Preparing For College

Your “Why [This College]?” Essay

This post today is specifically for high school juniors who will be applying to college later this year. You should be asking yourself, “Why does this or that college truly attract me and why do I want to go there?” The reason you need to know the answer to this is because you will almost ...

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2017 College-Related Resolutions

Okay. Happy New Year, everyone! A new year. Literally. Cool. For you, a new start, perhaps? A set of new goals? Maybe a group of new goals. What will your year hold? Let’s examine some possible resolutions to adopt that relate to college. First of all, let’s define some terms. “Resolution.” Exactly what does that ...

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Picture Yourself on Google

“Marketing” may be a dirty word in some quarters, but when it comes to college admissions, marketing yourself is an important concept. One of the tools that I have written about over the years here is what I call an “annotated” activities list. What is that and how does it relate to marketing? Is there ...

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Lost in Translation

High school seniors who are headed to college, as well as their parents, should know how to translate the words they hear from college admissions officials. This also applies to what they read on colleges’ Web sites and in their related literature. My College Confidential colleague, Sally Rubenstone, refers to this language as “AdmissionSpeak.” Shades ...

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Spanish vs. Psych

Question: Hello, Thank you so much for reading this! This is personal question because my school year has just started and I have many questions about my classes.  First is the subject of language classes. I have been taking Spanish 1 since 6th grade and took another year in freshmen year (so up to Spanish ...

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Prepping for The PSAT

If you’re a high school junior (and maybe even a sophomore), you no doubt know about the PSAT. If you’ve never heard of the PSAT, here’s the scoop: The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in ...

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How Can I Improve My Grades as I Start High School?

Question: My grades were not the best in 8th grade but I really want to start getting better grades. Any tips to help? As corny as it may sound, you’ve already taken the first important step toward getting better grades: You WANT to!  Now here are some more specific tips to keep in mind as ...

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AP French vs. Advanced Art?

Question: Hi, I’m entering my senior year of high school and up until recently, I had all the courses I intended to take planned and organized. Then I received notice of a scheduling conflict between Multimedia/Graphic Design II and AP French–both of which take place during Period 7. I have already taken 3 years of ...

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Lugging Your Stuff Around School

We’ve explored moving to college, but what about walking around on campus … or even high school? Going from class to class or to the library or dining hall can require a lot of accessories to support your collegiate and high school lifestyle. How do you plan on handling that? I was inspired to write ...

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Pre-Sod College Visits

I’ve been fascinated by the Rio Olympics this past week. Other than the polluted water, green-tinted swimming pools, armed robberies, and fatal taxi deaths for competitors, I’ve found a lot to like. I was watching track and field competition the other day. It seemed as though each event had a huge number of aspirants vying ...

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