Preparing For College

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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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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Impact of Bad 9th Grade Year on Future College Options

Question: I am a freshman in high school. My GPA is very low, as in 2.53 unweighted, and 3.16 weighted. I have had C’s and D’s in my honors courses of Biology, English, and Global Studies (my school history course). How would college admissions officers receive that? Would it be bad? Also, I have another ...

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What to Know About Proficiency Exams (and When to Take Them)

Today’s article was submitted by Heather Hamilton. For many students, college coursework begins in high school. There are Advanced Placement classes and International Baccalaureate programs, dual credit options, and other college preparedness options like summer pre-college “camps” or tutoring. The practice of college coursework in high school might mean that a student is ready to ...

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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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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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Two Types of College Visits

We’re counting down to May 1: Enrollment Decision Day. Some of you high school seniors are on spring break and making some last-minute campus visits in an attempt to contrast and compare those schools that have admitted you. Some you juniors may be using this time off to begin the task of sampling colleges with ...

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College Admission for Student with No Foreign Language Classes

Question: When I was in 9th grade, I had a rough year, earning mostly C’s and D’s, and was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. My school and I ruled that taking a language freshman year played a major part in my low grades, and I avoided languages ever since. I have since earned mostly high ...

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