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Posted May 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Melissa Hanan | View Comments
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 1 in 5 children aged 13-18 currently have, or have once had, a mental health disorder. Despite the incidence and widespread research of mental health conditions, stigma and misconceptions still surround those struggling with mental health issues. May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month across the nation to help combat stigma and educate others on mental health. One way to show your support is to make a StigmaFree Pledge through the National Alliance on Mental Illness. From eating disorders and depression to how to help teens cope with stress ...

Posted May 20, 2015, 8:19 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Later Start Times for Middle and High School Students

Every weekday morning at 6:35 am, I go into my 17-year-old daughter’s room to make sure she has heard her alarm clock. I usually find her with the covers drawn over her head. I shake her lightly and she groggily says, “I’m up,” followed by, “I’m so tired.” I wish I could let her sleep later, but her bus arrives at 7:05 am for classes that begin at 7:40. Our situation is fairly common. Most parents of teenagers will agree that getting them up in time for school is a challenge. The reason is straightforward: teens go to bed too ...

Posted May 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Working at McDonald's or Starbucks—More Than a Fast Food Job

Your friends are making plans for summer. You have chosen to work at a fast food job to save money for college. That’s a responsible decision on your part, but did you know working at McDonald's or Starbucks can score you college tuition? Starbucks In a recent announcement, Starbucks says its workers are now eligible for four years of tuition for an online degree from Arizona State University. Previously, only two years of tuition were covered by the company. Starbucks’ latest decision is part of the latest effort by companies who are rethinking their treatment of low-wage workers. The Seattle-based ...

Posted May 18, 2015, 8 a.m. by Robert Kohen | View Comments
Seven Questions To Ask Before You Hire That SAT or ACT Tutor

With summer fast approaching, this is the time many parents begin to look for an SAT or ACT tutor. If you’re one of those parents, chances are you may have already heard from a friend or teacher about a tutor in your area. Before you sign your child up for tutoring, however, you’ll want to make sure the tutor is worth the investment. Here are seven critical questions that you should ask any SAT or ACT tutor before making the hire: 1. Do you use real test questions? Some tutors and tutoring companies produce all of their teaching materials in-house. ...

Posted May 16, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
You've Accepted an Offer of Admission - Now What?

You’ve mailed your deposit check and accepted an offer of admission from the college of your choice. The long, drawn out college admissions process is over and you have turned a page in your education book. The next step: college. And with it comes excitement, anticipation and even anxiety. But the next three months should give you an opportunity to prepare for the next step in your life. Take the time to enjoy your graduation. You have completed twelve years of education and are ready to move forward to college. It’s quite an accomplishment and you should be proud of ...

Posted May 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by Johnny Duda | View Comments
Admissions Timeline for Rising Seniors: Six Ways to Get Ahead of the Curve

Here are 6 ways you can maximize your time this summer to get ahead of your college applications: 1. Finalize Your List Deciding early which schools are “best fit” for you will help you get a head start on everything else. You want to narrow your list to 8-10 schools (max 12) with a balance of admissions selectivity. Aim for at least 2 “safety” schools, 4 “target” schools, and 2 “reach” schools. If you aren’t sure how to categorize the schools on your list, speak to your college counselor before summer break! If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit ...

Posted May 14, 2015, 9:30 a.m. by Steven Vasquez Lopez | View Comments
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I started drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon: first, cartoons from TV and newspaper comics, and later, the music icons from Rolling Stone covers. I always wanted to pursue art, but I was concerned about creating a stable future for myself. As the first of my family to attend a four-year college, I felt I had to pursue a career that would be sensible and lucrative. What I discovered surprised everyone: artists develop skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, and visual communication that apply to countless “real-world” opportunities. Going to art school is not just a ...

Posted May 13, 2015, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
A Scholarship All Teens Should Know About

Sometimes there’s a substantial payoff in computer games. Budget Challenge, an online simulation game created by H&R Block that teaches teenagers about money, has just awarded $3 million in individual scholarships, classroom grants and cash prizes to students and teachers across the country. Think of it as wisdom from your financial advisor. This year’s grand winner is Sean Lawrence, 17, of St. Clair, Michigan. Sean earned a $120,000 scholarship for being the most real-world ready among more than 94,000 game participants. A senior at St. Clair High School, he plans to use his scholarship at community college for two years ...

Posted May 12, 2015, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
Ron Lieber's Three Money Jars: Financial Goals for College & Beyond

Imagine three jars sitting on your kitchen counter – spend, save and give. That’s how your teenager should be thinking about money before leaving for college. The advice comes from Ron Lieber, “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times and author of “The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money.” The jars are straightforward: One is for disposable income, one is for savings for a future expense and the third, for helping others. The three jars might start out as tangible containers or accounts, but eventually they translate into values for teens to ...

Posted May 11, 2015, 8 a.m. by Robert Morris | View Comments
Don’t Enjoy Being a Student? These 9 Tools Can Fix That!

You have probably heard this statement many times before: “there is an app for everything!” If you are a student, you’ll find that this is true. You are fortunate enough to belong to a generation of students who don’t need to think about giving up when they encounter a problem. Start using the apps and websites listed below; your life will become much easier thanks to technology! 1. Unstuck Are you stuck in one of those moments when everything seems impossible and you’re unable to study, write projects, or attend classes? This is the tool you need! Unstuck will ask ...

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