Archive for the ‘college planning’ Category


Not Going to College? Now What?

  This post was originally written for ClassandCareers.com and was posted as “Taking the non-traditional route after high school graduation”. Most high school seniors are geared up for graduation next month and that comes with a good case of senioritis. The typical path for a large percentage of graduates sends them off to college in the […]

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How to Help Your Student Handle Rejection

  This post was originally written for University Parent and posted at UniversityParent.com—Help Your Student Handle Rejection In high school, my son participated in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program and had high hopes of attending a military academy after graduation. However, due to less-than-stellar SAT scores and our family’s general lack of […]

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Are You Considering an Independent College Advisor?

  With all the ins and outs of college prep, it’s becoming more and more common for parents to hire and independent college advisor to help with the process. But how do you shop for someone you can trust? Are all advisors the same? What type of questions should you ask? This decision can be a costly […]

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What is a Curriculum Vitae and How Can It Help Your Student?

  Parents that are helping their high school kids get into college have a lot of questions. Right now you probably have one big question. What is a curriculum vitae? A curriculum vitae (CV) is a document that lists a person’s education, accomplishments, qualifications, and past experience. While it sounds like a resume, there are […]

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Looking Ahead to 2017

  With the Christmas season upon us and students on winter break, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2017. First things first, take a look at scholarships with January deadlines. These should be at the top of your list to begin 2017. Make scholarship searching and applying a priority in 2017. Say you don’t […]

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Dear High School Junior

Dear High School Junior, Your quest for college intensifies this year. Junior year is THE most important year in the college process. It’s the year you focus your energy on college preparation. All the years leading up to this year have prepared you to begin this journey and as an admissions officer once told me, […]

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How to Talk to Your Student About College

Do you have 2 minutes? Two minutes is all it takes to heat up a microwave dinner, brush your teeth, or make your bed in the morning. We all have two minutes. Knowing that our lives are crazy and hectic, Adam Blumenthal of the College Planning Network has created two minutes videos to help parents answer […]

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Sometimes College Isn’t the Right Choice

  When our student graduates from high school we flaunt college names like a badge of honor. “My daughter is going to Harvard.” “My son will be attending college at Texas A&M.” You get the picture. Sometimes our desire to prove we raised a successful teenager clouds our judgment and causes us to push our […]

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Watch for Pre-College Anxiety This Summer

  High school graduation is here and parents are proudly snapping photos, bragging about which college their student will attend, and basking in the fact that they raised a successful high school graduate. Then comes the summer before college . . . Right now, your student is probably looking forward to “gelling” during the summer: […]

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Who Says Moms Don’t Work?

  This article originally appeared on Smart College Visit as my Parent College Coach Tip of the week.  George W. Bush got some flack over comments he made during a Presidential debate regarding his presidency—“it’s hard work”. Mainly because he said it over and over again. If you’re the mom of a college-bound teen you […]

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