Archive for the ‘extracurricular activities’ Category

5 Ways to Find Education Beyond the Classroom

  No matter what stage they’re at in their educational journey, your kids should appreciate that the classroom only provides a platform. If they truly want to maximize the capabilities of learning to experience its greatest rewards, they must be willing to do more.    Frankly, going that extra mile is the hallmark of a […]


Extracurriculars Can Boost College Applications

  Grades are important on college applications, but the best way your kids can stand out to administrators is to have a few extracurriculars listed somewhere in their applications. While colleges do care about the grades of their prospective students, they also care about the character of people they admit; therefore, what your children do […]


Wednesday’s Parent: The Road to Expertise for your College Bound Teen

Marketing your student to colleges is more than a list of activities and accomplishments on a high school resume. As I have noted previously, colleges look for consistency in extracurriculars. They also look for students who stand out on their college application. The best way to stand out is to take a soft skill (something […]


Wednesday’s Parent: Turning a Hobby Into a Resume Rave

  Say what? A hobby can be a plus on your college application? You bet! What do hobbies communicate? Passion. What are college admissions officers looking for? Passion. Hobbies and Extracurriculars Hobbies can be a valuable component of the extracurricular record. If your teen already has a hobby, help them find clubs or organizations related […]


Wednesday’s Parent: An Extracurricular Match Made in Heaven

  When it comes to extracurricular activities, it requires some careful thought and exploration from your student. Picking a volunteer activity is more than just pulling a name out of a hat. The number one criteria for choosing an extracurricular is: pick something that interests you AND stick with it. Of course, there are the […]


TeenLife: Great Resource for Parents and Students

  When I find a resource that is PACKED FULL of information for parents and students, I can’t help but share it. is just that resource. According to their “About” page: TeenLife provides the web’s most comprehensive directory of STEM, gap year, pre-college, overnight summer and community service programs for students in grades 7-12. […]


The benefits of participating in a high school debate team

  The education you have during high school can benefit you in college.  This is especially true if you plan to pursue a law degree.  There are reasons to make a high school debate team a part of your education. A Debate Team Will Help You Learn Communication Skills When you work in the legal […]


How to be a high school entrepreneur (and wow colleges)

  Sign up for my FREE parent tips email and get my FREE Ebook on college financing! Or subscribe to my blog on the left and get email updates. Back in the day, in order to get accepted into a great school, all you needed to do was make excellent grades and do really well on the standardized tests. Kind of […]


Wednesday’s Parent: Adding the extras

  Wednesday’s child may be full of woe but Wednesday’s Parent can substitute action for anxiety. Each Wednesday Wendy and I will provide parent tips to get and keep your student on the college track. It’s never too late or too early to start! Wednesday’s Parent will give twice the info and double the blog posts on critical parenting issues […]


The debate over extracurriculars

  When your teenager enters high school they are told from day one that they NEED extracurriculars to get into college. Parents nag them about it. Counselors and teachers lecture them about their importance. Most of the advice they receive, however, neglects to mention one crucial point: padding the resume with activities does not impress college […]

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