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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Ten not-so-easy college search questions for juniors

Last weekend, I gave our "How to Find the Right Colleges for You" seminar for our Collegewise junior families.  Here are ten questions I recommended our juniors consider while searching for colleges. 1.    Why do you want to go to college? 2.    Do you think you’re ready to go to college? 3.    How do you […]

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Savoring moments of laughter in the college search

From yesterday's "The Choice" blog: "As a parent, it’s so easy to get sucked into what has been described as a gut-wrenching, grueling, ridiculous, harrowing (I could go on and on) process. When I bumped into a friend at the bagel store last week whose son had just decided where he’ll be going to college […]

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Here’s how to be excited for your senior

Our counselor, Allison, received this email today from one of her students who visited–and decided on–her future college over the weekend. "Yeah, my family’s really happy. They all got sweatshirts, and my mom got a tacky sticker for her car."  The school?  Whittier College.  That's what makes this so great. 

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