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Author: Sarah Good

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Sarah Good is a journalist who has covered everything from small town elections to international financial fraud. She is also private tutor with more than 10 years experience unraveling the mysteries of standardized tests and college applications.

Posted July 5, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Paying for College

It can be fun to daydream about college: the ivy-draped campus, making new friends in the dorm, long intellectual discussions with like-minded classmates. Thinking about paying for it all, however, is far less fun. For the 2018-19 school year, the average cost for an in-state student at a four-year public college was $9,716, according to U.S. News & World Report. Want to attend a private school? The average price tag skyrockets to more than $35,600. And the numbers keep inching up every year. So what are educationally ambitious students — and their parents — to do? Fear not: You have ...

Posted July 2, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Anxiety

Everyone worries. How will I do on that test? What if I’m late for work? Is my friend mad at me? And because everyone has some familiarity with worry, it is to think of anxiety disorders as just a more intense form of the nerves we all experience. Anxiety disorders, however, are a very different experience from everyday anxiety. People suffering from anxiety disorders feel constantly on edge, sometimes fretting over specific issues, other times just overwhelmed by a sense of general worry. And those dealing with these disorders often have a very difficult time controlling their anxious reactions, even ...

Posted June 25, 2019, 10:54 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Social media

You Snapchat and you Instagram, and sometimes you tweet. Occasionally you even spend a few minutes on Facebook catching up with your aunts and uncles. Social media is a fact of contemporary life, just another way to keep the conversation going with your friends and classmates. Sometimes, though, this comfort with free-flowing digital dialogue can have a pretty severe downside. Earlier this month, Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, reported on Twitter that his admission to Havard was rescinded when racist texts he had sent in the past surfaced. And two years ago, 10 students lost their chance ...

Posted June 18, 2019, 3:09 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Summer Study

Summer is perfect for sleeping in, long days at the beach, and relaxing with friends. And you should definitely do those things. But with a little careful though, summer can also be a time for boosting your chances of getting in to your dream college. Even if you’re not heading in to your senior year, it is never too soon to build skills, pursue extracurricular activities, and discover more about who you are and what your want. Here are five ways to get started: Get a job This one may be a little obvious, but it is a traditional way ...

Posted June 14, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Volunteer Resume

Community service is an essential part of the learning experience. It offers the satisfaction of helping improve the world in which you live, helps you gain new perspective, and teaches you about people and places you might never have known about otherwise. Volunteering can also offer some practical advantages in addition to the social and emotional benefits. Service work looks great a college application and is a great resume builder, especially when you have little paid work to list. Community service is particularly good at developing and demonstrating your soft skills, the behaviors, attitudes, and aptitudes that can help you ...

Posted June 11, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Learn a foreign language

So you’ve decided to take a gap year to explore the world a bit and figure out what you really want to do when you head to college. Now it’s time to plan what you’re going to do with all that time. Let us humbly suggest using a portion of your gap year to learn a new language. Why? If we’re being practical about it, knowing more than one language is an incredible resume-booster and can open lots of professional doors for you in the future. Foreign languages can help you out in less direct ways as well: Studying a ...

Posted June 4, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Entrepreneurship

Whether you are still in high school or already deep in your college education, you’re almost certainly being bombarded by people asking what career you want to pursue and where you might want to get a job. And, to be sure, there are plenty of great companies to work for doing amazing things. For some people, though, the lure of entrepreneurship is strong. The reasons to consider starting your own venture are plentiful: the chance to create something from the ground up, to bring your own vision to life, to experience the exhilaration of success. And when you’re an entrepreneur ...

Posted May 28, 2019, 4 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Finals Studying

The school year is drawing to an end. Soon it will be time for summer fun (perhaps an outdoor adventure or a sports camp?), but first, you have to get through finals. Studying for not just one but several high-stakes tests can certainly be a daunting prospect. So start here, and review our 11 tips for making your finals prep smooth and painless. OK, well, almost painless. Make a schedule: Start by figuring out which tests are scheduled for when. Then figure out which ones you need to do the most work for. Once you have a sense which exams ...

Posted May 24, 2019, 11 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Gap-Year-Career

There are plenty of reasons to take a gap year: to develop your skills, see the world, boost your resume, or earn money towards tuition. A gap year can also help you explore your interests and develop a keener idea what career might be the right fit for you. Don’t worry — we’re not saying you have to commit to a career path right now. But going into college with even some sense of your professional goals can help you tailor your course selection and make your time on campus more productive. So how do you make it happen? Let ...

Posted May 14, 2019, 3:10 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
High achieving boys

A new study suggests exposure to high-achieving boys can erode girls' achievements and confidence, especially in STEM subjects. Buy why? And what can we do about it? Once upon a time, girls weren’t expected to learn much in school. The only reason for a girl to go to college, the thinking went, was to meet a potential husband. Thankfully, these backwards notions have all but disappeared from most corners of our society. And changing attitudes have in turn led to greater educational opportunities for girls and women. Women graduate four-year colleges at higher rates than men, according to the National ...

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