Parents

Getting Ahead This Summer

Yesterday was the longest day of the year. The first day of summer! Most of you have finished your academic work for the year and have already started to do what the summer offers you in the line of work or adventure. Those of you who are particularly motivated to get ahead have likely begun ...

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Trod The Safe Sod

For us parents, sending our sons and daughters away to college to live independently for the first time can be stressful. Youthful idealism can cloud the objectivity of some teens quite easily. While some high schoolers may have been away from home for short summer excursions such as various camps or missions, taking up residence ...

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Summertime And The Reading Is Easy

Summer begins in less than a week. How will you spend it, now that the rigors of high school have abated for yet another year? Maybe you’re between college years. At any rate, some free time should be at hand. Are you working a job? Interning? Traveling? Or, are you just hanging out, not really ...

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College Consequential

Pardon the play on words in my title today. College Confidential would be the first to admit that college is consequential, in one way or the other. I think about this quite a bit. When I do, the questions that most frequently come to my mind are: Why do we want to go to college? ...

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Summertime Essays And Other Efforts

Summer 2017 arrives in less than two weeks. If you’re a rising high school senior, you may be wondering what to do over these next two-to-three months or so. Maybe you aren’t wondering and have a specific plan for how to spend your time. If you don’t have a plan, maybe I can help you ...

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Facing The Facebook Music

Attention: high schoolers. In case you missed it, pay attention to this news article that came out this week: Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes First of all, what is a “meme,” you might ask? Here you go: … an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that ...

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College: Some Cons And Pros

My post today might be best aimed at students early on in high school. Maybe ninth or tenth graders. I’ll include parents, too, on my intended-audience list. Unless you’re residing in a different galaxy, I’m sure that you’ve read about what’s happening on college campuses across America. It appears that student unrest, at least for ...

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Summertime: Your Essay Think Tank

This post is mainly for rising seniors, but you forward-thinking rising juniors might also benefit from this information. What are your plans, now that the school year is over? Will you be working a job? Will you be visiting colleges? How about other travel? Going abroad? Maybe you’ll be on a mission trip in South ...

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Rising Seniors: Your Common App Essay

Some of you high school juniors may have already ended your school year. Others of you are in the midst of a hectic year-end series of tests and other wrapping-up details. Regardless, once you’ve had your last day of junior classes, you will be officially declared a “rising” senior. That will entitle you to face ...

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College Knowledge Nirvana

One of my best friends and I are always debating our favorite topics, one of which is baseball. He knows far more than I do about it, but now and then I come across some arcane fact, statistic, or anecdote and I love to taunt him with it. For example, Mickey Mantle was my childhood ...

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