Planning

Variations on Spring Break

It’s that time of year again for both high schoolers and college students. Spring Break! I recently discussed early planning for spring break for those of you who are going to be heading to some of the classic and traditional spring break sites, such as beach communities (think Daytona Beach and Cancun, Mexico). Oh, speaking ...

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College Process Smartphone Apps

The question may be, “How can I make college easier?” The answer may be, “There’s an app for that!” We’re living in an age where our phones, iPads, and other mobile platforms can solve (or at least help with) many of life’s everyday problems and/or tasks. For example, did you know that there’s an app ...

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Perils of Senioritis

In the past, we have discussed the various advantages of Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) here. For those of you who have taken advantage of one of these avenues and received good news in December or even earlier, you no doubt exhaled a large sigh of relief. What could possibly be wrong with ...

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up? Don’t laugh. That can make a lot of difference in your life. In my humble opinion, there are far too many variables in a young person’s life related to that question. Of course, we all had our dreams of youth: “I want to be a ...

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Looking Ahead to Junior-Senior Year

This article is for high school sophomores, those 10th graders out there who are sometimes overlooked in the realm of college admissions advice. So, just for the record, I want to address some thoughts to that group, who will be so-called “rising juniors” at the end of this school year. Appropriately, then, let me get ...

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Optimizing Your Test Skills

Why is it that some high schools and colleges choose to hang the Sword of Damocles over students’ heads during the holidays? I’m talking about tests. Finals, and in some cases even mid-terms, looming right after year-end holiday break can cause the acid to churn in students’ stomachs. Things have gotten better recently for some ...

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A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrounding the world of college admissions, parents who are concerned about providing the right “flight plan” for their children to prepare for college need an overall schedule. There is a preferred time to ...

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Good “ROI” Colleges

“ROI,” for those of you unfamiliar with the term, means Return On Investment. Concerning the world of higher education, every year, various publications come out with their “rankings.” You’ll see biggest party schools, top-ranked universities and liberal arts colleges, best food (I mentioned those schools a while ago), best teachers, best grad programs, most expensive, ...

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The Gap Year: Better Later Than Never

I’ve talked about the so-called “Gap Year” before. According to aptly named PlanetGapYear.com, a Gap Year is “a period of time when students take a break from formal education to travel, volunteer, study, intern, or work. A gap year is also referred to as a deferred year, year out, year off, time out, time off. ...

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