Preparing For College

The Mount Everest(s) of College Admissions

The allegory goes like this: You’re a high school sophomore or junior, thinking about going to college. You’re a top student and your credentials are superior. Your stats show you to be among the best students in your school. You also have a wonderful array of activities and a crowd of people ready to sing ...

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High School Sophomores: Anticipating Your Next Steps

If you search the Internet and/or visit college admissions-related discussion forums (have I mentioned College Confidential’s lately :-)), you’ll find that one of the hot topics is how early young people should start preparing for their college admissions process. Of course, like many things these days, there are radical extremes. I’m always amused by the ...

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The Social Media Circus

If you’re a resident of Planet Earth, I don’t need to tell you what’s happening in America these days. There are horrendous tragedies being detailed in the news, seemingly every hour. Politics are a divisive tsunami washing over us from all directions. Privacy is fading fast and finding “good” (as in uplifting and inspiring) news ...

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10th Graders: Looking Ahead

Most of my posts here are directed at high school juniors and seniors. Some of my articles target parents and current college students. Not many, however, are aimed at 10th-grade high schoolers. I’d like to address that group today. We live in a society that prepares for Christmas starting in September, just after Labor Day. ...

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Looking Ahead to College Resources

Some of you high school seniors have already ended your college process. That would be those of you who were accepted Early Decision (ED) last month. Others of you are possibly finished because the goal of being accepted to college has been satisfied through some version of Early Action (EA). You have until May 1st ...

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Middle School Foreign Language and A-G Requirements

Question: Hi I took Spanish 1 in middle school and when I transferred to another city for high school I took Spanish 2 my freshman year. How does this affect my A-G requirement? What will happen if I take Spanish 3 next year? A foreign language taken in middle school can qualify for California’s A-G ...

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When Helping Hands Can Hurt

I was talking to a friend the other day and we were remembering the days when our kids had graduated from college and moved away to work their first jobs. My buddy laughed when he told me about his two sons. He said that they always forgot about their mother’s birthday and even Mother’s Day ...

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Start Your College Plan Early

We’re about to turn the corner and head into another New Year. This has been a year like no other. That’s a phrase that we hear frequently. Literally, every year is a year like no other because it’s an entirely different year, every year. That seems obvious and almost nonsensical, but the “unlike no other ...

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Can I Keep My AP Exam Scores Private from My High School?

Question: Is it possible to keep my AP scores private from my high school? That’s a very good question and it’s one that “The Dean” hasn’t gotten before. If you are enrolled in an AP class at your high school and you take the corresponding AP exam, your teacher and school AP administrator will have ...

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The Ever More Slippery Slope

The Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) verdicts began coming out yesterday. The news was even more grim than expected, as some of the news headlines testified: – College Admits 14.5 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2022 (Harvard) The College notified 964 students of their acceptance into the Class of 2022 Tuesday, ...

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