning yourself a psychiatric diagnosis or two.....
Online College Fair - CollegeWeekLive


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