Will your summer experience become your college essay?

I’ve often heard students (or their parents) declare their pre-selected essay topic before the experience has even taken place, especially when it comes to summer. It sounds like this: “I’m going to a summer journalism program at Northwestern for two weeks. It’ll make a great essay topic for my applications.” Maybe you’ve got your own […]

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A reminder to express thanks

From Don Daake’s latest column, a great reminder for students: “This summer I’m going to my 50th high school reunion to celebrate with my classmates. I have attended nine out of nine of my 5-year class reunions. We spend a lot of time reflecting and savoring, and that brings joy and happiness… But a warning […]

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Don’t buy into rankings

I saw a clickbait article/ad recently entitled, “Disney Rides, Ranked from Worst to First.” Really? According to whom? Based on what criteria? How do the rankers know that their #1 will also be my #1? At which Disney-attending audience do these rankings claim to be aimed? Thrill-seekers? Parents who are there with little kids? The […]

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The perfect time to observe

For most high school students, the school year is winding down. AP exams are behind you. Final exams are impending. The sweet release of summer is imminent. And the college-bound will soon walk the stage at graduation, say goodbye to high school, and prepare to assume their place on campus this fall as college freshmen. […]

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Where the time is best spent

Collegewise’s leadership has a saying we’ve come to rely on when we are tempted to rush forward with an idea or initiative before we’ve considered if and how our colleagues might be affected by it: you’re going to spend the time either way. No matter how anxious for action we might be, if we try […]

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What’s in a report card, and what’s not?

As we reach the end of the academic year, author and University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth shares this timely piece, “Grading Report Cards: What’s in an A—and what’s not.” My favorite snippet is below, but the article is short and worth the entire read. “Don’t let your kids misinterpret report cards. A bad grade doesn’t mean […]

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Monday morning Q & A

Leslie asks: “Given that high school sophomores often have no idea yet where they might want to attend college, how does one decide whether to take the SAT subject tests? I understand only the most elite and selective schools require them, but it is confusing when one does not yet know if those schools are […]

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A wake-up call about sleep

From a recent article, “You’re not getting enough sleep–and it’s killing you.” “‘The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It’s a silent sleep loss epidemic. It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st […]

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