Packing It In for College

Many colleges have already started classes. Others won’t receive students until after Labor Day, which arrives early this year. If you’re a college-bound freshman-to-be who has yet to depart for your halls of ivy, you may be wondering what all to take and, perhaps more importantly, what not to take. Well, in the spirit of…

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School Starts in August. What to Do?

I remember clearly that when I was in high school (heck, even as far back as junior high school), the waning days of August were a bittersweet time for me. I had a love-hate relationship with school. I loved being together with all my classmates who became scattered over the summer, but I hated the…

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A Quick Quiz And A Question

In my college admissions counseling work, one of the key issues I face is how to get these young people to know who they are and how they think. Of course, they may think they know who they are, but few are directly aware of why they think the way that they do. This awareness…

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“Free Ivy Education”: A Deceptive Headline?

I receive a regular roundup of Web-published stories from LinkedIn every week. The other day, I got one that featured this headline link: How I Attend/Attended Yale & Princeton for Free. My first reaction to seeing that was something along the lines of, “Oh, here’s a student from a family whose household income is below…

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Elite Colleges = Elite Bang for Your Bucks?

This is a popular argument topic with which I have some personal experience. I probably don’t have to tell you about the cost of college these days. It’s stunning. Over the past decade, many families have begun to question their ROI (return on investment) from so-called “elite” colleges. Those would be the Ivy League institutions…

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Less-Than-Beautiful College Campuses

Have you done any college campus visits yet? Many high school juniors — even sophomores — and especially seniors use the summer to travel to the schools to which they’re thinking about applying. Prior to visiting, thanks to the mail bombardment most colleges unleash on high school prospects, most colleges appear to be quite gorgeous….

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Getting A Fresh(man) Start

Be it hereby known to all Politically Correct (PC) Policemen … In this article, I will refer to a first-year college student as a “freshman” or, as a group, “freshmen,” regardless of their gender. I’ll leave the terms “freshperson,” “freshwoman,” or even “freshwomyn” to others more socially astute than I am. I’ve even heard PC…

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Your Rising-Senior Summer: Taking Stock

August is on the horizon and will soon be here. All you rising high school seniors know what that means: school looms. Many of you have been actively involved in the college process already, having worked with your counselors to craft a meaningful and challenging course schedule. Your planning may have begun as far back…

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