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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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Paying for College: The Best Strategy

  Last night I spoke with a relative whose son just had a baby. The parents were already developing a strategy for paying for college. When she told me they were planning to enter their child in beauty pageants to foot the bill, I had to interject. I told her this was certainly going to cost […]

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10 Things to Do After National College Decision Day

  It’s that time of year again. May 1 is approaching and for parents of seniors it’s THE DAY that their student’s hard work is finally realized. National College Decision Day is the day your student has to decide which college they will attend. For some, it will be an easy decision. For others, like […]

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My Son’s Path to College Graduation Took 9 Years After High School

  This week, I will be sharing some personal stories and experiences of my own children’s path to college. I hope they help enlighten you and encourage you to help your college-bound teen. During his senior year of high school, my son applied to three schools: the Air Force Academy, West Point, and the Citadel. […]

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