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Posted Aug. 27, 2018, 8:49 a.m. by Shannon Vasconcelos | View Comments
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One way to win scholarships is to go online to a scholarship search site and apply for every scholarship under the sun. But while an online scholarship search is often a worthwhile endeavor, there’s a far more lucrative source of college funding: the colleges themselves. Colleges have a lot of money to give away, and you can approach your college search process strategically to maximize your chances of getting some. What Are Merit Scholarships? In order to win college merit scholarships, you first need to understand what they are – specifically, what they are to the colleges that award them. ...

Posted July 10, 2018, noon by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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Join a group of parents whose students are getting college admissions letters and you’re going to hear the same conversations. Some are elated, others are confused, and many are disappointed. I guarantee you that the elated parents have students who took the time to research the college and made sure they were at the top of the applicant pool when they applied. The confused and disappointed parents more than likely have students who applied to elite colleges with little hope of being offered admission or little hope of being able to afford it if their students were accepted. It seems ...

Posted May 10, 2018, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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It’s tempting to just skate through the rest of the year after you’ve submitted your college applications and been accepted to college. But as tempting as it may be, seniors should finish the remainder of the year strong. Finishing strong will help them carry that momentum into college and the first semester of college is critical when establishing a strong GPA. In addition to keeping the momentum going, there are other reasons for seniors to have a focused and strong finish for senior year. Senioritis will strike! It happens to every student. After almost four years of focused academic activity, ...

Posted May 1, 2018, 8 a.m. by Emily Frisella | View Comments
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As you begin to research colleges and universities and narrow down your list of schools you plan to apply to, you may find yourself considering mostly universities, liberal arts colleges, or a mix of both. Universities and liberal arts colleges can both provide you with an incredible education, but they each offer a different type of undergraduate experience. Universities serve both undergraduate and graduate students, and are made up of multiple colleges, each with its own academic specialty. This means that if you’re applying to a university, you’ll have to designate which college or school you’re applying to. For example, ...

Posted Feb. 15, 2018, 1:40 p.m. by Brad Schiller | View Comments
College Essay Mistake

What is the single biggest mistake you can make on your college application? Submitting a narrative as your essay response to the prompt. You might as well just include the wrong school name while you are at it. Sadly, most essays reviewed by EditRevise spend 90 percent of the content on storytelling filled with flowery, pointless metaphors and needless descriptions. To get into your dream school, it is crucial that you do NOT make the narrative mistake. What matters most about an essay is its introspection -- commentary on the anecdotes and thoughts on what the prompt is asking. A ...

Posted Jan. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Increase Your College Chances With this Admissions Secret

Many college experts offer advice on how to get into college. They recommend stellar standardized test scores, a killer college essay, a high GPA, and strong extracurriculars. While all those application components are important, did you know that there another way for students to increase their admission chances by 40 percent! Data from the National Association for College Admission Counseling show there is a powerful tool students can use to improve their admission chances: demonstrated interest. Students who visit a college before they apply, are up to 40 percent more likely to be admitted than students who do not visit ...

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 ...

Posted Sept. 21, 2017, 1 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What You Need To Know About the Common Application This Year

It looks like the widely used Common Application has taken some cues from the new Coalition Application. The new changes to the 2017-18 Common App for colleges mirror features found in the Coalition App. Competition often creates innovation and the Common App has some much-needed updates. The Common App changes this year will benefit high school students and make the application more user friendly. While these changes will be welcomed by students, it’s too early to tell whether or not they will bring with them glitches in the application system. Here are some possible complications that could arise as high ...

Posted Aug. 17, 2017, 8 a.m. by Cate Coulacos Prato | View Comments
How Cosplay and Sewing Boost High School STEM Skills

When you hear about people with spatial, math and problem-solving skills, you probably assume they excel at STEM subjects. But did you know people who create fashion, accessories and cosplay rely on those same skills? In fact, sewing is a great way to hone STEM skills, and STEM skills help with sewing and other crafts. If you're into creating things out of fabric, you might be ready to try a STEM program. “There is more overlap than you think,” Jill Frechette of West Boylston, Mass., says. A sophomore at Vassar College, Frechette studies English and pre-med. She learned to sew ...

Posted Aug. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife Publishes 2017 Guide to Therapeutic Programs and Services

If you know a teenager with mental health or addiction issues, then you know the meaning of heartbreak. One in five children ages 13 to 18 have or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Almost 12 percent of admissions to substance-abuse treatment programs were teens ages 12 to 19, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Just at the age when the world is opening up to them, these teens hit an emotional wall. And their families and friends ...

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