College reps, consider adding these two sentences

It’s travel season for college reps who are heading to college fairs, information nights at high schools, and other events to put their schools in front of (potentially) interested applicants. Unfortunately, many of those earnest reps are hamstrung by the canned spiels that have been approved by some combination of the president’s office and the marketing consultants, […]

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What kind of meeting will this be?

The colleagues at Collegewise who know me best know never to send me an email like this. Kevin, could you and I schedule an hour of time to chat in the next few days? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks. All that does is conjure up images in my mind of potential agendas, none of which […]

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Need some FAFSA motivation?

If you know you should be completing the FAFSA but just can’t quite muster the gumption to dive in yet (totally understandable), here’s some additional information from expert Mark Kantrowitz that might give you the oomph you need. “The sooner you get your FAFSA done, the more money you’re going to get, on average… People […]

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Guaranteed return?

Students, as you progress through high school and prepare to apply to college, one question worth asking about the ways you’re choosing to spend your time might be, “Does this investment have a guaranteed return?” This class, this activity, this opportunity or experience, is it guaranteed to pay you back in some way? Will it make […]

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Straight talk about overparenting

When Julie Lythcott-Haims’s messages about (1) the dangers of overparenting and (2) how to raise mature, capable adults are no longer resonating or necessary, I’ll (happily) stop bringing them here. But until that day comes, I think it’s important that counselors, admissions officers, and other experts continue to speak frankly about what this group of […]

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Good and bad testing news

The Atlantic’s “When Grades Don’t Show The Whole Picture” makes a compelling argument for all the ways that SAT scores are good for, among other things, offsetting grade inflation, allowing students of all backgrounds to showcase their strengths, and providing colleges with a useful evaluation tool. Except it’s not an article at all—it’s an advertisement from […]

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Rewards, or punishments?

Parents and counselors who are encouraging teens to make application progress might be interested in a recent study shared in this Harvard Business Review piece, which showed that our brains are more likely to take action to pursue a reward than they are to avoid a punishment. “Neuroscience suggests that when it comes to motivating […]

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It’s FAFSA time

For students applying to begin college in the fall of 2018, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available today. The FAFSA is the gateway to all available need-based financial aid, and every student applying to college should file one. If you believe you’re an exception, maybe because you don’t think you’ll get aid or […]

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