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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“I’ll do it”

"I'll do it" is a powerful phrase.  It's the opposite of "I'm too busy," or "That's not my job."  Unless you're responding to someone asking, "Who wants to light things on FIRE?!," then pretty much everybody, from clubs to teams to teachers to colleges, likes the person who quickly says, "I'll do it." Last Friday, […]

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Why we’re not in your reader right now

OK, it looks like we're back; our new posts are now appearing in peoples' readers.  If you're a subscriber, you probably missed a few feeds in the last week, but we've got the posts here for your reading pleasure.  Thanks for your patience.  And thanks to Brian for fixing this for us. I've heard from […]

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Where can the things you do today take you?

One of our Collegewise students from the class of 2005 wrote her essay about how certain she'd been that being a lifeguard on the beach would be the best summer job she could get…but that she couldn't have been more wrong.  Turns out that the beach she was assigned to had no waves or currents, […]

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