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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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10 Things Parents Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader

10 Things Parents Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader

1-Prevent transcript disasters
2-Scout for activities
3-Encourage your kid to seek challenge in academic areas of strength
4-Help your kid seek extra-curricular depth vs. breadth
5-Offer clerical support
6-Make campus visits part of family trips
7-Choose battles carefully
8-Do stealth research
9-Urge your kid to build relationships with adults
10-Support your kid’s development as a complete human being

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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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First Aid for a Disappointing Grade…

First aid for a disappointing grade depends on whether it is for a marking period or an annual transcript grade, and which year, from a college admissions standpoint.

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Doping to Ace the SATs?

This morning I read yet another article about cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has been stripped of his Tour de France medals due to accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs. As a college consultant, I cannot help but consider the connection between doping for sports competitions and the “Tour de

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A College Consultant’s Christmas List 2012: Young People with a Personal Mission

A few years ago, I wrote a post called “A College Consultant’s Grown-Up Christmas List,” after the moving Amy Grant holiday song that is omnipresent on the radio this time of year. During a season that is always bittersweet for many reasons, I have decided it might

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Teen-Parent Partnership: A New Paradigm for the College Process

Back in the day, many Boomers recall, applying to college was a simple, straightforward matter, which could easily be handled independently by a high school student, with Mom and Dad checking in at the end to ensure they could afford it. How the world has changed. Over the

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The College Process, Not “The Hunger Games”: Networking with Other Families

As a college consultant, I am often surprised to learn that most families shoulder the stressful, confusing college process in isolation from a free, rich resource to which they have access: other families. This “go it alone” modus operandi may stem from: a lack of connection with

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Colleges for B Students

Nobody’s perfect. Not every teenager is bound for the Ivy League. While parents who interview me as a potential consultant for their college-bound superstar ask about my track record with elite institutions, it is in fact a greater challenge to help a B student find an ideal college

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