Sometimes it’s good to hurry

Sometimes the best way to stop stalling, deliberating, second-guessing or looking for the perfect choice is just to hurry up.  Rush things.  Make an artificial deadline.  Do it now.   If your club needs to do a fundraiser, you could spend your entire meeting letting everyone make suggestions of what to do and still not […]

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On texting while you work

Seth Godin has a great post today about why you shouldn't text while working.  He's directing it at the professional world, but if you're a high school student who wants to go to college, I think it applies to you, too.   You're competing against people in a state of flow, people who are truly […]

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Five questions colleges ask

Many colleges ask applicants: "Which of your activities has had the most meaning for you, and why?" "Why have you decided to apply to our college?" "Have you thought about what you might like to study in college?" "What's your favorite subject/class/teacher?" "How will you contribute to our campus community?" How would you answer those […]

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Five second semester reminders for juniors

For the college-bound, the second semester of 11th grade is arguably your most important semester.  Here are five tips to help you make it count.  1.  Take the SAT or ACT at least once. Leave the fall of senior year to re-take a test if necessary, but not to take it for the first time.  […]

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One college planning guarantee

I spoke at a middle school last night and a parent asked me about my preference between AP and IB programs. I told her the truth–that the IB program is great for some kids, but that it's not a magic key that unlocks the doors of admission to selective colleges.  Intellectual kids who challenge themselves […]

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College counseling done the wrong way

One of our Collegewise families got a letter in the mail this week that started: You and your student, Kevin, are scheduled to participate in an educational group presentation followed by a personal interview to help determine college admission and financial aid eligibility.  Colleges are now identifying prospective students as early as the 9th grade […]

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Writer’s block is sometimes just typer’s block

When we first started helping students with college essays, the first draft they'd send us often lacked the same emotion or energy that the student conveyed when he first told us the story in our brainstorming meeting.  The first draft didn't light up the way the student's face did when he was talking about playing […]

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“Everybody is doing it”

"Everybody's doing it" is rarely a good reason to do things, especially in high school.  And the way you prepare for college is no exception.  If everybody else has tutors in four subjects and a year-long program to prepare for the SAT, it's easy to feel that you should do the same thing. If everybody […]

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