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“Senioritis” and What To Do About It

“Growing up is a process, not an event.” – Paul B. Jamison. The head of the Northern New Jersey high school my son attended years ago was a wise and witty woman. I well remember how she warned parents of what to expect when “senioritis” would eventually hit

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First “College List” Question: Private versus Public University

First “College List” Question: Private versus Public University

“A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.” – John Ciardi. It’s no secret that the rise in the cost of an American college education has outpaced inflation for decades. A compelling summary by finaid.org reveals a 1.5 ratio of tuition inflation

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December 15 College News: Early Decision Acceptance

December 15 College News: Early Decision Acceptance

“The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.”  -Bette Midler. This post offers suggestions for next steps after receiving notification of acceptance from the Early Decision I college, with valuable advice from the “how to” college admissions process classic, Admissions Matters: What Students and

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December 15 College News: Early Action Acceptance

December 15 College News: Early Action Acceptance

“What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi. This post offers suggestions for next steps after receiving acceptance from an Early Action college, with advice from Admissions Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College by Sally S. Springer, Jon Reider & Marion R. Franck.

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December 15 College News: Deferral or Denial

December 15 College News: Deferral or Denial

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill. This post offers suggestions for next steps after receiving a deferral or denial from an Early Action or Early Decision college, with advice from Admissions Matters: What Students and Parents Need to

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College Acceptances and Denials: The Best and Worst Things That Could Happen

College Acceptances and Denials: The Best and Worst Things That Could Happen

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect to your future.” -Steve Jobs. There seems to be so much at stake when college admissions decisions come out, whether it is

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College Transfers: Why or Why Not?

College Transfers: Why or Why Not?

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.” – Winston Churchill. Your college freshman is home for Thanksgiving or winter break. He or she seems happy to be home, but not so eager to return to school for spring semester. Sometime between handing

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College Freshmen Home for Thanksgiving

College Freshmen Home for Thanksgiving

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”– Oscar Wilde. It’s yet another rite of passage for college freshmen. For some, it is the first time they will be home since they left for college in August. For others, it is the first time

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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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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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