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Category: Colleges & Universities

Posted July 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
6 Tips to Get the Max out of Summer College Visits

The summer may seem like the perfect time for you and your family to visit college campuses. Unfortunately, many campuses are much less active in summer. Most college students return home, and colleges can very nearly seem abandoned or taken over by high school sports camps. But with a bit of advance planning, you can maximize your visit and at least have more information than you started with. A summer visit is better than never stepping foot on campus before you apply. Campus visits are a very important part of the college decision process. They allow you to gain a ...

Posted June 24, 2016, 9 a.m. by Pam Willsey | View Comments
 How To Help Our Girls Transition to College

As a college transition coach, I’ve seen the worry, excitement and anxiety of parents sending their daughters off to college. The hopeful optimism of “she’ll be fine,” mingled with the fear that comes from wondering what may really be going on … and what may be to come. And I’ve heard plenty of mixed feelings from the girls themselves, as they learn to navigate a brand new terrain that requires new levels of responsibility, intensity and problemsolving that are the hallmarks of transitioning from high school to college. Our daughters need our help You don’t have to look far to ...

Posted June 23, 2016, 9:40 a.m. by Amy Anthony | View Comments
College or Gap? Now You Can Do Both Right Out of High School

Unsure whether to head straight to college or take a gap year off? You can do both at the same time with gap year options run by colleges. Several universities and colleges now offer programs that allow incoming freshmen to defer their enrollment for a semester or an academic year while they get the valuable life experience that a break from pure academics offers. It might be the answer to what to do during a gap year? While?college-based?gap?programs vary in focus and in scope?–?some offer volunteer experiences while others?provide?internships?–?participating students?develop a pre-college community of peers and get other academic and ...

Posted May 12, 2016, 1:18 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School

Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School Garrett Royce credits the Vermont Academy of Science & Technology (VAST) program at Vermont Tech for making his college career a success. The VAST program is an early college, independent high school exclusively for high school seniors who want to receive a high school diploma and complete a year of college at the same time. The fully accredited program is specifically for high school seniors with a strong ability in math and science. “The transition from being a high school student to becoming a college student was virtually a seamless one as a ...

Posted May 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Try This 5-Step Reality Check for Your Degree’s Earning Power

Try This 5-Step Reality Check for Your Degree’s Earning Power Being realistic about earning potential after college graduation is an important part of your college application decision. When you weigh your financial aid packages, ask yourself whether or not you will be able to repay any college loans you take out to pay for the education. Even if the college is prestigious, a high-priced degree may not be the best choice if you are offered a bad financial aid package or have to depend on loans. Here are some tips to help decide whether your degree will be a good ...

Posted May 2, 2016, 11:36 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Watch for These 6 Red Flags the Summer Before College

Watch for These 6 Red Flags the Summer Before College Every soon-to-be college student experiences some level of fear and hesitancy about this next step. It’s natural to feel college anxiety and be concerned about doing well in a new environment. During the summer before my daughter went to college, I began noticing some red flags. At first, I ignored them, knowing she was simply nervous. But as the weeks rolled on and more and more began popping up, I began to get concerned. Had she changed her mind about college? Was she willing to turn her back on what ...

Posted April 29, 2016, 9 a.m. by Emily Southey | View Comments
Seniors, Take These 6 Pieces of Advice to College

Going off to college can be very nerve-wracking. It’s a huge change, and let’s be honest, your friends and family have been telling you nonstop how awesome college is going to be for the past year. I left home with incredibly high expectations (and a very queasy stomach). College was supposed to be the best time of my life … right? Honestly, I had an amazing four years, but there are definitely a few things I wish I had known prior to my freshman year. Now a year out of college, I’ve compiled a list of advice that, if I ...

Posted April 28, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Two Important Reasons for Going To Community College

Community college gets a bad rap. Both students and parents often ignore the idea of community college as an end in itself or as a tool for getting a four-year college degree. They think commuity college credits are not valued by prestigious institutions. Or, they worry about how an employer will view two-year schools on a resume. Years ago, I was one of those parents. I felt community college was simply a scapegoat for those students who couldn’t hack the real world of college. By observing my son’s college path, however, my eyes were opened to its value. After working ...

Posted April 18, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Consider a specialty college dorm

Accepted to college? Consider a speciality dorm Congratulations on being accepted to college! Now you can start thinking about what it’s going to be like to live on campus. Most colleges have dorms specifically for entering freshmen. But you can also request or apply to be in a specialty dorm where students are in a community based on their academic major, special interest, language or lifestyle. If you have a preference regarding your living accommodations on campus, ask about these dorms during your college tour or freshman orientation. It might help you build a community during your first year away ...

Posted April 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to solve a friend conflict in college

Do You Know Your Role in the College Drama Students, colleges and parents each have a role to play in this new college adventure. The key is to know your part, do your part and work positively with one another. Students tend to rely heavily on their parents even after leaving for college. Parents find it hard to let go. Colleges often downplay their need to be involved on some level. But if each knows their role and strives to stay within those boundaries, the college experience will be more enjoyable and less stressful for all involved. What students can ...

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