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Posted May 4, 2017, 12:40 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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The college admission process can be overwhelming. Almost every parent needs some form of help. If you’re not a do-it-yourself type who can do the research, or you simply prefer to hire a professional for tasks that are beyond your grasp, you might consider hiring an independent college advisor. Since this could be a substantial investment for your family, you should carefully evaluate these questions before hiring one: 1. Does your high school counselor have the time and the experience? This can be a problem. Some large public schools have a ratio of 1 counselor for every 500 students. This ...

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 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. 1, 2017, 4 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Earth as seen from Vermont Tech's previous CubeSat satellite.

How many students can say they have worked on a satellite? At Vermont Technical College, one graduate student is getting the chance of a lifetime Vermont Tech’s CubeSat Laboratory is working with Morehead State University in Kentucky to build an elaborate satellite – called the Lunar IceCube – that will launch in 2018 and begin orbiting the moon. Vermont Tech is the only post-secondary technical college in Vermont and has residential campuses in Randolph Center and Williston. Students from all walks of life come to receive a top-notch, practical education. Looking for water on the moon Lunar IceCube is a ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2016, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Don't shy away from applying for scholarships.

There is great discussion among parents and students about whether or not college scholarship applications are worth it. Students complain about the time involved with seemingly little to show for it. Parents urge, and often nag, their students to apply. Other parents believe it’s simply a waste of time. I happen to be one who believes scholarship applications are indeed worth the time and effort. My daughter attended an expensive private university based on the scholarships she won from outside sources and from the college or university itself. Those scholarships allowed her to attend a school that was financially out ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2016, 8 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
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It’s still uncommon for students to use video and other media in college applications and colleges have mixed attitudes toward them. If, however, you want to spice up your high school resume, there are some college-ready platforms that can help. Jobma, for example, offers video services for job applicants and to students for college applications. Other companies will help produce an application video. Students film themselves through a webcam and the companies do the rest, including posting. Some students tape their own videos and put them on YouTube or other social media and send the colleges a link. That, however, ...

Posted March 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Use These 6 Tips to Make the Most of College Fairs

Nothing says spring like those annual spring college fairs. If you have ever attended one or look forward to attending one this spring, you know they can be a bit overwhelming. Faced with the daunting task of connecting with admissions representatives from numerous colleges, parents and students need a plan. Approaching a college fair without a plan will leave you frustrated and disappointed at the end of the event. When approached properly, college fairs can help you in the beginning stages of the college search process. More importantly, however, they facilitate those all-important connections with college admissions officers. Those connections ...

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Small Things May Make a Big Impression on Colleges

High school students have to impress colleges with numbers – GPAs and test scores – but some small things might improve their chances, admission experts say. “Some colleges do not prioritize informal impressions – they just want a rock star application,” Jennifer Ziegenfus, the senior assistant director of admissions of Maryland’s Towson University says. “But there are often additional steps a student can take to improve the quality of their application.” College admissions offices traditionally look at grades, test scores, recommendations, essay responses, and activities, but there may be more to it. Ziegenfus and other experts note that impressionable humans ...

Posted Nov. 24, 2015, 9 a.m. by Lisa Rose Bauer | View Comments
The Six P's to Pack for College - They aren't What You Think!

We've all heard the term "like two peas in a pod..." But really aren't there more than two peas in a pod? There are actually five, six and sometimes seven. So when packing for college let's consider for a minute how many P’s can fit into your “pod.” Oh, I see you going right to pillows, paper, plastic bins. Nope. Not essential P’s. So what P’s are essential to be successful in that first year? Here are my six: Purpose, plan, priority, perseverance, patience and productivity. Purpose: Will you have a solid purpose for heading off to college? A purpose ...

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