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Category: Colleges & Universities

Posted Oct. 28, 2020, 10 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
college applications

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. “Oh no! I’m a senior – my last year of high school. Senior year is supposed to be my big, happy (after I get into college) last year of high school. It’s supposed to be the time when I figure out where in this whole country I want to apply to and go to college. I’ve been thinking and dreaming of my senior year all through high school.” As have all seniors… and so let’s think together of how to ...

Posted July 23, 2020, 12:15 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
class of 2024

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. Easy for the rest of us to say, and so hard for you and your family to hear, imagine, and figure out. There is change from the colleges every day about what to do with their freshman class of 2024. You will have heard of online classes for next year, new registration dates, change in prices, students on or not on campus and in or not in residence halls. Classes for on-campus students for one-semester, followed by a semester online. ...

Posted June 24, 2020, 2:30 p.m. by Jason Vallozzi | View Comments
College Cap

College admissions has always been overwhelming and stressful to families. There is a new level of college stress for families stemming from so much uncertainty for underclassmen students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, when will students be able to take the SAT or ACT test? Will colleges even require SAT or ACT scores? How will activities be viewed when we are practicing social distancing? When will campus visits resume? And most importantly, what should we be doing now for our college planning? How Can We Prepare for College During a Pandemic? I believe time is a sacred resource ...

Posted April 28, 2020, 8:21 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
Empty lecture seats

Trying to imagine applying to college is hard to do. Being at home instead of at school with your friends, teachers, friends, school counselor, and friends is not where you want to be. Not knowing when or if your senior year will begin in September is almost impossible to imagine. Let’s agree that it is what it is. Stay Connected While Applying to College From Home Most important is to get and stay in touch with your teachers and school counselor throughout the college application process. If you haven’t heard from your guidance (college) counselor, email him or her today. ...

Posted April 24, 2020, 10:04 a.m. by Laurie Kopp Weingarten, CEP | View Comments
Pivot

Generation Z possesses a lot of fantastic qualities, but the one thing we repeatedly hear from admission officers is that they want to see more grit, more resilience. Many high school students aren’t used to failure and find it difficult to pick up the pieces and move on, missing the chance to learn from their past mistakes. Don’t wallow in things you can’t control. As an independent educational consultant, I’m waking up daily to an inbox flooded with emails. Students are asking questions such as, “How is this virus going to affect my future college application? Are these abridged AP ...

Posted April 23, 2020, 9:56 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
College Acceptances, Deposits and Waitlists in the Year of the Coronavirus

Seniors. You know your options. You’ve got your college decisions from the colleges. April is traditionally the month when the power is all yours. Once you have been accepted you can choose to accept or deny the college acceptance. Or if you were waitlisted, you can choose to waitlist and accept another college. I know. It doesn’t feel powerful. Emotions are high, feelings are on edge as you waited so anxiously for so long to hear from the colleges. Not to mention that this year adds a world problem to throw everyone off balance… the Coronavirus. The Class of 2020 ...

Posted Oct. 22, 2019, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
college fit is important

Choosing which colleges to attend is a big decision. Teens (and their parents) may think that the best approach is to focus their college search on the highest ranked institutions that they think they can get into based on their grades and resume. But this approach can be misguided. “Prestige is not a synonym for fit,” says Christine K. VanDeVelde, coauthor of the book College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step. “Parents and students need to get out of the mindset that prestige and selectivity are the most important criteria for choosing a college. Instead the focus should ...

Posted Oct. 16, 2019, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

Most teens will tell you that making the college list is one of the most stressful times in their life. It’s a process that begins with a little bit of knowing what you like, what your goals are, and that intuition that every student takes to the table. Knowing yourself, your likes, and your dislikes will help you in the process. There’s a theory among teens and many parents, which says, “The more colleges you apply to, the better your chances.” In theory it makes sense, but there are other things to consider besides hedging your bets with numbers. Three ...

Posted Oct. 1, 2019, 11 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
SAIC Maria Fernanda Hernandez Tort

Marie Fernanda Hernandez Tort studied the Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. How did you discover your passion for the Arts (dance, acting, clarinet, game design..)? I knew I liked making art since I was young and was always going to art classes and making things in my spare time. I’ve been cross-stitching since I was 6 and have played games all of my life. I tried going to a more academic-based school for a while, but quickly transferred over. What’s your favorite part about performing/creating? I love the feeling of being so into making the ...

Posted Aug. 29, 2019, 10 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Three Questions to Consider Before Applying Early Decision

Deciding whether to apply Early Decision (ED) or not to college is a huge dilemma that many high school students must face. While applying ED can increase your chances of admittance in many cases, there are some downfalls as well. 1. Can I afford to pay the bill? Early decision (ED) admission into a college means that you will be receiving only one financial aid offer, which may or may not be enough to sufficiently cover your college-related expenses. Remember, your ED college is not particularly inclined to award a generous package, given that they have already secured your commitment ...

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