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Category: College Admissions

Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
5 Reasons To Be Brave Enough To Major in Music in College

Are you apprehensive about majoring in music? Are your parents worried about a performing arts degree or trying to convince you to go in another direction? Here are the top five concerns music students have shared with me over and over again as they approach their college applications. If any of these ring true for you, addressing them directly will help you get to a place of making better choices and decisions that will serve you well in college and beyond. Some of these questions are applicable to any performing or visual arts student who is trying to decide on ...

Posted Dec. 6, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Mistakes That Could Cost You That College Scholarship

Applying for scholarships requires a commitment of time and a dedication to persevere. It is a job in the truest sense of the word. You will most likely spend hours upon hours applying for scholarships hoping the time will be rewarded with money to pay for college. Spending two hours on an application and winning a $1,000 scholarship is a huge payoff ($500 per hour!). But the payoff won’t come unless you take the time to apply for scholarships or if you make these five scholarship application mistakes. 1. Not following directions. Scholarship judges look for students who know how ...

Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
This List of 10 Priorities Eases College Admissions Stress

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with college applications during high school. With test prep, college visits, college applications and financial aid, students and parents often wonder how to prioritize tasks and which should be at the top of the list. Here’s a list of college application priorities from one to 10, starting with the most important: 1. Get organized and stay focused. Stay on top of paperwork, information and important deadlines. Create a college landing zone for all college-related information and start a filing system for the important paperwork. Use a large wall calendar or calendar app to stay on ...

Posted Dec. 1, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What To Do When College Early Decision Is A Rejection

Early Decision and Early Admission offers from colleges to high school students start rolling in during the first part of December. For many households, this is a stressful time. These college choices are at the top of the student’s college list. They are usually their dream colleges and not receiving an offer of admission can put a damper on holiday celebrations. Every parent wants their child to attend the college of their dreams; but what happens when the college they want to attend doesn’t want them? How do you help your high school student handle those feelings of disappointment after ...

Posted Nov. 17, 2017, 11:40 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Narrow a High School Student's College Application List

Did you know there are over 4,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States? This makes choosing a college overwhelming. How does your high school student start with a dream list and narrow it down and settle on ones that are good fits academically, socially and financially? First, let’s take a look at some illogical college choices. Colleges might make a student’s list for all sorts of emotional reasons, but in the end, the reasons should be rational, not emotional. Look at your student’s list and determine whether or not any of them fit these criteria: Choosing a college ...

Posted Nov. 16, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Tips to Help High School Students Ace the Common App

Most high school seniors use the Common Application to apply to colleges. Since over 600 schools now use this application, students can apply to multiple schools with one application. That doesn’t mean your student should “phone it in,” however. Taking the Common App seriously is the first step in completing an application that will help you stand out and receive an offer of admission. Here are 10 tips that will help high school students ace the Common App this year: 1. Start early and familiarize yourself with the application. Students can now access the Common App site, log in and ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2017, 8 a.m. by Ruth Wilson | View Comments
Our Four Best Tips for Organizing Your Student Without Nagging

Homework is a problem in many families, especially those with high school students who have executive function difficulties and depend upon their parents for help or even to remind them to start a homework assignment. Then, as students get older and want greater independence, homework creates stress as they push back against parental intervention. It can also be a frustrating time for parents, who now have to spend their evenings arguing about homework until both parent and student are exhausted. This also leads to students hearing the message that they’re the problem and seeing homework as a system designed to ...

Posted Oct. 25, 2017, 8 a.m. by Capt. Tom McClelland U.S. Navy (Ret.) | View Comments
At Farragut, Military School Training Develops The Right College Skills

One important habit that Ashley Patterson Beaty learned by attending military school at Admiral Farragut Academy: Don’t overlook the details. “There were rules to abide by with demerit consequences,” says Ashley, class of ‘02, who now handles government relations for a clean energy company in Washington, D.C. “For example, black socks were required while in uniform. I initially thought this was totally arcane and with open defiance I wore leopard print socks resulting in two demerits. I was infuriated. But I never got another demerit after that. It was a lesson learned: Details matter, sometimes even for … socks.” Farragut, ...

Posted Oct. 13, 2017, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
 5 Reasons to Consider an Academic Pre-college Summer Program

After a busy school year focused on learning, it’s tempting for high school students to want to take a break from academics during the summer months. But it’s good for teenagers to spend at least part of their summers on academics and there are plenty of choices. Colleges across the country offer pre-college summer programs that are both educational and fun. These academic summer camps offer courses and summer activities for teenagers that boost grades and help to impress college admission officers. Here are some more reasons you might consider an academic summer program on a college campus: 1. Spending ...

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 11 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Three Important College Scholarships Tips for LGBTQ+ Students

“To come out, or not to come out?” I wrestled with that question frequently on my college applications and scholarship essays. I built a high school resume as a gay-straight-alliance coordinator, activist and blogger. Regardless of all I had achieved, I was worried that whoever was going to be reviewing my application (regardless of Title IX implications at each university I applied to) would write off these accomplishments as invalid because of their own homophobia and/or transphobia. Supportive high school counselors and college admissions representatives told me the choice was up to me whether to put these accomplishments in my ...

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