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Posted May 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Attending College as a Muslim

What’s it like to be a Muslim college student? As you might imagine it’s not easy, often difficult. They deal with discrimination, hate, and even find it hard to practice their religious beliefs. The Huffington Post recently posted a series of articles garnered from the stories of Muslim students. The articles shed some light into the difficulties they encounter and how they have learned to overcome them. “If you’ve never met a Muslim," says Fatmah Berikaa, a freshman at Boston College, "You’re only getting the images that you see in the media. I want people to understand that we are ...

Posted May 3, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Attend College Tuition-Free

Is it possible to attend college tuition-free apart from scholarships? For some students it is. A handful of colleges are offering free tuition to admitted students. Stanford announced last week that it was offering free tuition to students whose families make less than $125,000 a year. But it’s not the first college to slash tuition for admitted students. The wealthiest schools have long covered nearly all costs for their poorest students. Harvard since 2004 has broadened the group of students to whom they give large amounts of financial aid, thus putting pressure on other colleges to do the same. Bloomberg ...

Posted May 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Is Free Speech on Campus A Fallacy?

College is supposed to be the place where ideas are exchanged freely, debates are open, and students can speak whatever is on their mind. But that might not be so. FIRE’s Free Speech Report FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights) recently published a study that found 55 percent of over 430 colleges surveyed maintain policies that would never live up to First Amendment standards. The effect of these restrictive policies and the culture of fear they can create is staggering: A 2010 study showed that only 16.7 percent of polled professors strongly agreed with the statement that "it is safe to ...

Posted May 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The Struggle of Paying for College: How to Come Up with a Good Plan

If you worry about paying for your child’s college education, you’re not alone. A recent gallup poll ranked it as a parent’s chief financial concern, putting it above saving for retirement, medical expenses and paying the bills. Since 2001, Gallup has asked more than 16,000 Americans how much they worry about each of eight separate financial matters, ranging from having enough money for retirement to making minimum payments on credit cards. This year’s poll found 73 percent of Americans with children younger than 18 say they are "very worried" or "moderately worried" about paying for their children’s higher education. In ...

Posted April 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by Lizzie Weakley | View Comments
4 Ways to Help Your Teen Do Well in Their High School Biology Class

Nowadays, many high school classes begin minutes after 7 am. Imagine sitting in biology class at 7 am with eyelids drooping and a teacher with a monotone voice teaching biology. Most people struggle to retain information at such an early time of the day. It can be even harder for students who have to retain the information and prove their understanding on standardized tests. As the parent, it is really vital to place emphasis on engraining the material in the brain so that teens can be successful in the long run. There are plenty of different ways to reinforce what ...

Posted April 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Colleges Misrepresenting Job Prospects After Graduation

Most students expect to attend college, attain a degree, and find a job after graduation. Colleges promise jobs after graduation as part of their recruitment of candidates for admission. But more often than not, it’s not the case. Students graduate with massive amounts of debt and no job prospects. Where is the disconnect? Colleges Are Misrepresenting Job Prospects Heald College in San Francisco was fined last week by the Department of Education. According to Business Insider, they misrepresented the kinds of jobs its graduates could get: The Department of Education (DOE) notified Heald College San Francisco on Tuesday that it ...

Posted April 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
What You Should Discuss with Your Teen Long before Prom Night

As prom night approaches, so does worry and anxiety for most parents. The best way to eliminate (or at least reduce) some of the nerves is by discussing subjects that concern you way before prom night hits, rather than trying to cram in advice, warnings and tips at the very last minute. Pre-Arranged Check-In Although you don’t want to come across as the over-protective parent, it is important that you can get hold of your teen (and vice versa) if need be. Having a pre-arranged check-in time prevents teens from feeling like they are being snooped on, and allows you ...

Posted April 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Secrets of College Admissions Officers

As a parent of two students who attended college and as a coach for thousands of parents who are sending their own children to college, I have always believed that the college admissions process is highly subjective. What does that mean? Admissions officers meet and discuss the particulars of a student’s application and based on their own criteria, make the final decision whether to offer or not offer admission. If you find that hard to believe, you should watch this video from The Today Show: Inside the college admissions process. What does this mean for students who aspire to college? ...

Posted April 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
10 Fun (and Safe) Things to Do After Prom

There is nothing more eagerly anticipated than a prom, with the festivities that follow the actual dance just as important as the event itself. It’s a time for your kids to let loose and enjoy themselves, but it is also something that many parents worry about. Here are 10 fantastic activities for teens after prom that are great fun but safe at the same time. 1. Go Down-Market in Upmarket Clothes Dancing brings on a hearty appetite and there’s nothing more hilarious than heading to the local diner dressed in fancy clothes. Eating fries with their fingers in their finery ...

Posted April 25, 2015, 8 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Is it Okay for Your Teen to Quit Their Activities?

The old saying goes, “Quitters never win and winners never quit,” and parents may feel this is especially true for their teen. They may be upset if their teen decides they no longer want to play a sport or participate in an activity – especially if it is something they previously enjoyed and/or excelled at. Parents may also worry about how quitting makes a teen appear on their college applications. Should parents support their teen’s desire to quit a sport or other activity? Finding True Passion Freshman year is a good time for teens to experiment and try a wide ...

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