A message for the senior class of 2010

If you’re a high school senior, you've likely decided where you're going to college (and you probably won't have much reason to read our blog for long).  So before you go, let me just say–congratulations.  You did it.  I hope you've taken some time to celebrate the fact that you're going to college, wherever is […]

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A reminder for students who are waitlisted

Waitlisted students, even though you've elected to be placed on a waiting list for a college you really want to attend, you still have to officially commit to a school that accepted you, and today is the last day to do it.  Don't forget. And when you officially do commit, allow yourself to be excited.  […]

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College decision day

Tomorrow is May 1, college decision day for seniors.  If you haven't yet signed your name and committed to a school where you'll spend the next four years, tomorrow is the last day to do it.  So…  1.  Remember to send your "Statement of Intent to Register" and your deposit to your chosen college.  And […]

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Inspiration is perishable

I just finished a great business book called "Rework."  And like a lot of business books, it's got plenty of application for high school students, too.  Here's an example. Page 271:  Inspiration is perishable.  "Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk.  It has an expiration date.  If you want to do something, you've got to […]

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The truth about outside scholarships for college

I did a financial aid seminar for our Collegewise families last weekend and talked a little about "outside scholarships,"  which are little-known awards or scholarships from private companies and foundations.  Families are often given the impression that there is a lot of money available from these sources if you're able to find it. But according […]

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Do you have a favorite book?

I don't necessarily think that every student has to love to read.  But I do think every kid—every adult, too, really—should have a favorite book. If you love to read, that's wonderful.  Read like your hair is on fire.  There are few interests that will make you think more analytically, argue more persuasively, and write […]

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