The early bird gets the scholarship worms

One of the questions I answered in last week’s Frequently asked college search questions was, I keep hearing that there is a lot of money out there in scholarships. How do we get those? My answer directed readers to past posts sharing the truth about outside scholarships, and five traits that will improve your chances. But I […]

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Good drivers help others drive (better)

Willard Dix is a former admissions officer at Amherst College, a former high school counselor, and an outspoken advocate for more sanity and common sense in the college admissions process. His most recent Forbes piece, 10 Ways To Bond With Your Child’s College Counselor, offers some great advice for parents to help you forge a […]

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Make them great, too

Author Simon Sinek’s recent blog post argues that a great way to find more fulfillment, meaning, and satisfaction in your career (and I would argue in your extracurricular activities) is to help others find the same. “If you want to get a better job, first and foremost, take charge of your own lot. If you […]

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You didn’t have to be there

Unless you’re a parent or student at Colorado Academy, you didn’t have the opportunity to hear their recent guest speaker, Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former dean of freshmen at Stanford and the author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. But thankfully, their generous counseling department […]

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For parents: on setting good examples

Every good parent feels a responsibility to set a good example for their kids. Depending on your values and your worldview, those examples might include: Hard work Fulfilling your responsibilities Treating people right Commitment to your school or church or community Prioritizing family All of those can be effective and laudable examples. But remember that kids also […]

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Frequently asked college search questions

Certain college-related questions pop up nearly every time I speak to a crowd of high school students and parents. Last week, my business partner, Paul, and I shared the stage at a Southern California high school, and every one of those recurring questions came up. Since they’ve proven to be top-of-mind for families going through […]

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Will you stay for the story?

Startups get a lot of attention in the press. The vision, the big ideas, the risk—it makes for good headlines and memorable stories. But a startup isn’t a business. It’s the start of a business. And starting a business isn’t nearly as difficult as executing your idea, keeping your promises, and staying in business. Activities […]

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Don’t let someone hijack your morning mood

According to researcher and author Michelle Gielan, checking email first thing in the morning can ruin your entire day. Psychologically, just one negative email, even if it’s offset by plenty of positive messages, can color your outlook and lead you to report having a bad day even hours later. If you’ve ever started your morning […]

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Trend upwards

Most students and parents have heard the message that the best way to improve your chances of admission to college is to get good grades in challenging courses. But if you’re a freshman, sophomore, or junior who feels like you haven’t necessarily shown colleges what you’re capable of, it’s not too late. Your list of classes and accompanying […]

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