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    Surfing the College Website

    Surfing the College Website
    One of the best resources for students thinking about college is the college website (or portal). Here you’ll find the most distinctive and best features of each college – or at least what the college would like you to think are its best features. But no matter. With some skillful surfing, you’ll be able to examine the underbelly of that ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Time to Advance: What AP Can Do For You

    Time to Advance: What AP Can Do For You
    They can take you to the heights of the scientific revolution in Europe and the depths of slavery in America. You may choose to examine regression analyses and derivatives. You may learn the intricate differences between the subjunctive and future perfect tenses. But that's not why most people take Advanced Placement (AP)* courses, and although I'd like to say I'm just ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +30
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    Control the Process; Don't Let the Process Control You

    Control the Process; Don't Let the Process Control You
    I recently had the great privilege of serving on a select panel in Webster, NY for the presentation of Mr. Bob Bigelow.  Bob is a former first-round draft choice who played four years in the NBA.   He competed collegiately at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. More recently, Bob co-authored the book Just Let Kids Play, and he has conducted more than ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Finding the Right College is a Four Quarter Game

    Finding the Right College is a Four Quarter Game
    The process of finding the right college can be as exhilarating as it is exhausting, just as any high school competition can be. Find the right fit academically, athletically, socially, and financially. It may sound simple, but I assure you it is not. I recommend that my clients look at the entire process as though it were a 4-quarter game—9th and ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +9
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    The Unintended Stress from a Plate of Spaghetti

    The Unintended Stress from a Plate of Spaghetti
    On one not-so-different Friday evening, I glared at the computer with my eyes wide open. Exhausted from a strenuous week, I sat with a deep exasperation and wondered why my computer must warm up so slowly. On that Friday, I would learn whether the University of Florida accepted me. Recently, the competition has skyrocketed for that college, and many students from my ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Deal with Drop-Off Day

    Deal with Drop-Off Day
    After more than a year of campus touring, application editing and financial aid wrangling, you'd think dropping your child off at college would be the easy part. But move-in day on college campuses is a high-stress, emotionally-charged event. There are cars to unload, orientations to attend, roommates to meet and goodbyes to say. Fastweb consulted Christine Schelhas-Miller, the author of Don't ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +25
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    How to Spend a Productive Summer

    How to Spend a Productive Summer
    At last, summer's almost here! After a school year full of hard work, you can finally put away your books, break out your bikinis, and soak up the sunshine. This is not only what you deserve but in fact what you need: If you have been working to your maximum level during the school year, you owe your body about two ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Five Simple Things to Get Kids To Think the C-word (College)

    Five Simple Things to Get Kids To Think the C-word (College)
    In 2005, studies showed that while only six percent of non-Hispanic students were likely to drop out of high school, that number was nearly 23% for Hispanic students. According to the ERIC Digest, “That third generation Latino youth perform not significantly better than their second generation Latino peers is very disconcerting. Since they have U.S. born parents, a much larger share ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Who's Really #1?

    Who's Really #1?
    In a move to court foreign students, US News and World Report has just released its first-ever issue of the World’s Best Colleges and Universities. These new rankings, released November 20th and based on the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings, are a befuddling play off of their annual America’s Best Colleges rankings, a 25-year-old who’s-who of the country’s top colleges. ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    What to Do If You Want to Transfer

    What to Do If You Want to Transfer
    So you are halfway through freshman year or maybe you’re even a sophomore and you’re thinking, “Hmm, I really don’t like it here- should I transfer?” Maybe your ‘dream’ school is not as dreamy as you first thought, maybe your grades slipped senior year and you ended up at your 10th choice, maybe you realized you don’t want to be an ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +28
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +37
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    Best Gift for the Holidays? Time--Give Yourself Some

    Best Gift for the Holidays? Time--Give Yourself Some
    The holidays are about giving and sharing. In light of recent belt tightening, forget about hitting the mall to buy a sweater or a gift card.  The best gift you could give yourself and others is time. Time to enjoy the company of family and friends, time to spend cooking your favorite dishes with your parents, time to create long lasting ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    A Time to Reap and a Time to Sow

    A Time to Reap and a Time to Sow
    A personal account of how the student/parent relationship changes during the college application process The only time I have seen my mom so irate at my dad that she physically assaulted him was in December of my senior year.   My father had read an article stating that Harvard had rejected a high number of students who had perfect SAT scores.  My ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +11
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    To Supplement or Not to Supplement

    To Supplement or Not to Supplement
    You’ve put the finishing touches on your essays and resumes and you’ve sent your transcripts and test scores. So you think the application process is over, right? Maybe not. Should you send additional materials (e.g. essays, letters of recommendation, photographs, etc.) to make your admissions folder heavier? In most cases, this will work to your disadvantage. As some say in admissions, ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +58
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    Will College Teens be Hard Hit by Economic Crisis?

    Will College Teens be Hard Hit by Economic Crisis?
    As the largest class of graduating high school seniors in America is completing college applications, a new study indicates their college plans are likely to change in response to the economic downturn.  The survey, conducted jointly by ApplyWise.com an online college admissions counseling service and Next Step Magazine, a publication for high school students and their parents, shows that 50% of ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Playing It Safe in Facebook's Wild, Wild West

    Playing It Safe in Facebook's Wild, Wild West
    Parents, in case you haven’t heard, college admissions officers may or may not be cyber-scrutinizing your children. That’s big news in the world of college admission. But it shouldn’t be. College admissions officers are savvy and (like prospective employers) they can get a little curious about students. I’m not saying we have a breaking and entering situation here -- quite the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Should You Submit an Early Application?

    Should You Submit an Early Application?
    Sometimes the college application process can feel like a smorgasbord of confusing acronyms, deadlines and restrictions. Not only do you have to understand what ED I, ED II, EA, RD and REA stand for, but you also have to make various decisions concerning these acronyms, decisions that could affect your entire college application process. Are you sure you know which type ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +324