TeenLife Blog

Supporting teen success, one post at a time

Category: For College Counselors

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 ...

Posted Nov. 23, 2015, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Five ways to avoid being too creative on your college app

The ultimate goal of preparing a college application is to get into to the school of your dreams. When you are competing for a coveted spot, it is critical to ensure that you stand out from the crowd. One way to do so is to be creative. But can you be too creative with college applications? Is there a line that you simply should not cross? Here are five tips on how to be creative with your college applications without going overboard 1. Be yourself For admissions officers, the college application is a means of determining fit between a student ...

Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 9:20 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Ways for Parents to Avoid College Application Stress

Stress is a killer and when the college prep season arrives, it only intensifies. Do you know what to expect and how to deal with it? Just as with any family situation, anticipating problems that can or might arise should help you respond properly. Imagine these scenarios: Your teen announces he’s going to die if he doesn’t get into his first-choice college. You hear other parents talking about their students headed to the Ivies. Your teen says she can’t possibly go to State U. because her boyfriend isn’t going there. After multiple tries on the SAT, your teen announces that ...

Posted Nov. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The Truth About Athletic Scholarships

All parents of an athletic student dream their student will be a star athlete and snag a full-ride athletic scholarship. If your student is gifted in this area, you might think winning that college scholarship will be as simple as catching the eye of a college, getting an offer, and signing on the dotted line. Neither of my children were athletic, but I have to admit while they were in high school, I wished they were; then all our financial worries of paying for college would be over. Nothing could be further from the truth. The odds are poor In ...

Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Is the New Coalition Application Revolutionary or Inequitable

The members of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success have announced their new college application, hosted by 83 colleges collaborating with CollegeNet. These colleges believe that all students should have college access and there should be another way to apply other than the current generic online college applications or Common Applicaton. What is this Coalition? The coalition was conceived when problems with the Common App surfaced in the fall of 2013. The glitches complicated the submission process for students and college admission officers. Students were unable to submit their applications on time and colleges complained about the technological failure. ...

Posted Oct. 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
early decision

It’s more and more common for students to apply to college early. With the highly competitive nature of today’s applicants and the number of students applying to college, many opt to jump ahead of the pack. Applying early decision means you will be submitting your application in October or early November, giving you little time the first part of senior year to get your application together. So, it’s time now to consider whether this works for you. The pros of early decision In college admissions, the early bird gets the worm. If you are set on one school and sure ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Lauren Gaggioli | View Comments
studying for the new SAT

Change spawns anxiety, partial truths, and myths about what’s coming next. And when change occurs on a college admissions exam such as the redesigned SAT coming in March 2016, those myths can lead to decisions that are expensive for parents and stress inducing for students. From what I've heard so far in the public rhetoric, most experts are either praising the new exam fervently or denouncing it fully. Some of us, though, are taking the middle road of "let's wait and see." Even though we have some published materials from the official test maker and an estimated curve, we don't ...

Posted Oct. 15, 2015, 2:40 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Stay organized for college with Pinterest

Pinterest is the perfect platform for keeping the college search organized. Since you always have your smartphone available, using an app to stay organized makes perfect sense. First, if you’re not on Pinterest, you need to join. It’s painless and just takes a few minutes. If your preferred photo playform is Instagram, you can easily pin the photos you take on to a Pinterest board. Next, create the boards. Here’s a list of boards that will help you keep all your college search interests organized: Boards for each college Set up separate boards for each college that interests you. Search ...

Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 8 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
4 tips for writing a research paper

In 10th grade, I took AP World History and had to write my very first major research paper. I was overwhelmed and stressed out of my mind. How would I possibly get the required 15 sources about Fidel Castro’s early political philosophy? I soon found out, however, that the research process is actually quite straightforward if you have a process. 1) Pick a great topic This seems like a moot point, but it’s really not. Picking an appropriate topic is essential: not too broad, not too narrow. If you decide to research an overly narrow topic such as, “The significance ...

Posted Oct. 8, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
planning to pay for college

If you’re like most of us, life catches up with you. Before you know it, your student is choosing a college, which means you have to think about paying for it. Unfortunately, too many parents, including me, wait until our kids are in high school to ask the question: How are we going to pay for college? If you start early Ideally, parents should start planning when children are young. The easiest way to start the process is to open up a 529 college savings account. There are two options available: prepaid tuition and college savings plans. Save as much ...

< 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 8 9 10 >