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Posted March 13, 2014, 9 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Scholarships Can Add Up to Big College Savings

With college costs at an all-time high and continuing to rise, it makes sense for high school students to apply for as many scholarships as possible. “Applying for scholarships may seem like a daunting process to students, especially for those already busy getting applications together for college. But for students willing to put in the time and effort, there are many scholarship dollars available," explains April Bell, director at the College Board. Is Your Student Eligible for a Scholarship? College scholarships can be broadly divided into two categories: Financial need-based and merit-based. Many families assume that to receive a merit-based ...

Posted March 12, 2014, 4:33 p.m. by Stephen Friedfeld | View Comments
7 Tips on Getting Letters of Recommendation for College

If you’re a rising senior, it is extremely important to make getting letters of recommendation a top priority. How many will you need? Whom should you ask and when? What should they say about you? Typically, most large public institutions don’t require any letters. Admissions decisions are based on students’ grades, standardized test scores, essays, and extracurricular activities. But for most private colleges and universities, you’ll likely need one to three. The more selective the college, the more letters you’ll need. 7 Tips for Getting Letters of Recommendation: 1. Your school (or guidance) counselor will write your primary letter of ...

Posted March 12, 2014, 3:25 p.m. by Sam Coren | View Comments
3 Ways to Explore Possible Majors Before College

If you're just starting the college search you may be overwhelmed by the number of options when it comes to choosing a major. Check out the list of majors at UMass-Amherst for example. There are over 80 different areas of study for undergraduate students. Or look at the majors at Penn State's main campus. Over 160! Even though some of these larger schools have a staggering amount of academic majors to choose from, figuring out what you should major in can be just as tricky if you're thinking about attending a smaller school. So how are you supposed to figure ...

Posted March 12, 2014, 11 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Young Wrestler Shows Great Sportsmanship

Several weeks ago, I wrote about two incidents of bad sportsmanship making headlines in teen/young adult sports. But last week, a high school wrestler from Minnesota displayed incredible sportsmanship and character. His actions show how sports can bring out the best in teens and teach valuable life lessons. Stewart's Sportsmanship Malik Stewart, a high school sophomore, did not win the state title last week. The old saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game” was illustrated at the 120-pound state title championship in Minnesota. In a valiant effort, Stewart lost the match to sophomore ...

Posted March 11, 2014, 4:54 p.m. by Scott Wilson | View Comments
5 Tips to Be a Great Online Tutor

Tutors are doing more of their work these days online, but are they doing it well? As the CEO and founder of Tutor Tango LLC, a company focused on delivering the best possible online tutoring experience, I’m very much concerned with the quality of instruction and mentoring delivered by our tutors. To help them out, I’ve established some guidelines based on the input of students and parents who’ve tried our service; on the input of tutors and teachers who’ve worked extensively online; and on my own experiences as both an online and in-person tutor. In sum, I’ve found that the ...

Posted March 11, 2014, 1:28 p.m. by Ethan Knight | View Comments
Leveraging Your Gap Year With Employers

A gap year will make your interview stand out. Despite the horrific traffic, impossible parking, and your uncooperative necktie, you have arrived to your interview fifteen minutes early; so far, so good. Your name is called and you anxiously make your way to the hiring manager’s office, remembering at the last moment to dry your sweaty palm before you offer to shake her hand. Sitting across the desk from her, you watch as she skims your well-prepared resume, and then she lifts her eyes and says, “So, William, it says here that you spent a year in Brazil. Tell me ...

Posted March 11, 2014, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Should Parents Pay for College?

The news this past week was inundated with stories about a young teen from New Jersey who sued her parents to pay for college. Parents all over the country have weighed in. A recent poll conducted by NJ.com asked parents if they agreed with the lawsuit. The poll results were not surprising: 5% said parents should be required to pay; 95% said they should not. With college costs rising, and more and more parents trying to find a way to pay for college, many parents are asking if they should pay, and if so, how much? Whether you can afford ...

Posted March 10, 2014, 4:48 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
"Ban Bossy" Campaign Empowers Girls to Lead

Could the severe underrepresentation of women in executive positions, leadership roles, and politics be explained by childhood name-calling? According to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, the word “bossy,” is negatively affecting young girls and maiming women in leadership roles. "Ban Bossy" Sandberg launched the “Ban Bossy” campaign today to prevent name-calling in schools, as this stigmatized word affects girls throughout their adult lives. By middle school, she explains, “More boys than girls want to lead…[Girls] don’t want to be called bossy, and they don’t want to be disliked.” Sandberg correlates the negative connotation of being called “bossy” with the feeling ...

Posted March 10, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
What Makes Alex Newell Unique

One may think Alex Newell’s character on Glee, Wade “Unique” Adams, could overshadow his real-life personality. Unique is a powerful and mesmerizing character—she always looks fabulous, wears heels often, and is not afraid to speak her mind.Her strong, memorable persona could easily define Alex as an actor, and as a person. But with the first sound of Alex’s voice, I knew he was just as special as his character—if not more special. I automatically felt energized, excited, and inspired by his stories and his life. He expects that when someone meets him for the first time, they won’t see him ...

Posted March 9, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
ROTC

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, better known by the acronym ROTC (often pronounced Rot-see), is a college-based program for training commissioned officers for all branches of the U.S. Military—Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In return for a commitment of military service upon graduation, ROTC funds all or part of college tuition, depending on the type of commission and scholarship contract a student signs, and provides an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills critical for both a military and a civilian career. Don’t let the term “reserve” confuse you. ROTC trains officers for active duty, which ...

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