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Posted Dec. 8, 2016, 2:32 p.m. by Amy Williams | View Comments
Gap year application tips

Are you thinking about taking a gap year between high school and college? Teachers, parent, and friends may have advised you to apply to college and then ask to defer admission for a year once you are accepted. But, this strategy doesn’t work for everyone. After all, getting into a university is intensely competitive, so there’s no guarantee you will get into the school of your dreams straight out of high school. And some high school graduates may want to take time off to figure out their finances or decide if college is the appropriate next step. Regardless of the ...

Posted Dec. 6, 2016, 12:12 p.m. by Gregory Belanger | View Comments
Ocean Passages gap year program crew ship

Historic change is underway in Cuba and Ocean Passages’ gap-year program combines traditional hands-on sailing with a chance to experience this transformation along the island’s spectacular southern coastline. Aboard the 130-foot schooner Harvey Gamage, you’ll navigate by the stars, snorkel on remote reefs, explore cays and mangroves – and engage directly in the dialogue about a post-embargo Cuba. The voyages seize this moment to explore the causes and effects from the unique perspective of a Tall Ship and with a commitment to responsible stewardship of the marine environment. Ocean Passages offers fall and spring “Adventure with Purpose” voyages along the ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2016, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Don't shy away from applying for scholarships.

There is great discussion among parents and students about whether or not college scholarship applications are worth it. Students complain about the time involved with seemingly little to show for it. Parents urge, and often nag, their students to apply. Other parents believe it’s simply a waste of time. I happen to be one who believes scholarship applications are indeed worth the time and effort. My daughter attended an expensive private university based on the scholarships she won from outside sources and from the college or university itself. Those scholarships allowed her to attend a school that was financially out ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2016, 8 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
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It’s still uncommon for students to use video and other media in college applications and colleges have mixed attitudes toward them. If, however, you want to spice up your high school resume, there are some college-ready platforms that can help. Jobma, for example, offers video services for job applicants and to students for college applications. Other companies will help produce an application video. Students film themselves through a webcam and the companies do the rest, including posting. Some students tape their own videos and put them on YouTube or other social media and send the colleges a link. That, however, ...

Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Consider the traits of student at liberal arts colleges

As you decide where to attend college, one of the choices is whether or not to apply to a liberal arts school – an undergraduate institution that emphasizes the liberal arts and sciences such as art history, literature and mathematics. Although some research universities include a liberal arts department, liberal arts colleges are typically differentiated from technical colleges and research universities. What might make you a good match for a liberal arts college? What attributes do liberal arts students share? Consider these traits as you apply to colleges: 1. You enjoy discussing ideas. If you are excited about attending college ...

Posted Nov. 17, 2016, 9 a.m. by Karyn Koven, Ed.D | View Comments
7 Things to Consider When Planning a Gap Year

Each year millions of high school seniors contend for coveted spots at the most prestigious universities. Persisting through the fray has become a rite of passage at high schools across the nation. Pressure to compete in the college admissions game has turned some students into robot-like machines, frying their circuits on over-programmed schedules of extracurricular activities, volunteering, and homework while they overdose on AP exams, SATs, ACTs and subject exams throughout their high school years. What has become the traditional high school experience leaves some students feeling burned out and longing for a way to reignite their passion for learning. ...

Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 9 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
The Pro’s Checklist to Be a Hit in the Music Business

Darryl Purpose’s life in music has taken him around the world, including to a Moscow stadium where he shared a stage with Santana and Bonnie Raitt, but there have been plenty of ups and downs along the way. “It’s really hard to have a career in the arts,” he says. “You have to have talent. You have to persevere. You have to have a little luck.” Purpose, whose latest CD hit No. 1 on The Roots Music Report’s chart for contemporary folk albums, enjoys offering advice to young musicians. The main thing teens interested in music need to remember, he ...

Posted Nov. 10, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Comparing the Different Types of College Applications

Not only can choosing a college be confusing and overwhelming, once you finalize your college choices you have another decision to make: Which college application should you use? In the past, each college had its own application. Students had to complete an application for every college they applied to. It was a tedious task and often discouraged students from submitting multiple applications. Now, students can take advantage of various online applications. But does it matter which application you submit? How do you know which application is the best one for the colleges you apply to? Each of these application choices ...

Posted Nov. 8, 2016, 1:40 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Don't Make These 10 College Essay Mistakes

A key part of any college application is the college essay. Essays create much stress among students (and their parents) who want to craft the best possible application essay to make the best possible impression on admissions officers. There’s a reason why schools require students to include essays, and it’s not just to see a sample of their writing ability. With thousands of applicants sporting similar qualifications, something has to tip the scales and it just might be the essay section. Download Following are 10 mistakes you should avoid on your college application essays: 1. DON’T write about controversial subjects. ...

Posted Nov. 3, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The 5 Best Reasons To Go To College

Is college truly all about ROI (return on investment)? Do we encourage kids to apply to college solely based on the fact that they will give us a good return on our investment – a job that pays well after college? Should you go into massive debt for a liberal arts degree that leaves you unemployable? Absolutely not. But can you get a liberal arts degree and in the process discover your passion? Absolutely. If you ask both of my children if they considered college ROI, they would have different answers. My daughter would say that college was so much ...

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