Lost arts

I think every high school student would be well served to master these ten skills. How to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eye, and introduce yourself. How to call someone you don’t know and articulately ask a question. How to write a thoughtful, appropriately composed and punctuated email that makes a good first impression. […]

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Another reason to love Wikipedia

Sure, you can't necessarily believe EVERYTHING you read on Wikipedia.  But everyone’s favorite research tool can also be used in the college search.  Wikipedia has great college write-ups that include information on everything from the make-up of the student body to dorm life descriptions and listings of notable alumni.  And really, who wouldn't want to […]

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Free guidance from admissions officers

Few people are doing more to calm the college admissions frenzy than the The Education Conservancy is.  And they give some pretty great advice from admissions officers on how to take control of the college admissions process.  It's worth forwarding on to your friends and to parents who seem far too wound up in the […]

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The backlash against over-parenting

Time Magazine recently ran a cover story about the dangers of over-parenting.  The author presents an argument that hovering less and allowing kids to find their own way actually produces happier kids…and happier parents.  And there is some pretty compelling evidence supporting the method of "letting them grow by letting go." We've watched over 2500 […]

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Safety vs. risk

A lot of the best ways to get into college today are counterintuitive.  What feels safe is risky.  And what feels risky is often the surest way to get in. The riskiest way to write a college essay is to try and write what you think the admissions committee wants to hear.  You'll end up […]

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