Planning

Smart College Choices

Okay. Let’s say that you’re a a rising high school senior, or even a rising junior who is thinking heavily about where to go to college. Maybe you’re the parent of a senior or junior and you’ve been pondering this whole college selection process for some time. Well, it’s now time to think about due ...

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Your College Application Billboard

In today’s world, we are being constantly bombarded by advertising intended to “market” this or that product or service. I foresee a future world where advertisements and slick 30-second commercials are beamed directly into our heads. We’ll be taking a nice quiet walk in the autumn woods when suddenly, out of nowhere, we’ll hear a ...

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Buyer’s Remorse: Daughter Said Yes to the Wrong College

Question: It is 4 weeks before college starts and my daughter feels she has made a mistake in her college choice. She was very torn with her decision and we feel she is right. She made a choice based on what she felt we wanted and what would be better financially for us as a ...

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The “Why” of College Selection

The outcomes of the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky child abuse tragedy have brought us closer to understanding that hero worship and sports idolatry can take some people right off the pier of rational thought. Unless you just parachuted in from another solar system, you no doubt know that Penn State University has been devastated by the ...

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Procrastinating College Planners

Are you familiar with the term “senioritis”? In its most common form, senioritis takes place in high school seniors who have already been accepted to and enrolled in a college. This feeling of a secure academic future can lull seniors into a false sense of “I’ve got it made now!” Consequently, they tend to back ...

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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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College Life vs. Bank Fees

The tide of simple and cost-efficient college life is going out. Fast. Remember Gordon Gekko? Remember his signature line from the movie Wall Street? “Greed is good!” Well, his affirmation has manifested itself in almost a thousand colleges throughout the land when it comes to forcing their students to conform to their procedure for accessing ...

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College Cost Bubble Trouble

I’ve touched on this topic before, but the situation continues to get worse. Now, even the major mainstream media are becoming involved. Here’s Lawrence T. Lesick, vice president for enrollment management at Ohio Northern University, quoted in no less a source than the May 14, 2012 New York Times: “We know the model is not ...

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Should We Hire a Private College Counselor?

Question: Our friends have hired an independent college counselor to help their son maximize his Ivy League admission chances. My own son (a junior with a B/B- average) has a college list that is far more modest, but the guidance counselor at his high school is new and doesn’t seem very well informed. We are ...

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Picking Your Professors

Okay, seniors. Most of you who have applied to college have received your acceptances, denials, waitlistings, or deferred enrollment notices by now. The time has come to make your decision about where you will attend, come this fall. As entering first-year college students, you’ll have much to learn, and that will involve a lot of ...

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