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Category: College Admissions

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

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 ...

Posted March 7, 2017, 2 p.m. by Joshua Caleb Collins | View Comments
Catapult Ideas is a 10-week summer startup incubator for high school students.

Will you have the skills needed to be successful in a rapidly changing world? Do you see solutions for problems others don’t? Are you driven to add to positive change in this world to create real impact? Have you ever thought about starting a business or joining a startup? You might be a young innovator or entrepreneur with potential for greatness. I’m the Founder and CEO of Catapult Ideas, a 10-week summer startup incubator for high school students looking to develop a mindset and skills for solving real world problems. I’m a young entrepreneur myself and have mentored top young ...

Posted March 6, 2017, 2 p.m. by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | View Comments
You can study language immersion at Concordia Language Villages.

As anyone who has done it will tell you: learning another language isn’t easy. You have to put in effort over a long period of time when progress often seems slow. So it’s not surprising that many teens either never start (assuming they are even given the option in school) or drop it after just a year or two. Either is a mistake. Learning a foreign language is good for your brain and your future earning power. And it can be fun, especially if you go to a summer language program where you’ll meet other teens interested in becoming fluent. ...

Posted March 4, 2017, 9 a.m. by Courtney Coelho | View Comments
9 Awesome Things You Could Be Doing This Summer At Brown

With nearly three months of school-free time over the summer, the possibilities seem endless. You could tap into your sense of adventure by trying a new activity or traveling abroad, exercise your scholarly side by exploring a topic you’ve always been interested in, or work your social networking skills by meeting students from all over the country and the world with diverse backgrounds and interests. Or do all of the above and more through one of Brown University’s Pre-College Summer Programs. With multiple sessions that last from one to seven weeks, Brown’s Pre-College Summer Programs include more than 300 courses ...

Posted Feb. 28, 2017, 3:43 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

If you’re heading off to boarding school, you may have mixed feelings. You may be excited to make new friends, get out of the house, and spend time away from your parents. You may also be nervous to take on so much responsibility for yourself so far away from your home, family and friends. You may be wondering what boarding school is like and whether you will fit in. Whether you’re ready to go or are dragging your feet, think of boarding school as an adventure. Most teenagers won’t experience this much independence until they go to college. With smaller ...

Posted Feb. 23, 2017, 11:57 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments

The label “boarding school” implies that all the students live on campus. But that’s not always true. Often schools accept both day and boarding students. It’s up to you – the prospective student – to decide how the ratio of boarders to day students affects the ambience of the school and whether that’s a good fit for you. At schools that offer boarding, the average percentage of boarders is about 70 percent, according to boardingschoolreview.com. But, that can vary widely depending on several factors: whether a boarding school is in a rural or urban area; whether it offers a specialized ...

Posted Feb. 16, 2017, 6:02 p.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments

“Why are you wasting your time with that? Is your homework done?” That familiar refrain is probably heard thousands of times a day in households across the country. Parents think teens spend too many hours playing video games or drawing a graphic novel or knitting. But what if that seemingly impractical interest has some tangible benefit and even is the key to a future career? How do teens turn their “time wasters” into an asset on their high school resumes and college essays? If you know what you love, do something with it. “Nothing sells more than demonstration,” says Jill ...

Posted Feb. 2, 2017, 4:42 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
ssat for boarding

Whether you are thinking of applying to a private school in Los Angeles or a boarding school in Massachusetts, the odds are you will be required to take the SSAT - the Secondary School Admissions Test. It is used for admission to private schools and boarding schools, from elementary through high school, to assess applicants’ verbal, math and reading skills. What do you need to know about the SSAT? Here are the answers to some FAQs: 1. How often is the SSAT given? The SSAT is given once a month from October to April and once in June. It lasts ...

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