Summer Break

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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Student Summers: Siestas or Stimulation?

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Well, maybe not anymore, with the pressures of life — even for high school and college students — here in the year 2012. I remember how I used to look forward to summers when I was in elementary, middle, and high school. My warm-weather enthusiasm was somewhat less in ...

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Summertime College Visits: Good Idea?

Many rising high school seniors and their families attempt to combine summer vacation traveling with college visits. From a logistical point of view, this makes sense. Parents’ free time is limited, especially in those households where both parents work. Planning a summer vacation excursion that includes routes through possible candidate colleges can be a fun ...

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Summer Visits to College Campuses: Worth the Gas?

Question: I’ll be a high school senior in September, and my family is planning a college-visit trip for mid-August when my day camp counselor job ends. I have heard that it’s not a good idea to see colleges with no students on campus, but my father thinks that this is the only time we can ...

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