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Posted Feb. 12, 2016, 9 a.m. by Monica Fuglei | View Comments
Campus Safety: Know This Before You Go

This spring, as students are polishing off applications, visiting colleges, and awaiting acceptance letters, it’s a good idea to discuss what it means to live and thrive on a college campus. While it’s not an easy talk to have, discussions about campus safety can help both parents and students prepare for living in a college environment. Here are six things to remember. 1. Be aware. Campuses are often very comfortable places - homes away from home if you find the right one, but you have to be pragmatic. Follow standard safety advice about protecting valuables, being aware of your surroundings, ...

Posted Feb. 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by Matt Bair | View Comments
The Benefits of Taking Dual Credit Courses in College

As this father of a high school sophomore gets older, the list of things I wish someone would have told me when I was younger grows longer. For instance, I wish someone would have made a bigger deal out of dual-credit courses when I was in high school. Dual-credit courses are courses that some colleges offer to high school students so that they can get a jump on their college careers. Students receive simultaneous credit from both the college and the high school, while developing a better understanding of academic expectations in college – all at, in many cases, a ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2016, 9 a.m. by Lauren Walters | View Comments
Worried About a Major? You’ve Got Time

During the fall semester of my junior year at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., I became very sick with the H1N1 virus. I was an accounting major at the time. But after I got very low grades on my accounting exams, my academic advisor asked me, "Are you sure you want to do this?" At the time, getting healthy was my main priority. So, I made the final decision to drop accounting and switch my major to psychology. Was it a far stretch? I have a very analytic mindset. You need a very analytical mindset to be an accounting ...

Posted Feb. 9, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Considering College? Don’t Forget These Other Options

When my son was a high school senior he had no idea what he wanted to do after graduation. Since he was an average student, he felt college was not in the cards. Being involved in Junior ROTC throughout high school, he opted for the military instead of college. When he left for boot camp after graduation he was confident he had made the right decision. My daughter on the other hand, knew she wanted to go to college and where she wanted to go. When she graduated, she left for college content she had made the right decision. My ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 10 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Get Advice from an Affordable TeenLife Coach

Now more families can afford tailored coaching, admissions, and scholarship advice for every high school student in the family at a fraction of the cost. Parents of high school students have a new, more affordable way to help their children successfully navigate the increasingly competitive and expensive college admissions process. LifeLaunchr, the post- secondary and college admissions coaching platform, and TeenLife, an online resource for academic and enrichment opportunities for teens, have launched TeenLife Coach, powered by LifeLaunchr. Instead of spending thousands of dollars for a private consultant, TeenLife Coach allows families to work with a virtual counselor at a ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 9:26 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Why You Need More Than One ‘Go To’ Friend Group

For the majority of my time in high school I had one group of friends who I hung out with. The group was me and four other guys I got along with pretty well. I knew a lot of other people of course, but these were the guys I called up on Friday night and who I regularly went skateboarding with after school. It was great to be close with these guys, but it wasn’t perfect. Let’s just put it this way: While it was great to be close with this group, I also felt a little like I was ...

Posted Feb. 5, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Dreaming of a STEM Career? You Need to Know This

On a chilly winter morning, students in a suburban Washington, D.C., middle school classroom are raising their hands to report their career choice, and their responses have changed from those from kids in those seats even five years ago. There are fewer future doctors, policemen, and veterinarians, and more than half say they want to be programmers, engineers, or are certain they want to work in a much-promoted STEM career. Common wisdom of late would say that’s good for the economy, the country and the kids themselves? But is this love affair with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) such ...

Posted Feb. 4, 2016, 9 a.m. by Jessica Zdunek | View Comments
How to Pick a College Minor and Why it's Important

Most people never consider a minor until their freshman or sophomore year of college, despite the fact they've often been thinking about a major for years already. Minors often completely overlooked - and they shouldn't be! Adding a minor has the potential to be an important part of your college experience, but what exactly is a minor, and do you actually need one? What's a college minor? Your major is the primary subject you'll study in college. Your minor is your secondary field of study, meaning you'll take multiple classes in this area but not quite as many as you ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2016, 9:54 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
Crank Up the WPM: Our Test of RSVP Readers

If you’re a decently fast reader, you can read, at most, at about 400 words per minute (WPM). (You can check how fast you read here.) So when I first started reading claims that programmers were developing new apps to help people read at 1,000 WPM, needless to say, I was skeptical. These apps seemed like gimmicks at best. When I tried the apps for myself, though, I was actually pleasantly surprised. The theory behind these so-called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) apps is that when we read, we waste a lot of time because our eyes constantly make unnecessary ...

Posted Feb. 2, 2016, 9:40 a.m. by Mary Bowen | View Comments
No Regrets: Why I Didn’t Choose the Same College As My Best Friend

One of the hardest things about choosing a college was rejecting my best friend. OK, I didn’t really reject her. I just didn’t go to the same school she went to, but at the time that’s what it felt like on both sides. I agonized over this decision and I tried to talk myself into liking her first-pick. It was a popular choice among kids in my high school and my mom loved it, too. But it simply wasn’t for me, and after having spent my high school years being that kid who kept her head down, went along with ...

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