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    The Era of the New Super Student

    Personally, I think it is reasonable to assume that most Americans can shamefully (or proudly, in some cases) admit that they have watched a teen flick. Whether the movie is Clueless, High School Musical, Mean Girls or Napoleon Dynamite, they all have that same cafeteria scene. The stock characters isolate themselves in their cliques at the lunch tables while appeasing their ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Enrollment Choices

    Families face tough choices when acceptance and rejection letters arrive. "Any parent who's shopped for a prom dress can tell you, window shopping is easy. It's the actual decision that's difficult," says Sally Rubenstone, co-author of Panicked Parents Guide to College Admissions. Rejection letters, expensive tuition, wait lists, reluctance to attend and an absence of acceptance letters are some of the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Saving Sophomore Year

    It seems like the sophomore year is one that you don’t remember. It’s not like your freshman year when everything is new and exciting. It’s not like your junior year when you start the college search process. It’s not like your senior year that is fast-paced, application-crazed, and meaningful yet fun. It’s the often-overlooked sophomore year that isn’t given nearly enough ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Trading Pastry for Fried Green Tomatoes

    During my spring break last year, I felt a little out of place at the airport. Most people migrated south for the lovely delights of sun-kissed beaches, refreshing gelatos and flip-flops. However, I, the high school junior, headed up north with my ski jacket to visit some potential college choices. When my dad drove our rental car through the thick, snowy ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Beyond the CLEP: More Options for Life Experience Credit

    Beyond the CLEP: More Options for Life Experience Credit
    If you are a returning student, a shortage of time and money might prohibit you from enrolling in college full time. However, you can gain college credit for what you already know by taking one of several exams that test your knowledge in a particular subject. While the best known credit-by-examination program is the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), there are three ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +9
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    College Application & Admissions FAQ

    College Application & Admissions FAQ
    Don’t know your SATs from your EDs…Here are some of the most popular questions when it comes to Admission and Application. Everything from campus tours to test scores to letters of recommendations. What does a campus visit consist of? A good time to get started with the college campus visit is the summer before senior year. The first step? Check the ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Hope Revived: Finding a Way Back to the Classroom

    I find it ironic that my classroom windows overlook the Littleton Cemetery. Strangely enough, in a rare childless moment, I found myself meandering among those very headstones just three months ago. As I wandered aimlessly, I looked down the grassy burial grounds across the train tracks towards Arapahoe Community College disheartened and unsure if my dream to go back to school ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Career Decision-Making Traps

    Career Decision-Making Traps
    Deborah Schneider spent far more time researching the $15,000 car she once bought than she did on a slightly larger purchase -- her $90,000 law degree. "Years later, I realized how common that is," says Schneider, who coauthored Should You Really Be a Lawyer? with Gary Belsky and produces its accompanying Web site. "Each year, many college students spend more time ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    College Career Centers Provide More than Jobs

    College Career Centers Provide More than Jobs
    You may think your school's career center is only for senior year. But throughout college the career center can help you choose a major, secure a summer internship or find a job after graduation. Explore Majors and Careers "We help people look at themselves," says Jennifer Kimbarovsky, career counselor at Northwestern University's career development center. "We want to help students ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +6
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    All About Career Schools

    All About Career Schools
    Ever wonder about those schools that advertise on daytime TV? Can you compare traditional American colleges to schools that say they will prepare you for a career in just a few months? As it turns out, you can. Francis Giglio, former director of Enhancement for the (ACICS), the accrediting body for many of these schools, offers some insights into the nature ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +27
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    How Parental Involvement Can Help in the Applications Process

    How Parental Involvement Can Help in the Applications Process
    Question: What part should my parents play in my college application? Parental involvement in the college admissions process varies from family to family, and is sometimes a point of conflict. At the very least, your parents will have to fill out financial aid forms so that your application process can be completed. Parents can perform other valuable tasks for your application ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Q&A: How Many Schools Should Your Student Apply To?

    Q&A: How Many Schools Should Your Student Apply To?
    Q: How many schools should my junior apply to? Is there really such thing as a “safety” school? What does that mean? A: Trying to decide how many and which colleges to apply to can be one of the most challenging aspects of the admissions process. Fortunately, by beginning this process in the junior year, your son or daughter has more ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Graduate School Application Deadline

    Graduate School Application Deadline
    A good plan is essential when applying to graduate school. Use FastWeb’s timeline to help you find out what you should be doing and when you should be doing it. Junior Year: Keep your grades up. Don’t allow your plans for graduate school to take your mind off of your first priority: success in your undergraduate courses. Your grade point average ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +18
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    What Are Colleges Looking For?

    What Are Colleges Looking For?
    A rigorous course schedule through high school is important. Good grades are key. High SAT/ACT test scores certainly don't hurt. But what else are colleges looking for in students? Genuine interest in the school Colleges want students who show genuine and well-researched interest in their school. "A student who has gone beyond name recognition and reputation and has decided that the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +63
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    Sample Essay Questions for College Apps

    Sample Essay Questions for College Apps
    The essay: It's one of the most important parts of your college application, and it can be the hardest. But it doesn't have to be. Take a look at some of the most commonly asked essay questions and use them to prepare for your applications. Brainstorm ideas, do some research or create your own "stock" of application essays from the ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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    Unlocking the Mystery of College Admissions for Parents

    Unlocking the Mystery of College Admissions for Parents
    Unlike when you were enrolling in school, the college admissions process is full of twists and turns these days. Students have to meet several different deadlines for various types of applications, from the actual admissions application to the school-specific scholarship form. On top of these deadlines and papers, you have to have an understanding of what exactly colleges are looking for ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +12
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    College Tour Secrets

    College Tour Secrets
    College tours provide a great opportunity for you to visit campus and learn more about what a college has to offer. However, tour guides are told to stick with talking points and established routes to pass through the nicest parts of campus. To become an astute prospective student, you’re going to have to investigate off the beaten path. Here are ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +29
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    So Whose Life Is It?

    So Whose Life Is It?
    Parents pay a lot for their children's college educations, and so they often feel they ought to help select their children's occupations. Sometimes it's subtle, and sometimes it's in-your-face coercion. In my experience, arranged careers almost never work out. If you're going into accounting, consulting or law school because your folks think that would be great for you rather than because ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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    The Common Application

    The Common Application
    You've narrowed your choice of colleges down to seven different schools. Now comes the fun part: filling out seven different applications. This means entering your name/address/school data over and over and writing multiple personal essays. And if you can't apply online, this means reacquainting yourself with a typewriter. At long last, an alternative is gaining momentum: the Common Application. What Is ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Top 10 Tips for Admissions

    Top 10 Tips for Admissions
    Take a strong course schedule. Your class record is a big part of your college application. Don't take courses that simply pad your GPA. Challenge yourself. Take AP, IB or honors courses. If your school doesn't offer them, see if your local community college or university does. Do volunteer work. Make a difference and volunteer for activities that reflect your personality ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +44
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