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Category: Colleges & Universities

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
College Admission Mythbusters (Part1)

Applying to college is a stressful and busy time for all teenagers. Waiting for an acceptance letter is even worse! We're here to debunk common myths about college admission. Download Myth #1: An applicant should try to present as “well-rounded” to please admissions committees This myth remains pervasive among nervous applicants and their families. Sadly this misconception usually ends with many applicants entering their admissions interviews dressed in a safari outfit while simultaneously riding a unicycle, playing a didgeridoo, and explaining their design plans for a Super Soaker that combats diabetes. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but the bottom line ...

Posted Feb. 15, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Start Saving Coupons NOW for Dorm Room Essentials

Even if your children are in middle school, it is not too early to start saving those “Bed Bath & Beyond” (BB&B) coupons for when it’s time to outfit their college dorm room. Despite believing your children will never be old enough to go off to college, your kids will fly the coop sooner than you can imagine. Dorm Room Essentials It is amazing how many items on the college dorm room checklist you can find in one store – whether you shop at BB&B or Target or your favorite local department store. Freshman need bedding (XL twin sheets, blankets, ...

Posted Feb. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Short-Term Strategies for Financial Aid Success

With FAFSA season fast approaching, you no longer have the luxury of long-term financial planning for college unless you happen to stumble upon a 1985 Delorean fully- loaded with a flux capacitor (in which case you should pull a Biff, bet on future sports events, and not even worry about financial aid). Space-time continuum transcending scenarios aside, here are some essential strategies for maximizing your federal aid. 1. Don’t assume that you are too wealthy to be eligible for aid Common sense would tell you that a family living in a 20,000-square-foot McMansion, driving matching his/her Maseratis, and spending Sunday ...

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 12:05 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Break Down Your Financial Aid Award Letter

In just a few short weeks college financial aid award letters will start arriving. For most, this process is confusing; award letters are not all are the same and it’s hard to compare colleges when their award letters aren’t standardized. Award letters arrive after you receive your offer of admission. They should play a major factor in deciding which college to attend. What are the components of the award letter? Every award letter should contain these basic components: The full cost of attendance, which should be broken down into expenses such as tuition, room and board, textbooks, and even travel. ...

Posted Jan. 31, 2014, 11:02 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
6 Valuable Ways a Tutor Can Improve Your Standardized Test Score

Standardized tests are here to stay. Not only do colleges use them to determine academic abilities, but also partly base offers of admission on these scores. With competitiveness among college applicants growing, many parents and students should consider a tutor to help prepare for the PSAT, SAT and ACT. If you’re considering a tutor for test prep or simply for academic help, it is prudent to know how a tutor could assist you and help you improve your scores. 1. A tutor can teach test-taking strategy. A good tutor can teach you how to approach difficult problems, use complicated math ...

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 2:52 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
How to Avoid the College Application Frenzy

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, freshman enrollment in degree-granting institutions increased by 48 percent form 1995 to 2009 and is projected to grow 11 percent between 2009 and 2020. With more college applicants vying for a relatively static supply of freshman slots, it’s no wonder that high school students and their parents have a hard time avoiding the college application frenzy. But it can be done. Here are ten ways: Recognize that colleges want what they don’t have. For example, colleges in New England have lots of applicants from New England. So, wherever you live, consider schools ...

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 12:16 p.m. by Rosa Heyman | View Comments
5 Ways to Stay Healthy in College

It's never too early to start thinking about your health when you go away to college. It is easier than you think to make unhealthy choices, especially when you are surrounded by french fries and chicken fingers every day in the cafeteria. Make sure to leave high school prepared, and you will find it easier to make healthy decisions! For every cup of coffee, drink a glass of water Coffee and caffeine are inevitable parts of every college student’s routine – whether you are out late with friends or stuck in the library cramming for an exam, sometimes it feels ...

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, 2:24 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Deal with College Admission Competition

As spring approaches, colleges will be making their admissions decisions. As peer pressure goes, there is no greater pressure than that inflicted on each other over college applications and acceptances. For many teens, the pressure becomes overwhelming and may interfere with a logical college choice. Unfortunately, the bragging starts in the fall when applications are submitted and crescendos in the spring when offers of admission arrive. Download Since it’s difficult to avoid the competition over college among teens, here are a few tips that might help when dealing with these rivalries: Don’t be a braggart. Of course every teen is ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 4:28 p.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
The Importance of Observation on College Visits: Applied Knowledge, Part Four

Those of you who read my blog at TeenLife regularly know that I have already covered college visiting twice in previous blogs. I will start by saying that this piece, in addition to being more personal, will focus on one, nearly intangible aspect of the college visit, the one I consider most important of all: the 'feel' of the college. I don't quite know how to explain this phenomenon, so I will use specific examples of times that some attitude, or the atmosphere, of a college just didn't feel right to me, and when it undoubtedly did. I think it's ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 4:27 p.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
College Information Sessions: Applied Knowledge, Part Three

Hello and welcome back to my College Admissions Series. When we last left off, I spoke about why journalism is my chosen career path. In this installment, we’ll get into the real nitty-gritty of College Admissions in what I found to be the most difficult phase: information sessions. What makes these info sessions so difficult is that they are all relatively similar. All schools use similar language and approaches to promote their school, because, in general and in reality, they all tend to be rather similar at first glance. It is likely that most of a student’s college prospects will ...

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