What are the best student loans?

Mounting student loan debt has left many families far more reluctant to take out loans to send their kids to college. But done responsibly, loans can help some families make up that difference between the full cost of attendance and what they can afford to pay for the college that really is the best place […]

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Free webinar: Creating your college list

While in the throes of their efforts to improve their chances of admission to college, many students actually neglect one of the most important choices they make on that journey—deciding where to apply. While many families can readily identify at least a few colleges they’d love to see their student attend, they might be less […]

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Who and what is it for?

It might be too late for most graduation organizers to implement Seth Godin’s recommendations in his recent piece, “Rethinking Graduation.” But he poses two seemingly small but (I think) significant questions that I believe can drive much better behavior around just about any project, practice or tradition: (1) Who’s it for? (2) What’s it for? As […]

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When admissions obsession mirrors addiction

At first glance, some might say that comparing an obsession with an Ivy League education to an addiction to a prescription pain killer is a tad alarmist. But a full read of Brennan Barnard’s latest piece, “Education’s Opiates: Prescribing Selective Colleges,” reveals that in many communities, the anxiety around college admissions is becoming a very […]

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On purpose

When you show up, who and what do people get? When you arrive to class, punch in for your part-time job, or show up at practice for soccer or band or debate, what happens? Are you the one who shows up on time, who does the little things without being asked, and who finds ways […]

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How counselors can help the kids who need it most

One of the many reasons I come back to high school counselor extraordinaire Patrick O’Connor’s regular advice columns for counselors is because he reminds his readers that while the over-scheduled but well-resourced student population has their struggles, they’re not the only kids we need to be worrying about. And in fact, there are students whose home lives […]

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