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Becoming a Recruited College Athlete–or Not?

Becoming a Recruited College Athlete–or Not?

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” –J.W. Von Goethe. At the first YMCA kindergarten soccer game, I remember watching cute little tykes in their brand new shin guards and cleats, chasing the ball around the field in closely clustered,

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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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Preparing for Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry

Your high school student has always wanted to be doctor or dentist. What guidance can you offer to help prepare for a pre-health program in college? Let me suggest an approach for clarifying what your student’s interest is and where it may be leading; then how to

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The Coalition versus the Common Application

The Coalition versus the Common Application

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” –Alan Watts. In April, 2016, the first phase of a new online college preparation and application platform is scheduled to be launched by the Coalition for

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Not Just Getting into College: Parenting for Purpose

Not Just Getting into College: Parenting for Purpose

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson. Remember the midlife crisis movie, City Slickers? Billy Crystal plays a burned

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High School Testing Strategy and Timeline

High School Testing Strategy and Timeline

“My secret is practice.”  -David Beckham. The alarm clock rings, startling me out of sound REM sleep. I grab it furiously, switch it off, and hurl it to the floor. Then I glance at the time, and—YIKES! I’m late! I leap out of bed. It’s Saturday morning

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What Is Important to Colleges? Top Ten Factors

What Is Important to Colleges? Top Ten Factors

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” -William James. SATs as an extracurricular activity? Traveling soccer clubs beginning in kindergarten? Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless? President of the tiddly-wink club? Curing cancer with My First Chemistry Kit? What should

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Academic Awards to Earn for College

Academic Awards to Earn for College

“Even when you get some recognition, everything you do, you still audition.” – Stephen Sondheim. Most American teenagers have shelves filled with plastic trophies from sports and other competitions going back to kindergarten. In contrast, many high school students are at a loss to fill in the five-item list

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Preparing for Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Animal

Preparing for Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Animal

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” -Anatole France Your high school student has always talked about someday becoming a vet. What guidance can you offer to help  your teen prepare for an undergraduate pre-veterinary track or the diverse array of

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Honorable Adulthood

Honorable Adulthood

“…God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and see our boys grown up to honorable manhood around us.” – Major Sullivan Ballou. September, 1990. Our son was six months old. My husband and I were engaged in Ken Burns‘ PBS documentary, The Civil War, whenever

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