Scheduling quiet time

What would happen if you turned off your phone and your email and just focused on your work for a couple of hours?  No emails, no phone calls, no texts.  Don't worry; they'll be there when you come back.  What if you told your friends and family you weren't available during that time.  What if […]

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Fifty summer activities for high school students

What should you do this summer? First, you should sleep in.  Not every day, but certainly more than you do during the school year.  You should have fun and hang out with your friends and do things that have absolutely nothing to do with college applications.  Colleges don't expect you to spend every waking second […]

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A message for the senior class of 2010

If you’re a high school senior, you've likely decided where you're going to college (and you probably won't have much reason to read our blog for long).  So before you go, let me just say–congratulations.  You did it.  I hope you've taken some time to celebrate the fact that you're going to college, wherever is […]

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A reminder for students who are waitlisted

Waitlisted students, even though you've elected to be placed on a waiting list for a college you really want to attend, you still have to officially commit to a school that accepted you, and today is the last day to do it.  Don't forget. And when you officially do commit, allow yourself to be excited.  […]

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College decision day

Tomorrow is May 1, college decision day for seniors.  If you haven't yet signed your name and committed to a school where you'll spend the next four years, tomorrow is the last day to do it.  So…  1.  Remember to send your "Statement of Intent to Register" and your deposit to your chosen college.  And […]

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Making college worth your time, money and memories

Interesting post from Seth Godin today that makes this argument–the notion that graduating from college is the key to future success has existed for hundreds of years, and it's about to be exposed as a scam for several reasons. 1. With some notable exceptions, the educations offered by most colleges aren't really all that different […]

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Inspiration is perishable

I just finished a great business book called "Rework."  And like a lot of business books, it's got plenty of application for high school students, too.  Here's an example. Page 271:  Inspiration is perishable.  "Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk.  It has an expiration date.  If you want to do something, you've got to […]

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