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Posted July 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Ways to Help Your Student Live Healthy

With so many unhealthy choices available today, it’s difficult to steer your teen away from the types of behaviors that encourage an unhealthy lifestyle. The time before they leave home for college is the time to reinforce what you have taught them to about living healthy and making wise choices. When they leave home and begin living independently, it will be easy for them to continue those good habits. 1. Have consistent family mealtime Families should have at least one mealtime when they eat together. It may be difficult in today’s fast-paced world, but it’s critical that you stick to ...

Posted July 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Textbook Apps for Soon-To-Be College Students

Any college student or soon-to-be college student needs an arsenal of textbook apps to help them shop for the best bargains, find the free ebooks and textbooks, and sell and trade books when the semester ends. These apps should fit the ticket. But don’t wait until the fall of freshman year to download them. There’s no time like the present to create a folder and start adding these 10 textbook apps to your mobile devices. 1. BigWords Nobody likes shopping for textbooks at the college bookstore. BigWords operates by the premise that students prefer to “shop for textbooks on smaller ...

Posted July 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
How I Faced  My Son's Asperger's Diagnosis

My son was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, which falls at the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum. It is a condition that often goes undiagnosed until the teenage years and when it happens, invariably leaves families feeling devastated, as well as floundering for answers, advice and help. Receiving the diagnosis The autistic spectrum is vast and those people that fall along it, and their symptoms, varies immensely. Some autism is severe and very difficult to miss, but for others, most notably those with Asperger’s, it is not always easy to identify. Children with more severe forms of autism are generally ...

Posted July 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Questions Parents Ask About College

Over the years, parents have cornered me and asked me questions about the college admissions process and their college-bound teens. While those questions are varied, and sometimes specific as they relate to their own circumstances, here is my list of the 10 most asked questions: 1. What can I do to help my “average” student stand out and get accepted to college? The good news is that the admissions application is not just about grades or test scores. They look at the overall picture: grades, SAT scores, essay, student resume, and interviews. There will always be a college that recognizes ...

Posted July 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Ways To Earn Money As You Travel

Wherever you travel, you will need money. In places like Asia and South America you will need less money, but your expenses never drop quite as low as you’d like. One way to earn your travel dollars is to save up while working a job at home. Within a few months you can earn enough for plane tickets, cheap hotel rooms, and fun activities. If you’re feeling more spontaneous, however, you can hop on that plane to Brazil much sooner if you’re able to earn money on the road. Think putting dough in your pocket while traveling is impossible or ...

Posted July 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Helping Your Teen To De-Stress About College Prep

It’s no surprise the middle name of college-bound teens is “stress”. According to a recent survey, 76 percent of college-bound students say they are stressed. And if your student is honest, college prep is one of her biggest stressors. If you live with one, you’re stressed too; and not just you, but your family as well. Granted, there are plenty of reasons to be stressed. And plenty of reasons why it’s impossible to avoid feeling stress (try as you might). Here are five stressful college prep tasks and how to help your teen alleviate the stress: The Grades Grades mean ...

Posted July 17, 2015, 8:10 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
Would raise community service money by dog walking?

Would you walk a neighbor’s dog to support cancer research? Proofread essays to help low-income families? Or even bake a pie to fight malaria? A new social platform uses what it calls “Fundearning” to allow students - or anyone - to earn money to support nonprofits. Giving Privilege, founded by Sthir Malkapur in 2014, works like this: First, you choose the charities you want to support and then figure out a service to provide to earn the money. This could be anything useful, like babysitting, tutoring, music lessons or tech help. Or you could use your time and talent to ...

Posted July 16, 2015, 8 a.m. by Alex Thaler | View Comments
7 changes in the common app

The Common Application recently announced some important changes for the upcoming admissions season based on feedback from students and nearly 600 member colleges. Although the new Common App won’t “go live” until Aug. 1, these changes have important implications for students getting a head start on their college application essays. Here are the updates: 1. Revised essay prompts Minor changes have been made to essays No. 1 and No. 2. There are no changes in No. 3 and No. 5. The No. 4 essay, however, has been completely revamped. Here’s a comparison. The changed language is in italics. No. 1: ...

Posted July 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
3 lessons from the women's soccer team

The World Cup victory of the United States women's soccer team has been heralded throughout the world and the players are being saluted coast to coast. Everyone loves a winner, especially when it comes wrapped in red, white and blue. But now what? The harsh reality is the afterglow will wane and these women will fade from the sporting consciousness, not likely to reappear until next summer’s Olympics in Brazil. So what lessons should our daughters (and sons) take from this team? 1.These were athletes – not female athletes. These players were all about grit and skill. The enduring emotional ...

Posted July 14, 2015, 8 a.m. by Heather Jensen | View Comments
Top 5 Reasons to Major in Communicative Disorders or Deaf Studies

Choosing a major is difficult, which is why many people end up changing their major multiple times before walking across the stage to accept their diplomas. It's intimidating to choose something that will affect the rest of your life and determine the kinds of jobs that you'll take. You don't want to be stuck in some dead-end job, but rather you want to find something that you'll enjoy doing and will become more than a paycheck for you. You should consider majoring in communicative disorders or deaf studies for the following benefits: 1. A Rewarding Career One of the greatest ...

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