Planning

The GAP Year: Need A Reason?

We’ve discussed GAP years before. GAP years are available at many colleges (better check first, though). Your GAP year happens after you have been accepted to and enroll at a college offering this option, but you don’t move onto campus until the second fall after your enrollment. In other words, there is a year’s “gap” ...

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One Year of Foreign Language?

Question: My daughter only has 1 year of Language. Her HS phased out the Spanish class, so she took arts and college prep classes instead. Now with only 1 year of language, can she get into admissions, or should she attempt to take a night class to get Spanish 101 at our community college? What ...

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College: Day One Emotions

Parents, is this your son’s or daughter’s first year of college? If so, what kinds of reactions have you gotten from them about their new lives, especially their classes? Those first few days (or even weeks) can be a real culture shock for many college first-year students. Of course, this topic wouldn’t be complete without ...

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When It’s Time to Go to College

When it gets to be that time of year, all you new about-to-be college freshmen (I’m sorry: “freshpersons”) and your mothers may find yourselves in a dither about “What to take?!” I’ve addressed this vexing issue in years past and this year is no different. I try to avoid quoting myself, but I will today, ...

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Time to Trod the Sod

I’ve coined a phrase that I use frequently when advising prospective applicants and their Moms and Dads about the necessity to visit colleges before applying: “You’ve got to trod the sod!” Spending four years and likely many thousands of dollars on a college education is not something to be taken lightly. Landing on the wrong ...

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A Process for Academic Success

For those of you high school students dreaming about going to college, what are your criteria for success? Do you have some kind of special mental image of yourself prospering academically, socially, and possibly athletically during your years behind the ivy walls? Visualization can be an important part of your preparation for college. You may ...

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Looking and Paying for Colleges

Looking ahead, summer is the time to get serious about college admissions, so I want to give you some important information about the various aspects of what it takes to manage what can seem to be a complex and confusing process. Don’t feel bombarded by all of this, though. Granted, things can seem overwhelming, but ...

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A College Mindset

If you are a college-bound high school senior, you’ve no doubt made your decision about where to go this fall. Among your considerations for “getting your mind right” about being a college student should be how to take advantage of the various resources and circumstances that college will offer you. Over the many years since ...

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Your College Application Candidates

This information is targeted mainly at high school juniors. Granted, you’re busy right now with school’s year-end requirements. You’re thinking about next month’s Advanced Placement exams, maybe some Subject Tests, and/or another SAT. Maybe you’re also conducting a summer job search, now that school is winding down. If you’re a spring-sport athlete, you’ve got practices ...

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Degree Earning Potentials

Appearances are deceiving. What do think of when you imagine yourself (if you’re a high school junior or senior) or your son or daughter (if you’re the parent of a high schooler) going to college? Maybe your fantasy involves strolling well-manicured lawns that fill the spaces between imposing Gothic-looking buildings. Your visions may also include ...

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