Are you indispensable?

I just finished reading an interesting book called "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?"  It wasn't written for high school students trying to get into college; but if you took its lessons and applied them to your high school life, I think you'd find yourself happier, more fulfilled, and more appealing to colleges.  Here's the gist of […]

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No fear of failure

I write and talk a lot about the importance of celebrating your strengths as opposed to spending all your time trying to fix your weaknesses.  But here's a secret about smart, confident, successful people–they actually fail a lot.   Those people don't like to fail, but they understand that the more often you challenge yourself, the […]

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How important are PSAT scores?

I think students and parents need to find reasons to stress less, not more, about the college admissions process.  The PSAT is a good example of this need.  The stress students and parents feel regarding PSAT scores (which are being returned to students about now), is often totally out of proportion with the actual relevance […]

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Attitude adjustments

While I was in the grocery store today, two teenage workers who were stocking fruit were griping to each other about how much they hate their job.  It wasn't hard to hear them, as they were making no effort at all to keep their conversation private.  So while I was selecting my apples, I got […]

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Two ways sports can help you get into college

There are two ways that a successful high school athletic career can help you get admitted to college. One is to be so good that a college coach says, “I want this kid on my team so badly that I will my forfeit my salary and donate blood to get him here.”  When a college coach makes […]

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