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Category: Colleges & Universities

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 advisor 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. Here are 5 revision tips to help ...

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 college 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 application 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 ...

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 TeenLife | 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 ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 3:35 p.m. by Cory Anderson | View Comments
4 Steps to Getting Into Architecture School

I'm not going to lie, the process of applying to architecture school can seem daunting if you are just skimming through architecture programs offered at various universities. But getting into architecture is definitely "do-able." So I'll break it down into 4 simple steps: 1. Plan, plan, plan! This is the most important step because the process of getting into architecture school can be a long one. I have seen some students take up to two years to get accepted into an architecture school, due to poor planning. A well-developed step-by-step plan is necessary, because many schools have certain deadlines for ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 12:16 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Handling College Rejections: A Role Reversal

My daughter applied Early Decision (ED) to her dream college. She was flat out rejected. I was incensed that the school turned her away. She had the grades. She had the scores. She had substantial extracurricular activities. And she is a really nice kid. But that didn’t matter. Yes, I know that college admission is a numbers game, and that there are far too many qualified candidates vying for every precious spot at top colleges and universities. I knew that only 19 percent of the applicants to my daughter’s ED college were admitted the year prior. But when those statistics ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 12:01 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Public Vs. Private High School: One Family's Perspective

My son recently graduated from a high-quality private high school and my daughter is in 12th grade at a high-quality public one. My son prospered at private school, while my daughter would not change her educational experience at public school. I have an inside view of both worlds. Rather than provide my perspective on the pros and cons of each educational option, I am sharing the astute insights my daughter offered when she lobbied to stay in public school. Here’s a recap of our conversation with my points and her counterpoints: Just think, in private school you’ll get: Intellectual and ...

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