Preparing For College

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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Will 8th Grade Art Class Affect High School GPA?

Question: Hello Dean, I am  currently an 8th grader doing a high school art class. I am currently not doing so well as I have a C in that class. Will this impact my high school GPA? This is a question for your guidance counselor and not for “The Dean” because different schools handle high ...

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Forget Me Not!

Some quick additional thoughts about the darker side of packing for college: forgetting stuff! Speaking of “forgetting,” did you know that some studies have shown that just walking through a doorway can make you forget? No, really. That could explain a lot, at least in my life. In Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget, ...

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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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