When you shouldn’t do whatever it takes

Doing whatever it takes sounds like a good idea.  But it can hurt your chances of getting into college. You miss an "A" by two points in your Spanish class.  You argue with your teacher.  You try to make a case why you deserve an "A."  You get your parents involved and have them put […]

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Tips to make the next semester your best one yet

Successful peole like to set goals.  So why not set yours to make your next semester the best–most successful, happiest, most productive–one yet?  Here are five ways to do it. 1.  Use spring break to catch up on all the sleep, mystery novels, guitar, bad reality TV, surfing, or anything else you regularly sacrifice for […]

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High school counselors vs. private counselors

Whenever I go to conferences, I meet some high school counselors and some private counselors who feel the two groups are somehow pitted against each other.  Most of them have legitimate gripes about isolated members of the opposing party who've made them look bad with disparaging comments to kids, or somehow made it harder for […]

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For senior parents: celebrate every admissions decision

This is Austin, one of our Collegewise seniors.  And that plate of goodness in front of him is full of cookies shaped like "A's" to celebrate his admission to the University of Arizona. Whenever a Collegewise family shares good admissions news with us, our first question is always the same. "What are you going to […]

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Community service and college admissions

Community service is a tricky subject when it comes to college admissions.  A lot of families are convinced that their student needs to have done it, and if they do, it's going to be a real boost to their student's chances of admission.  But neither of those things are necessarily true.  Now, I’m not going […]

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A reminder for juniors to hang in there

Finals week begins soon at many high schools, and this is about the time of year when we start to see the first signs of the stress getting to our juniors.  With the courses, SAT classes, activities and college planning, it's important for juniors to remember two things.  1.  Most college students would tell you […]

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Five college-related activities for at-risk youth

I gave my annual "You Can Still Go to College" workshop yesterday at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  CASA pairs volunteer advocates with foster youth who've been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect.  I shared five college-related activities advocates can do with their CASA kids free or almost free, and I thought […]

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Five people you want to work with

Some talents are easier to spot than others.  In fact, some of the most valuable people may not score the most goals or win the elections or come up with the brilliant idea.  But their talents actually make everyone else better, happier and more effective.    Here are five people you want to work with. […]

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Five people you don’t want to work with

From the high school Spanish club to Fortune 500 companies, there are some people who make work less productive and less enjoyable for everyone else involved.  It’s good to be able to spot those people so you can try to minimize the damage they can do. Here are five people you don’t want to work […]

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