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Posted Aug. 18, 2016, 9 a.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
4 Strategies to Fund the Gap Year of Your Dreams

Whether you want to see the world, test out an interest or learn a new skill, taking a gap year after high school can send you in an exciting new direction. But is it possible to have an affordable life-changing experience and still have enough money to return to the even-more expensive world of academia? Absolutely, say the experts, and they are keenly aware of your budgetary concerns. “Affordability is kind of my thing because, frankly, I’m kind of shocked when I see some of the prices for these gap programs,” says Sue Di Filippo, owner of the student consulting ...

Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 9:47 a.m. by Gwyneth Findlay | View Comments
6 Tips To Survive the First 6 Weeks of College

Starting college may feel like going back to school feels every year. It’s in August or September, the month you’ve started classes for most of your life. You’re heading into four months of classes during weekdays – much like every other semester of school you’ve experienced. You’ve spent the last few weeks collecting odds and ends of school supplies and other college essentials, which feels a lot like the annual school supply round-up you’ve done for many years. While these similarities are comforting, the first few weeks at college can be overwhelming, even with college orientation. Here are a few ...

Posted Aug. 11, 2016, 2:08 p.m. by Rachel Devaney | View Comments
 8 Ways to Rock as a Summer Intern

While scoring a summer high school internship is a major league accomplishment – it's only half the game. You may have spent the year perfecting your resume, collecting references and applying for a spectrum of summer internships, but, once you get it, maintaining it is a job in itself. All students can benefit greatly from some preparation and training before they begin their internships, says Monique De La Oz, senior director of career development at Phipps Neighborhoods, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive education and career programs for young people and families in the New York City area. "What many ...

Posted Aug. 9, 2016, 1:37 p.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
Aly Raisman Tumbles to Gold

In the spirit of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, we wanted to bring back this gem of an interview with Aly Raisman from our 2013 Life with Teens magazine. Good luck Aly! “Stick it.” That’s what every young gymnast, including my daughters and I hoped to see as we watched the teen tumbling phenom, Aly Raisman, rotate the floor at the 2012 Olympics. And stick it she did. With two air-catching vaults; a perfectly placed landing off the uneven bars; a heart-stopping performance on the beam (and bronze); and the delivery of what is now deemed the “greatest women’s Olympic ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2016, 9:59 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
How to Rock a Sports Showcase This Summer

Summer camps bring to mind idyllic images of roasting s’mores by sunset campfires and splashing into crystal-clear watering holes. But it’s a different game if you’re a young athlete who wants to sharpen skills to make the high school varsity squad, or you’re already a star looking to showcase talents for college recruiters or for an athletic scholarship. Sports camps come in all shapes and sizes for all abilities, and there are thousands to choose from. So how do you know which will be the best fit for you? We surveyed several experts for tips, including coaches who organize and ...

Posted Aug. 3, 2016, 11:09 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
7 Steps to Finding a Great High School Tutor

It’s no longer a stigma to ask for extra help. Almost 65 percent of students in one Dallas suburban school district used a tutor or received after-school coaching in the classroom, according to a 2011 study reported in D magazine. “Sometimes kids ask for it, sometimes parents,” says Libby Sassano, a private tutor in the Ridgefield, Conn., area, who works with high school students. “Parents know when the grades start to go down or when their kids are really stressed out.” Our experts say a tutor or coach can build the confidence so critical to success, whether it’s in a ...

Posted Aug. 1, 2016, 9:32 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Common App vs. Coalition App: Which to choose?

Over the last few years, several leading colleges and universities decided to offer an alternative to the Common Application and formed the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. They developed a new application that allows students to start building a college portfolio online as soon as they enter high school. This will be the first year that students can use the Coalition application, although it will be accepted by only about 10 percent of the number of colleges that accept the Common App. The Common App has nearly 700 member colleges, the Coalition App has 93 member colleges but for ...

Posted July 26, 2016, 9:10 a.m. by Rachel Devaney | View Comments
Beef Up Your Resume with a High School Internship

High school internships let you explore interests, learn new things, get on-the-job-training and develop skills that will boost your college applications and help you be successful. An internship allows a student to demonstrate an interest in something specific and “that makes them a much better candidate for college,” said career advisor Allison Cheston of Career Connector. Internships can also help develop a network for college letters of recommendation and reflect your interest in specific areas, such as pre-med programs and medical school. While it might be easier to find internships in major cities, such as Washington, D.C., Chicago or Boston, ...

Posted July 25, 2016, 2 p.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
5 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Your College Application This Summer

Whether your summer plans involve flipping burgers or lounging at the shore, we recommend five simple steps that won’t overly-detract from your summer but will give you a leg up in the college admissions process come the frenetically-paced autumn months that loom ahead. 1. Demonstrate interest. Carve out a few moments to show your prospective colleges some love. Trust us, with yield-rate statistics causing admissions officers many restless nights, making schools feel wanted can leave a favorable impression. Whether or not a student showed interest in the form of a campus visit, an email, or time surfing the university website ...

Posted July 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
6 Tips to Get the Max out of Summer College Visits

The summer may seem like the perfect time for you and your family to visit college campuses. Unfortunately, many campuses are much less active in summer. Most college students return home, and colleges can very nearly seem abandoned or taken over by high school sports camps. But with a bit of advance planning, you can maximize your visit and at least have more information than you started with. A summer visit is better than never stepping foot on campus before you apply. Campus visits are a very important part of the college decision process. They allow you to gain a ...

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