Seniors, do your colleges require 7th semester transcripts?

Seniors who've applied to college, now that you're about to finish the first semester of your senior year, it's time to double check the application requirements for your colleges and see which ones require: 1)  An official copy of your transcript with the grades from this semester (your "7th semester"). and/or 2)  A mid-year report […]

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A new way for teens to stand out

14 year-old Allison Miller sends and receives 27,000 texts in a month (and no, this is not the "new way to stand out" that I'm suggesting).  While she may the exception, the article goes on to describe just how many digital interruptions teenagers face today, and how the constant need to multi-task is affecting their […]

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Don’t abandon your ambition–redefine it.

Does being an ambitious student mean you have to make yourself miserable to achieve your goals?  I don’t think it does, and neither does Cal Newport. Cal’s latest blog post about college admissions argues that ambition is a good thing; if you work hard and stand out, you’ll have more interesting opportunities (colleges, jobs, promotions, etc.).  […]

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Why we don’t like career tests

We often have prospective Collegewise families ask us if we do any career testing as part of our program.  That's an easy one.  No. I understand why they ask.  But if you're looking for college counseling advice based on what a test says your kid's career aptitude is, we're not the right college counselors for […]

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Why our office is full of guidelines

I take a lot of friendly flack for writing guidelines in our office–documents that describe a process and exactly how we do it.  Whether we need to prepare for a new employee's arrival, train essay specialists, or make a good pot of coffee, I've got a guideline for it.  Our guidelines aren't about enforcing standards […]

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How to be a leader without a leadership position

Every high school has students in leadership positions–student council presidents, yearbook committees, and editors of the school papers. But you don't need to have a leadership position to be a leader.  Leaders rally people towards a better future together, and you don't have to be elected to do that. Here are five examples of ways […]

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Avoid this common FAFSA mistake

Any class of 2011 senior who wants to apply for college financial aid should now be completing the FAFSA form, availalbe here.  But here's a common mistake you can easily avoid.  "You" and "Your" refers to the student, not the parent, unless the form specifically says otherwise.  The FAFSA is written with the assumption that […]

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