Adding up…

When I was at the grocery store this afternoon, a group of four college guys were stocking up for what appeared to be a college roommate barbecue–hot dogs, buns, charcoal, chips, generic brand ketchup and mustard, and of course, (very) cheap beer. When the elected accountant of the group did a rough calculation and told […]

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Who deserves the credit?

According to the Boston Globe, Harvard received a record 29,112 applications for the Class of 2013.   2,900 of them scored a perfect 800 on the SAT critical reading section.  3,500 got a perfect SAT math score. Nearly 3,700 were ranked first in their senior class.  Still, 93% of those amazing, brilliant, accomplish students were rejected.  […]

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Works in progress

I've noticed three things about our former Collegewise students when they describe their college experiences.  If you ask some current college students about their collegiate lives, you'll likely find the same three similarities. 1.  Almost all of them are happy in college. Statistics show that most students like their colleges, even those who are attending […]

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Authentic applicants

Every college looks for authentic applicants.  Authentic means, "Not false or copied; genuine; real."  They want to get to know the real you, not some contrived version of you that's been molded to try to impress colleges.    Authentic is telling a college you want to work closely with a particular marine biology professor because […]

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Choosing test prep

It’s easy for students (and the parents paying the bill) to get paralyzed by the options available to them to prepare for the SAT or ACT. You have books, online courses, weekend seminars, long classes and private tutoring, to name a few. And the price tags range from free to more than the cost of […]

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Meant to be?

Parents, imagine your son came to you one day and said this: "Someday, I want to marry a blond lawyer who's really good looking.  So for now, I need to work hard in school so she'll think I'm smart.  I'll play soccer because I think women like athletes, do community service so I can show […]

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