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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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Move Your Application to the Top of the Pile

Move Your Application to the Top of the Pile

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin. While guiding suburban high school students in New Jersey and New York as they apply to college, I have become acquainted with many distinctive, talented adolescents. I have also observed many similarities, such as the colleges to which they

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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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Preparing to Major in…the Performing Arts

Preparing to Major in…the Performing Arts

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” – Rumi. Your son or daughter is not just  a “triple threat,”  a performer who excels in acting, singing and dancing. He or she is an academic superstar as well. How can you help your teenager

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Colleges with Arts Merit Scholarships

Sometimes being an artist can help you not to starve. If your high school student is gifted and accomplished in the arts, those talents may be worth money in college. It turns out, a number of universities offer arts scholarships, to attract talented students to enrich the

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Preparing for a Major in…Psychology

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Preparing for a Major in…Marine Science

Your teen has always been interested in the ocean. What guidance can you offer to help her prepare for a future college major and career related to the marine environment? This is the first post of a series about preparation for a college major.  “Listen for the

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Why Study Liberal Arts in College?

Lynn O’Shaughnessy, higher education journalist, author of The College Solution, and expert on all things college and financial at the College Solution Blog and CBS Money Watch, recently wrote a thought-provoking piece called “8 Reasons Not to Get A Business Degree.” I highly recommend Lynn’s post for

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Do You Need “A Passion” To Get Into College?

Who brought that ubiquitous word “PASSION” to the college admissions process? Consultants? “How To Apply” books? Admissions officers? Guidance counselors? This word does not come from a teen vocabulary. It’s too extreme, too emotional, too revealing, too blurred with sex or romance, too intense, too uncool, too

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Finding the Best College for Your Major

“My son is interested in sports marketing,” the father explains when I pick up the “BATPHONE“ at Position U 4 College. “What colleges should we look at that would offer that major?” Fortunately, I can suggest several excellent books for finding schools that offer (and are known

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