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    Gap Year Savings

    Gap Year Savings
    UntitledUntitledWe've offered plenty of advice throughout the past few weeks on how to save money for school: part-time jobs and deferring student loans…just to name a few. But here's something you never thought you'd hear: save money by skipping out on school for a year. Gap year: defined as the increasingly popular option to forego college or graduate school for a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Graduate School Application Timeline

    Graduate School Application Timeline
    The graduate school application process can be tricky. Not only because it's like your senior year in high school all over again but because you have to balance a rigorous course schedule and a full extracurricular calendar with visits, interviews and essays. Just like your senior year of high school, you'll need to follow a strict time line of what you ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +38
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    How a Closed Door Can Change Your Outlook

    How a Closed Door Can Change Your Outlook
    The dreaded small envelope. It's white, thin and has no indication as to its contents except the return address of a college. For the high school seniors who receive it, it is almost always a rejection letter. I opened up my mailbox the other day and discovered a small envelope from Occidental College, a liberal arts school in Los Angeles that ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +15
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    A Guidance Counselor’s Secrets

    A Guidance Counselor’s Secrets
    Early decision deadlines are almost within sight. Now, more than ever, is the time that rising juniors and seniors need to take advantage of summer break to visit college campuses. We’ve said that and you’ve probably heard it from your parents, teachers and counselors as well. But what haven’t you heard? When it comes to college admissions, your guidance counselor may ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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    Finding a College That Fits

    Finding a College That Fits
    While many students believe there’s a college out there that is absolutely perfectly suited to their needs, the truth is, that’s unlikely. Although it's true that some colleges may be better suited than others, you will likely be happy at several different colleges. As long as you get a wonderful education in the meantime, you likely won’t have many complaints about ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +24
  • +19

    Find a Diverse College

    When it comes to diversity on a college's campus, enrollment percentages and brochures can't tell the whole story. How can prospective students dig deeper? Courses and Programs "Check the availability of different classes that reflect diversity, check out the student organizations," says John Kula, director of Penn State University's Upward Bound Program. Look for student-run clubs that interest you listed on ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Parents: Providing Help with Exam Stress

    Parents: Providing Help with Exam Stress
    There are many ways parents can help their students manage exam stress, including those that not only improve their ability to perform on the tests, but also help them stay healthy in the process. One of the first things parents can do to help their students through their exams is to make sure they don't wait until the last minute to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +7
  • +28

    Why Did I Stay Home?

    Why Did I Stay Home?
    Many colleges offer study abroad programs and many students are able to take advantage of them. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of them. At the time, shelling out $2,000 for program fees and another $4,000 for credit costs didn't seem too appealing. I did manage to go to London with a friend on spring break last year, and the overall cost of ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +28
  • +8

    Going to an All-Women's College

    During my senior year of high school, I was very thorough in my college search. There were many important factors for me to consider when choosing a college: location, cost, size and enrollment, professor/student ratio, resources, opportunities to study abroad and athletics, just to name a few. I looked at everything from public universities, to technical schools, to private institutions with ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +8
  • +19

    Should You Switch Your Major?

    Should You Switch Your Major?
    Sometimes, when we’re engrossed in whatever it is we’re doing, it’s hard to see the warning signs. In fact, it’s natural to ignore red flags that may be right in front of our faces! Finding a method that allows us to step back and evaluate what’s really happening is the key. It’s not always easy, but everything becomes clearer when broken ...
    Published 6 months ago | Rated: +19
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    The Diary of a Mad AP Student

    Well, it’s the beginning of May and I can sense the tension of AP exam week in the air. AP exams are pretty important for me because my knowledge of my five AP classes will be put to the test. Literally. In addition, my performance on these tedious tests can get me out of some basic introductory classes at the . ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
  • +21

    Down to the Wire

    Down to the Wire
    I couldn’t understand how my friends could be so carefree. Didn’t they know it was almost spring? Didn’t they have college decisions to make? Mine took over my life - monopolizing my thoughts, afflicting me with insomnia and making my head spin. While I wandered dazed through each day, they were acting like there wasn’t a problem in the world. Out ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +21
  • +27

    Help Your Student with Summer Plans

    Help Your Student with Summer Plans
    As a parent, you likely want to encourage your student to get the most out of their time, experiences and, of course, work towards success. If you student doesn’t have a summer plan yet – or, perhaps if their summer plan is loafing around by the pool, then you may want to help them get their summer priorities on track. Here ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +27
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    Quality Versus Costs in College Choice

    Quality Versus Costs in College Choice
    As a student choosing a college to attend, you become a consumer. As you make this important decision in your life, you want to be aware of costs and attentive to your own needs. In order to assure that you will thrive at the college you select, you want to decide on a college with qualities that match your wants, needs ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Top 5 Tasks Juniors Need to Do Now

    Top 5 Tasks Juniors Need to Do Now
    1. Register for standardized tests NOW Most students wait until the summer after their Junior year to study and cram for the SAT/ACT. As a result, once you get your scores in October, you only have one or two more opportunities to re-take the exams to improve scores. Give yourself more time to improve by taking the tests early in the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +37
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    Three Things I’ve Learned About College Professors

    One thing that has surprised me the most about going back to school as an older student is how my view of professors has changed. Though I had a good rapport with several of my instructors in my early college days, the majority of my professors seemed omniscient and invincible fixtures of the establishment. Granted, this was at a large four-year ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +12
  • +14

    Ten Tips for Parents of College Kids

    Ten Tips for Parents of College Kids
    Each year more than 17 million students enroll in college -- 5 million for the first time. For many, the difference between success and failure depends on what their parents do -- and don’t do. Here are our ten best tips for parents of new, and returning, college students (and if your kid isn’t yet in college, here’s a glimpse ahead ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +14
  • +10

    There's No "I" in SAT

    When it came to applying for scholarships, my search always came to a screeching halt because I felt unqualified for any of the opportunities. The awards that promised "big money" were usually for students who devoted their entire lives to fellowships and community service. For someone who had focused more on getting a job and playing sports, community service was not ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +10
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    20 Rules of the Application Road

    20 Rules of the Application Road
    It's a long and bumpy road. It's a challenging road. It's definitely wide open for you to travel. Getting through the college application process involves a lot of time and effort, but the results can generate a significant investment in you. Use these tips to get moving on the path to college success. Rule #1 Adhere to the NACAC (National Association ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
  • +16

    Look Forward to Smelling the Roses

    Look Forward to Smelling the Roses
    One morning, a credit card in hand (and Handel’s “Halleluiah Chorus” playing in my mind), I gleefully clicked the ”Submit” button for my Common Application. After I paid the application fees and filled out the school transcript forms, I was finished with the whole process. The thing I was wondering about ever since I was six had reached its completion. As ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +16
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