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Posted June 24, 2020, 2:30 p.m. by Jason Vallozzi | View Comments
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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 June 18, 2020, 1:39 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently live in unprecedented times. While it seems as though daily life has been temporarily placed on hold, there are still countless people who need help and a variety of online volunteer opportunities for high school students to get involved in giving back. Face masks and social distancing have replaced handshakes, hugs, and life as we once knew it. Now is as important a time as ever to implement ways to help those in need, regardless of how little it seems we can do from home. For those looking to aid their community and beyond ...

Posted May 20, 2020, 10:59 a.m. by Cynthia Bahmani | View Comments
11 Ideas to Feel Better Physical and Mentally

Are you bored to tears with SIP and miss breaking a sweat? Do you miss your athletics and feeling fit? Did you miss Prom or other school dances? In addition, to walking and biking, check out these eleven ways to stay fit indoors AND outdoors with the power of your favorite music pumping in your veins, and lighting up good endorphins in your brain! Here is a link to how music can lift your spirit and mood. Most ideas below are from your fellow teens: Find a FITNESS APP you like, such as Nike Training Club, PilatesAnytime, Peleton Fitness, Orange ...

Posted Feb. 19, 2019, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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Not every student is excited about going to college. Sometimes they need a little push; and sometimes college just isn’t in their headlights. The simple truth is: The four-year college plan isn’t for everyone. For some young adults, the thought of college terrifies them. If they have struggled in school, they know college is going to be more academically challenging. Other students are simply burned out and need a break. But, with all the talk about college during high school, other options are rarely discussed. What if your student simply won’t consider college? My son never saw himself in college. ...

Posted Nov. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
8 STEM Summer Programs That Are Just for High School Girls

Kate Ballantine, assistant professor in environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, has a favorite memory from her years running a summer STEM program for girls. “My students were walking past the tennis camp to a field. We’re carrying all our equipment – all the science-y stuff. One of the tennis campers yells, ‘What are you guys doing?’ “One of my students said, ‘We’re scientists.’ She was just radiating with this sense of ‘this is who I am now.’” Ballantine’s Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program gives high school students a chance to do hands-on research in environmental restoration. Summer programs like ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
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The deadline is coming up fast, but if you’re a college-bound junior, you can still register for the Jan. 23 SAT – the last administration of the current version. But time is running short. The deadline for late registration is Jan.12. (https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates). A lot has been written about the new test and the changes that will make it more like the ACT: just two sections, no penalty for guessing, and an optional required essay. It draws a lot from the Common Core, emphasizing evidence-based understanding of texts, vocabulary and math skills. Not so many “gotcha” vocabulary words. But some experts ...

Posted Dec. 16, 2015, 9 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
Pomodoro: Work All Day Without Breaking a Sweat

Earlier I wrote a blog about the Unschedule – the best method to get started on your work without procrastinating. But what do you once you start working? Is there a tried-and-true method of using your time most efficiently? During my junior year in college, I discovered the Pomodoro Technique. It totally revolutionized my life. To this very day, I use Pomodoro whenever I have a big project to work on. Francesco Cirillo, the brains behind this productivity hack, decided to name his invention after the Italian word for tomato. When he first starting testing out his theory, the only ...

Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Big Money Scholarships with December Deadlines

Winter break is approaching and if you need money for college, utilize that free time applying for scholarships—and not just any scholarships, big money scholarships. These 10 scholarships have mid- to late-December deadlines, giving you time to craft essays or meet other criteria, complete the applications, and apply. Who doesn’t want free money for college? Burger King Scholars Program Amount: Up to $50,000 Description: This program is open to graduating high school seniors who live in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico with a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 planning to enroll full-time, without interruption, for ...

Posted Nov. 23, 2015, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Five ways to avoid being too creative on your college app

The ultimate goal of preparing a college application is to get into to the school of your dreams. When you are competing for a coveted spot, it is critical to ensure that you stand out from the crowd. One way to do so is to be creative. But can you be too creative with college applications? Is there a line that you simply should not cross? Here are five tips on how to be creative with your college applications without going overboard 1. Be yourself For admissions officers, the college application is a means of determining fit between a student ...

Posted Nov. 19, 2015, 9 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
Defeat Procrastination with an “Unschedule”

Throughout my high school and early college years, I was a compulsive procrastinator. I was also a perfectionist. Weird combination, right? Actually, no. As it turns out, one of the main reasons why people procrastinate is that they are afraid of producing imperfect work. Needless to say, I was up late all the time trying to perfect work that I hadn't started until the last minute. Then I was introduced to Dr. Neil Fiore’s “The Now Habit.” This book completely changed the way I tried to battle against procrastination. Before, I would just tell myself, “You gotta work harder! Stop ...

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