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Navigating the Road to College and Beyond

Our blog offers wisdom for parents as they raise their high school students, guiding their transitions to college, graduate school, and the workplace. You will find many of your college application questions answered here, so take some time to peruse our categories!

Posts by Kris Hintz with updates by Kestin Gussoff.

When to Start the College Application Process

When to Start the College Application Process

“Learn to cultivate your own garden.” – Voltaire. Your high school guidance department probably does not officially start the college application process until January of junior year. That timing is partially driven by staffing, since during the fall of your teen’s junior year, the guidance department is focused on seniors

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Why Does a High School Student Need a Resume?

Why Does a High School Student Need a Resume?

“Am I My Resume?” -Edward Kleban, A Chorus Line. Why does an 11th or 12th Grader need to create a RESUME? After all, the high school guidance department already asks for a “brag sheet,” that usually includes a template for recording one’s activities and accomplishments. The Common

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The Move to College as “Group Therapy”

The Move to College as “Group Therapy”

“It always is harder to be left behind than to be the one to go…” -Brock Thoene. Years ago, I sat in a graduate psychology class on family systems therapy. The first day, our professor asked us to reflect on our families of origin, and introduce ourselves

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How Important Is the College Essay, Really?

How Important Is the College Essay, Really?

“Say what you need to say.” – John Mayer. For the budding J.K. Rowlings among us, the best part of the college application process is writing the essay. However, for many high school students, it looms like tomorrow’s trip to the oral surgeon to have wisdom teeth

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Freshman Year of College: Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire

Freshman Year of College: Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire

Your teenager has graduated from high school, having been accepted to a dream college whose bumper sticker you are proud to wear on the rear window of your car, and… knock on wood, it looks like you will be able to afford it. You breathe a huge

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The College Transition “Bible”

The College Transition “Bible”

“Planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower. How to get ready for the Big Move? Your teen is about to, or has just graduated from, high school, but he or she is not ready to think about becoming a college freshman yet. Parties, summer jobs, beach trips with

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The Summer Between High School and College

The Summer Between High School and College

“We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.” – Albert Camus. Your high school student has just completed those last (excruciatingly long) weeks of senior year. It has definitely been a grueling year, despite the many milestone celebrations, and both you and your

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The Critical Months for College Visits

The Critical Months for College Visits

“Timing is everything.” -Tommy Shaw You read my post, Why Juniors Should Visit Colleges on Winter and Spring Break, knowing the importance of February and March break during junior year for campus tours. But despite parents’ best intentions, life being what it is, the campus visits did not happen.

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Off to College: How to Choose Your Freshman Dorm–and Roommate

Off to College: How to Choose Your Freshman Dorm–and Roommate

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anaïs Nin. Soon after families of high school seniors send in the enrollment deposit for the chosen college, a

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The Four-Year High School Curriculum: Focus on What Matters

The Four-Year High School Curriculum: Focus on What Matters

“Always plan at least two steps ahead.” – A.J. Darkholme. As middle school is ending and guidance counselors help students plan 9th Grade courses, it will be valuable to take the long view, considering the entire high school curriculum. At first this seems like a nerve-wracking prospect: how can parents have any

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