Preparing For College

The Orientation Express

All aboard!  The Orientation Express is leaving the station. For some of you, it may have already left. Freshman orientation is a college’s way of welcoming you (and your tuition dollars) with open arms. It’s a carefully planned and executed event designed to acquaint you with a much deeper understanding of the school, its resources, ...

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My Annual Packing-for-College Roundup

Yes, boys and girls, Moms and Dads, it’s that time again. Get ready to pack for college! I hear both shrieks of joy and groans out there. The joy comes from collegians; the groans from parents. Granted, some college students don’t want to return to campus. The thought of academic pressure or returning to a ...

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5 Tips for Succeeding in Your First AP/IB Class

Today’s article was written by David White. Whether one is looking to improve their chances of getting into the college of their choice, or just looking for a greater academic challenge, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes can be a great way to get ahead. AP and IB classes are college-level courses for high ...

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The Fruits of A College Degree – Part 2

Last time, we took a look at the results of a survey that tracked how college graduates are dealing with the realities of life after graduation. We saw some interesting statistics that revealed real-world circumstances vs. the idealistic visions of college students. In other words, for those grads surveyed, we saw that some, who had ...

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Tour de Campus

July is always a great month for sports watching. Since I was once a competitive tennis player, the Wimbledon Championships always hold my interest across that special fortnight. The other, much bigger scale, European event is the Tour de France, which covers three weeks, across some insanely gorgeous and punishing roads. As I write this, ...

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Johns Hopkins CTY: An Option for You?

Johns Hopkins CTY. The “CTY” stands for “Center for Talented Youth.” It’s a long-standing program that has benefitted many young students. Is it right for you your child? Our son experienced CTY’s Expository Writing Tutorial back in the early Nineties. He corresponded (by snail mail!) with a woman on the Johns Hopkins English faculty. I ...

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To Declare Or Not Declare

Today is July 4. Here in America, it’s Independence Day. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence, which set America free from British rule. It’s a national holiday. Time to have a picnic and watch some fireworks. (Be careful with those things!) I’d like to address another kind of declaration today, for the information of about-to-be ...

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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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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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