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Posted May 26, 2016, 10:38 a.m. by Shaun Royer | View Comments
7 Things To Consider Before Getting into the Acting & Music “Biz”

7 Things To Consider Before Getting into the Acting & Music “Biz” Are you the life of the party? Always singing? Do you watch “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent” and say, “I can do that!” Have you considered going to auditions? Helping young people achieve their goals has been my dream job for over 20 years. It’s my business and I love it. I’ve watched thousands of talented artists make it to the big screen, on the air and even to prestigious universities. You may know some: Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez. What makes me proud is how ...

Posted May 24, 2016, 10:16 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Write the Best College Admissions Essay

How to Write the Best College Admissions Essay The college admissions essay is perhaps the most dreaded part of the college application process. The essay creates frustration for students, stress for parents, and an overall feeling of dread as the deadline for submission approaches. The essay, however, doesn’t have to be an insurmountable project. With the right information, realistic time management and good proofing and editing, the college essay should be a shining achievement when submitted with your application for undergraduate admissions. These FAQs about the college application essay should help you tell your story with an end goal of ...

Posted May 23, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Why Test-Optional Colleges are Too Good to Be True

Not every student tests well. Some excel in completing tests and others struggle with the time constraints and stress, even if they take a college test-prep course or have a tutor. But standardized tests like the SAT and ACT are often one of the key components of a college application, so it would stand to reason that students who struggle would welcome the option of not including test scores in their application. In the last few years, with the uncertainty of standardized tests and the inconsistency in grading, test-optional colleges have become more appealing to students and their parents. What ...

Posted May 20, 2016, 9 a.m. by The College Board | View Comments
Start Planning for College This Summer with BigFuture

Start Planning for College This Summer with BigFuture Ahh, summer. Time for swimming, barbecuing, and … college planning? If you’re heading into your senior year this fall, summer is the perfect time to get ready for college application season. Here are a few simple ways you can make sure you’re all set to start applying to colleges this fall. Get to Know Yourself Finding the right college is all about knowing who you are and what you’re looking for. Thinking about what you do well, what challenges you, and what you’ve always wanted to try can help you better understand ...

Posted May 16, 2016, 9 a.m. by Filippo Cipriani | View Comments
Boost Your Creativity With These 5 Steps

You’ve probably had moments when you could use a boost of creativity, such as when that college essay prompt is staring you in the face and your keyboard seems to be frozen. But there are things you can do to give yourself a creative jumpstart and help you buckle down on a college application or even solve an everyday problem. Creativity is often associated with artistic aptitude. However that is only part of the story. You can be creative in all kinds of situations: sports, school, social situations and business (although creative accounting is discouraged and is actually illegal in ...

Posted May 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Pastry chef? Illustrator? Diver? Yup, Those are STEM Careers

6 Unusual Careers for Future STEM Majors Many students assume that a STEM degree will lead to a career as an engineer or a researcher, but this is not always true. Science, technology, engineering and math degrees have many applications outside of what you might imagine when you are considering a course or, say a summer chemistry camp. Here are six careers you might not have imagined: 1. Medical illustrator Medical illustration combines the arts and science. Medical illustration is a small, highly competitive field, and most individuals who work in this area have a master’s degree in medical illustration. ...

Posted May 12, 2016, 1:18 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School

Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School Garrett Royce credits the Vermont Academy of Science & Technology (VAST) program at Vermont Tech for making his college career a success. The VAST program is an early college, independent high school exclusively for high school seniors who want to receive a high school diploma and complete a year of college at the same time. The fully accredited program is specifically for high school seniors with a strong ability in math and science. “The transition from being a high school student to becoming a college student was virtually a seamless one as a ...

Posted May 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Try This 5-Step Reality Check for Your Degree’s Earning Power

Try This 5-Step Reality Check for Your Degree’s Earning Power Being realistic about earning potential after college graduation is an important part of your college application decision. When you weigh your financial aid packages, ask yourself whether or not you will be able to repay any college loans you take out to pay for the education. Even if the college is prestigious, a high-priced degree may not be the best choice if you are offered a bad financial aid package or have to depend on loans. Here are some tips to help decide whether your degree will be a good ...

Posted May 9, 2016, 9:36 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Reasons Why College Tuition Is So Darn High

5 Reasons Why College Tuition is SO Darn High There is one thing you can be sure of in life: College tuition will rise every year. Prices rise and fall all around us, but tuition never seems to go down. Using the latest U.S. Department of Education data, from the 2003 to 2013 academic years, prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board at public institutions rose 39 percent, and prices at private nonprofit institutions rose 27 percent, after adjustment for inflation. According to Labor Department statistics, that is nearly twice as fast as growth in medical care. Tuition prices are ...

Posted May 6, 2016, 11:06 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Tips for a Great Summer Program or Gap Year

First Time Overseas? 3 Tips for a Great Summer Program or Gap Year I’ve been on the road for over a full year and during that time lived in five different Asian countries for a few months each (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, and China). I just spent some time in Florida for a conference after spending two months in Mexico. So if you are going on an overseas teen program this summer or setting off on a gap year, I can help. I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, and met many, many interesting people I would never run ...

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