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Author: Suzanne Shaffer

Suzanne Shaffer counsels parents and students in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation. Her Parenting for College blog offers timely college tips for parents and students, as well as providing parents with the resources necessary to help their college-bound teens navigate the college maze.

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
weird and wacky scholarships

Although these scholarships have been deemed “weird and wacky,” any scholarship that gets you FREE money for college is anything but weird or wacky. In honor of Halloween, here are just a few of them. Want to see more? Type “wacky scholarships” in Google. You might be surprised what you will uncover. 1. Are you a leftie? Juniata College located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania offers two 1,000 scholarships to left handed students each year. One of the qualifications is – yes – left handedness. 2. Do you know how to knit? The National Make It Yourself with Wool (NMIYWW) organization awards ...

Posted Sept. 30, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
teens drinking and dying in college

At least eight freshmen at U.S. colleges have died in the first few weeks of the school year. Amy Murphy, dean of students at Texas Tech University, calls this the “college effect.” In an article on Inside Higher Ed, “Lives Cut Short”, Murphy explains: The “college effect” is the idea that once students are on campus, they’re exposed to these higher-risk behaviors and are then more likely to participate in them. It’s this unhealthy minority that is somehow so influential on the healthy majority. This misconception comes from images in movies and television and from older siblings’ memories of what ...

Posted Sept. 20, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Boarding School Survival Guide, photo credit D. Bhathena

Justin Muchnick, the author of The Boarding School Survival Guide, encourages teens to consider boarding school during high school. Justin has experienced boarding school first hand and recognizes the value of a boarding school education. In a recent interview for TeenLife, Justin explains why he is an avid supporter of a boarding school education. 1. Why did you consider a boarding school? I was introduced to the idea of boarding school by my seventh-grade English teacher, Mr. Rogers. (I talk about him in greater detail in my book’s introduction.) He promoted classroom discussion instead of lecturing at the front of ...

Posted Sept. 16, 2014, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
what are college rankings

U.S. News recently released their college rankings. There is always a great deal of emphasis placed on these rankings, along with a great deal of skepticism. Colleges boast about their position in the pecking order and use it for marketing to students. Critics cry they are useless. Are these rankings accurate? What do they mean? What don’t they mean? Should high school students and parents use these rankings to choose a college? How do you use the college rankings? The U.S. News directory provides key statistics for over 1,800 colleges and universities. Using the rankings you can do the following: ...

Posted Sept. 8, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
4 things during high school to prepare you for college

It’s back to school time and for high school students, college prep is on the mind. Even if you’re not a senior, you should be thinking about the next four years and how they will affect your college choices. With all the chaos around back to school, and all the school activities, let’s focus on the most important task for each grade level in the first few weeks of being back in school. Senior Year Approach teachers for letters of recommendation. Most selective colleges and universities require one to three recommendation letters with a student’s application, usually from a guidance ...

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Can You Answer These 10 College Interview Questions?

If you’re going to college, expect to be interviewed by a college representative. It’s a vital part of the college admissions process. Why? Colleges want to get to know you: Who you are, what your goals are, and how you will contribute to the student population. They also want to see how you answer questions, how informed you are, and your views on other topics. When my daughter was in the midst of her college search, she was interviewed by a representative of Boston University. Since this was her first choice college, she was nervous. She wanted to make a ...

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Questions You Should Ask on a College Interview

College interviews can be very nerve-wracking. It might seem like the college is interviewing you when you sit down for that appointment. But in truth, you are also interviewing them. The answers to the questions they ask you (Can You Answer These 10 College Interview Questions?) are important. But the questions you ask them can be just as important and can also help you make your final college decision. In the end, it’s not just them choosing to admit you, it’s you choosing to accept their offer of admission. Do Your Research Before the College Interview First thing's first—do your ...

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Choosing the Right High School Courses to Prepare for College

Success in the college admissions process can be narrowed down to one word: preparation. It’s not solely about raw talent. It rests more on what you do with the talent you’ve been given and how you prepare for college academics. In other words, it’s about how you apply yourself than your grades or intelligent quotient. Colleges draw their entering class from those students who possess the talent to compete in the classrooms and challenge themselves academically. When asked about the number one factor in college admissions, most students are not aware that colleges overwhelmingly say it’s a rigorous high school ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
women in STEM

A report by the American Association of University Women, “Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age," concluded that girls are still turned off by technical careers. The study was put together through interviews with 70 middle and high school girls, an online survey of almost 900 teachers, and from the experiences of commissioned members and other women in STEM fields. It concluded that girls have the ability to learn and use computers, but they are turned off by computer tech careers because they view them as full of geeky guys in windowless offices who toil at keyboards for hours. ...

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Discussions to Have with Your New College Roommate

For many new college students, living in a dorm will most likely be their first experience being away from home and living on their own. It’s probably also their first experience in dealing with a roommate. Because of this, complaints and conflicts are likely to occur as newbie students learn to work and live together in a small dorm room. We’ve all seen movies about the college experience, ripe with parties and new, life-changing experiences. The reality is, living with roommates isn’t always one big love-fest. How you get along with your roommates impacts your entire college experience—be sure to ...

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