Holistic College Admissions

Have you heard of the term “holistic college admissions”? First of all, let’s ask Google to define the term “holistic”: … characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Huh? Say what? Let’s try again by asking Merriam-Webster: … relating to or concerned with…

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The Greek Decision

Fraternities and Sororities: That’s what we’re talking about here — whether to join or remain a “GDI” (“Gosh Darn Independent” [a censored version of that term]). All you recently minted high school graduates who will enter your respective halls of ivy this fall (or late summer) have no doubt encountered the so-called “Greek Index” as…

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Dorm Life vs. Off-Campus Living

Many colleges require freshmen and sometimes sophomores to live on campus. Juniors and seniors usually have the option to live off campus, which may be a way to save money and possibly improve social and academic circumstances. I’ve experienced both sides of that coin. I lived in a dorm my first year of college and…

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Best and Worst Graduation Gifts

It’s that time of year. Your high school- or college-senior offspring may be graduating this year. In fact, they already may have graduated. It seems to me that graduation has crept earlier and earlier over the past decade or so. When I was in high school, our senior prom was in early June. These days,…

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