Collegewise’s employee handbook is now public

Last month, I released a brand new version of “Life at Collegewise,” our employee handbook. Joining a new company can be a difficult adjustment when you don’t know how things work, you don’t completely understand the culture, and you’re constantly having to ask questions. With nearly 70 fellow Wisers spread out all over the country […]

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How many days are left?

How many days are left before: …you walk out of your favorite class for the last time? …you play your last baseball game, or act in your final high school play, or work your final shift at your part-time job? …you graduate from high school? …you leave for college? And parents, how many days are […]

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The “A” is not the point

Another good share from Challenge Success, this time from Mary Hofstedt, Community Education Director, in her latest piece, “A New Normal.” “Another friend’s son (I’ll call him Alex) attends an elite high school in Silicon Valley. My friend was concerned about Alex’s academic motivation (he is a B student), and wondered why, if he could […]

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Talking to kids about grades

With end-of-year report cards right around the corner, this two-minute video from Denise Pope at Challenge Success shares some great advice on how to talk to your kids about grades. The summary: (1) Focus on effort and learning over performance and grades; (2) let them know that your love for them is not conditional based […]

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A journey, not a race

Before her 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a stress-induced illness, Vicki Abeles was not a filmmaker. But after watching her own middle school-aged children struggle with the anxiety and fatigue that has become so common with kids loaded with academic and extracurricular demands, she began a journey of questioning, researching, and learning that culminated in […]

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Join us for a free event in White Plains, NY

Collegewise is hosting a free event in White Plains, New York, open to students, parents, and counselors. Highly Selective Admissions: Debunking the Myths  Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT White Plains Performing Arts Center 11 City Pl.  White Plains, NY 10601 About the speakers: Arun Ponnusamy is Collegewise’s Chief Academic Officer […]

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“A place where I can…”

Ask many students what they’re looking for in a college, or many applicants why they’ve decided to apply to a particular school, and they’ll recite a list of features and benefits. A strong journalism program, small classes, located in a city, etc. But those expressions miss the importance of connecting your college wish list with […]

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When private scholarships go to 529 plans

The largest chunks of scholarship money available to help students pay for college comes from the federal and state governments, and from the colleges themselves. But students can also apply for “outside” or “private” scholarships offered from private companies, foundations, community organizations, churches and other benefactors. Rather than simply writing a check to the scholarship […]

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Learn from this time

Now that most seniors have sifted through their acceptances and decided where they’ll be attending college next fall, underclassmen have an important opportunity to learn from this time. Sure, you’ve heard and witnessed drama that preceded this time. The relentless focus on college. The throes of application season during the fall. The anguish and the […]

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