A fundaising secret for high schoolers

If you're trying to raise funds for your team, club, school newspaper or grad night committee, here's a tip that will help you tug at the generosity of others–don't let your parents do the fundraising for you.  We're always willing to do our part to support high school activities.  And it makes sense for us […]

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Blast from the Collegewise past

I came across a file on my computer today entitled, "Counseling ideas" created Tuesday, August 10, 1999–six days before I opened Collegewise.  I remember writing it on the last day at my former job and saving it on, yes, a floppy disk. Some of the suggestions look pretty dated eleven years later (like asking colleges […]

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What do we expect from kids at Collegewise?

A father asked me recently if the Collegewise message was, "It's OK to expect less."  It's not an unreasonable question given how much time we spend preaching that you don't have to have straight A's, perfect test scores, or a degree from a famous college to be successful.  Still, I think he's missing our point […]

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Does the senior year count in college admissions?

Students often ask us how the classes and grades from their senior year are factored into colleges' admissions decisions.  Here's the answer.  1.  Any college you apply to this fall will ask you what classes you're taking, and what classes you plan on taking second semester.  They want to see that you're still challenging yourself.  […]

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Successful people don’t just “think” about doing things

Successful people don't just think about doing things; they actually do them.  That's why colleges are always looking for students who make things happen.  According to his IMDB biography, Stanley Kubrick once said, "Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some […]

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