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Category: College Admissions

Posted May 12, 2017, 8 a.m. by Matthew Jaskol | View Comments
How to Find a Teen Summer Program That's Right for You

As director of academic programs for Pioneer Academics, I work with hundreds of inquisitive young people like you, day in and day out, helping them find their academic way. Frequently that means discovering the right high school summer program. My advice: Look inside yourself. Discover your interests. Listen to your heart. Share with others. Get to work and commit to a program that helps you become the person you want to be. Look Inside Yourself Deep down in each of us are natural inclinations toward some things and away from others. That’s what makes us different and unique. Our natural ...

Posted May 11, 2017, 2:47 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
college-preparation

Graduation is approaching and seniors are amped up for all the festivities and the celebrations. It goes without saying that students should order their gaps and gowns, invitations and thank you notes. Families will be making plans for graduation parties and picking out graduation gifts. But there are many other tasks seniors should do before and after graduation to prepare for the future and making the transition to college. 1. Send in your deposit and apply for college housing First things first—by now you should have sent in your deposit to your final college choice and applied for dorm housing. ...

Posted April 13, 2017, 3:44 p.m. by Brett Montrose | View Comments
mentor-teen

The concept of mentoring is nothing new. A one-on-one relationship with someone who is a teacher, tutor and coach is an idea that has been key to intellectual development for thousands of years. Think of Socrates and Plato, or Plato and Aristotle. These one-on-one mentorships produced the most significant advancements in Ancient Greek philosophy. You might be looking for something a little simpler. But if mentors have been an effective method for intellectual development since the time of the Ancient Greeks, and if they have proven to be effective for college students and working professionals, then shouldn’t high school students ...

Posted April 6, 2017, 8 a.m. by Shirag Shemmassian | View Comments
after-school

There’s a particular piece of bad advice when it comes to college admissions that ought to be debunked because it keeps many students out of their dream schools each year. It comes in many forms, including: “Join as many clubs and teams as you can, and try to be president or captain.” “Be as well-rounded as possible.” “Admissions committees want to see students who did X/Y/Z activity.” Students who take this advice very seriously end up disappointed when college application decisions roll in and they find more unexpected rejections than surprising acceptances, regardless of their high grades and ACT/SAT scores. ...

Posted April 5, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
financial-aid-college

It’s that time of year. College admissions decisions are arriving and the award letters are either with them or will follow shortly. For most students who have applied to multiple colleges, comparing those award letters are a crucial part of making the final college choice. Unless your parents will be footing the bill for your entire education, those awards will help determine which college will best meet your family’s financial needs. So, first things first. Use this tool from The College Board to compare the awards of up to four schools. You can enter all the information from each college’s ...

Posted April 3, 2017, noon by Amanda Monfrooe | View Comments
At Norwich University of the Arts, students explore technology through new degree programs.

The creative industries encompass a wider range of profitable professional sectors than ever before. Technological innovation, changing consumer habits and the influence of emerging economies have fuelled expansion and diversification within art, design and media. The result is a global job market welcoming specialists and entrepreneurs from different backgrounds. But, of course, rapid change brings fresh challenges for both graduates and universities providing creative-degree programs. As a leading UK university, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is up to the challenge! NUA is leading graduates into the future. For us, change has been an opportunity to launch three bachelor of ...

Posted March 29, 2017, 8 a.m. by Amanda Callahan | View Comments
NP's Musical Demonstration 2017, “A Musical Intervention,” Created by Douglas J. Cohen (Photo by Kevin Cristaldi)

Do you want to be a working actor? For training, you can choose between pursuing a college degree in fine arts or a conservatory degree. At the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, a conservatory where actors like Robert Duvall, Allison Janney and Dylan McDermott trained, we believe these are the 10 reasons you should consider a conservatory: 1. You learn from doers. Conservatory faculty members are likely to be working professionals with practical experience in the industry and master teachers in their fields. It’s unusual for professionals with full-time, acting, singing, dance and/or entertainment careers to have the time ...

Posted March 27, 2017, 3 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
There are careers in the arts like make-up artist where your performing arts degree will allow you to earn money.

Visit the American art meccas: New York, Los Angeles, Cotuit. OK, so Cotuit, a sleepy village on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, isn’t quite up there with the Big Apple and LA, but it is home to a bustling community arts center. It serves as proof that you don’t need to be a Broadway singer or a movie star to make a living with a degree from a visual or performing arts program. “If you can find employment in the field you love, you’ll have no idea where it can take you,” says David Kuehn, executive director of the Cotuit Center ...

Posted March 14, 2017, 3:40 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
college-resume

Your high school resume is more than a list of academics and activities. Your resume can show a college that you are not only involved and committed to academics, but you are engaged in life and committed to exploring new opportunities. These are the qualities colleges look for in a well-rounded applicant. The college essay allows you to focus on one topic; the high school resume sums up all you are and helps colleges get an overall picture of how you can contribute to their student population. Here are six ways you can boost your resume and stand out in ...

Posted March 9, 2017, 7 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
7 Questions to Ask an Independent College Advisor

The decision to hire an independent college advisor is a difficult one. It’s extra time and money on top of whatever college counseling your student’s school may offer. But some students need the personal attention, whether it’s help organizing their high school resume, polishing a college essay or picking schools that are interesting and appropriate. Once you make the decision to hire an independent college advisor, you should know what questions to ask possible candidates before you start the college admissions process. Here are seven questions to ask before you hire an independent college advisor. Do you provide a preliminary ...

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