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Category: Colleges & Universities

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 ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 3:53 p.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Applied Knowledge: Introduction to the College Application Process

Many of you out there are parents, many are teens, many are educators, and most of you have probably come into contact (or will come into contact) with the college application process. Scary, I know. As someone who just applied to some colleges, I can confirm that it is a daunting task from start to eventual finish. College Applications are also a topic with extensive and readily available literature, from the TeenLife blog to the New York Times’s old “The Choice” blog, to really anywhere on the net. So what’s new in this series? Well, hopefully, its candor and timeliness. ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 2:07 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Jobs vs. Unpaid Internships

As a young person in high school or college, you are under immense pressure from your parents, schools, and even peers, to engage in the job market. Your immediate reaction probably leads you to consider one of two options: you can either get a paid job or an internship. Of course, the expectations for high school students and college students differ. Internships give college students an opportunity to work in a field they are interested in, and could even give them a leg up when applying for jobs. High school students, on the other hand, probably aren’t thinking as much ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 11:54 a.m. by Elly Swartz | View Comments
6 Tips to Reduce Junior Year Stress

You’ve heard about the dreaded, yet, legendary junior year since your first day of high school.The year where your homework is relentless, your test schedule out of control, and everything matters. College is on the horizon and you feel the weight of every decision. It all feels so overwhelming. I understand. Truly, I do. As the mom of two sons who recently went through the process, and as an essay adviser with many students applying to college, I’m well versed on the stress that stems from junior year. Here are a few tips to reduce the stress and help embrace ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 10:53 a.m. by Elly Swartz | View Comments
5 Tips for Editing Your College Essay

Congratulations! You’ve completed the first draft of your college admissions essay. You do the requisite victory dance around your room because you're finally finished with your essay! You tell your mom, dad, college counselor and essay adviser that you have finished your college essay. High-fives fly. Then you share your essay. Everyone is certainly proud, but the consensus is that you’re not quite done. It’s important to realize this wonderful tapestry of words is the foundation for the house, but not the house itself. It needs polishing, details, stories and, of course, spell-check. Download Here are 5 revision tips to ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 10:42 a.m. by Stephen Friedfeld | View Comments
The 6 Best Topics For Your College Application Essay

With college admissions as competitive as it is today, the application essay can mean the difference between an acceptance or rejection letter. Admissions officers are increasingly turning to the essay as a means of evaluating students. Many applicants fail to take advantage of the essay—they choose the wrong question, write about an inappropriate topic, or just fail to put together a compelling essay. So, what should applicants write about? Here, we breakdown the six questions from this year’s Common Application, an online application accepted by more than 450 colleges and universities. (Even colleges that don’t accept the Common App tend ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 10:14 a.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
How to Answer New College Application Prompts

For the first time in its recent history, the Common Application has changed its essay prompts for the 2013-2014 school year. More than 2 million high school seniors and 460 colleges use this college application platform; it enables students to send out the same application to member colleges. It requires one long essay, whose prompts have never changed. Until now. Changes Starting the upcoming 2013-2014 application year, the Common Applications plans to release new prompts each winter/spring. This change means we must share these prompts with everyone who works with current high school juniors as students will be at a ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 3:46 p.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
5 Myths and Truths About Freshman Year of College

Freshman year of college is full of unknowns. Nevertheless, getting accepted into college will be one of the most exciting, rewarding experiences of your life. You deserve a big pat on the back for that one. But in the months after your acceptance letter arrives, the euphoria starts to slip away. You start thinking about all of unknowns of the upcoming year, and you may freak out a little bit. You’ve heard ubiquitous rumors about the ominous freshman year of college, but you have no idea what to really expect. I’m here to straighten out some of the most common ...

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