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Posted Oct. 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Cutting College Costs

When you think about college costs, you automatically think about tuition, room, and board. But once you’ve paid the college for these expenses, there are countless other expenses that can add up and increase your college costs. Want to save money and lower your costs? Try these 10 tips: 1. Get the smaller meal plan Colleges automatically include a three-meal plan when figuring your college costs. But the reality is that most students rarely eat three meals a day. You can save a good amount of money by decreasing the plan to two meals. When my daughter went to college ...

Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Lindsey Stahley | View Comments
community service

Admissions officers are looking more and more closely at extracurricular activities and leadership skills when evaluating college applicants. So, high school community service can be critical. But before you start accumulating hours for all sorts of miscellaneous things, know that college admissions staff are not just looking for a high number of hours. Community service needs to be the right kind of work and you need to be doing it for the right reasons. // Colleges put a premium on teen community service. They also like students who approach this work with passion and authenticity. Basically, this means a college ...

Posted Sept. 25, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
scholarship search

For college-bound students, scholarships can fill in the gap between what you can afford and the cost of the school. Most students believe scholarships are a pipe dream if they aren’t athletes or 4.0 students. But nothing could be further from the truth. There are thousands of scholarships available for the taking. You just need to find them. There are six key places to look. But remember: Finding them is half the battle. You have to put in the effort to apply and be vigilant in paying attention to requirements and deadlines. 1. Search Locally Beat the scholarship odds by ...

Posted Sept. 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

It’s the land of Shakespeare, Shaw, Pinter, and, most recently, Agbaje. Why wouldn’t someone interested in the stage want to study in London? We asked the experts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama why American students might pass on New York or Los Angeles to head across the pond. Central has 17 different full-time undergraduate courses covering not just acting but every aspect of technical theater, theater education and writing for performance. It accepts students from all backgrounds and nationalities and actors train in a community that mimics what they will experience in the industry. (Pinter, by the ...

Posted Sept. 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
financial aid

Parents and students are always looking for ways to pay the least amount of money for college. It’s even more important as costs keep rising and students face increasing student debt loads. The 2013 Project on Student Debt found that 69 percent of all students graduating from four-year public and private nonprofit colleges had student loan debt averaging $28,400. But, how do you find colleges with the best financial aid? To begin, look at the data and compare. Then, search for colleges that offer free tuition. Finally, look at colleges that promise to meet 100 percent of a student’s financial ...

Posted Sept. 16, 2015, 8 a.m. by John Bergin | View Comments
when your passion isn't your career

I have realized that my artistic passion will not be my career. And I’m OK with that. Let me start with two points, for anyone who reads this and thinks, “Well, I guess all those years of lessons / classes / workshops / masterclasses / ensembles are a total waste because this (hopefully) relatable 21-year-old tells me they are in his eloquently worded article.” First, if that’s what you take away from this, you’re not reading this correctly. No part of this article is meant to attack the pursuit of an artistic passion as a career. I envy that pursuit, ...

Posted Sept. 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
AP US History Exam

Last year, College Board rolled out its new Advanced Placement U.S. History exam. This move prompted a wave of criticism from teachers all around the country. Many complained that the new AP history curriculum focused too heavily on “alternative narratives” instead of telling the true (a k a old white male) story of our proud nation. I won't say a lot here other than that view sounds a bit too much like Arizona (no, not the tea). Others, however, offered a more legitimate critique: College Board simply wasn't providing enough resources for students to succeed on this new exam. Teachers, ...

Posted Sept. 11, 2015, 8 a.m. by Alex Thaler | View Comments
college application apps

Fzzzztt! Sparks are flying out of my computer like it’s the Fourth of July and after a few seconds the plastic around the keyboard begins to transform into a molten soup of graphite-colored pudding. I work with high school seniors and counselors. As my laptop spirals down into an epic – and literal – meltdown, I can’t help but wonder what this sort of catastrophe would have meant for the college applicants of the past (i.e. before the year 2000). It would have been horrendous. Fortunately, the advent of cloud-based apps has solved the fried-laptop problem, as well as the ...

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
support LGBT

In eighth grade, my history teacher told the class that he believed gay and transgender people could not lead productive and successful lives in the "real world" due to such "alternative lifestyles,” and that they would all end up in hell. (There was much gasping from the naive middle school class.) This was after I placed a notecard on my desk about supporting LGBT+ people on The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual "Day of Silence" to combat bullying and the silence that LGBT+ youth face and express when bullied. That teacher’s words played a huge part in hindering ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
high school and college relationships

I know from experience that the transition from high school to college can be a challenge for relationships. If one of you is going out of state for college, staying in contact and remaining close will be especially difficult. My girlfriend and I went to high school together in California. I applied to colleges all around the country, and eventually selected Northeastern University in Boston. We dated long-distance for a few months, but we eventually decided to end the relationship. Deciding to go into a long-distance relationship was a big decision for both of us. It changed my entire experience ...

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