How to Raise an Adult: fall book tour

I’ve referred to few experts more frequently in the last 18 months than I have Julie-Lythcott Haims, former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford and author of How to Raise an Adult. She recently launched a fall book tour, and if you’re interested, here’s the full schedule of dates and locations. Note that some dates are […]

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Prepare now to file your FAFSA

For students applying to college for the fall of 2019 term, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available on October 1st. And while students have until the following spring to submit the form, according to the experts at savingforcollege.com, those who submit the application within the first three months after it becomes available are […]

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Grade yourself

At the end of every week, month, semester—your choice—give yourself an honest grade based on these metrics. Did you bring your best effort to class? Did you bring your best self to class? Did you try to learn the material (that’s not necessarily the same thing as trying to get an “A”)? Did you participate? […]

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Too early, too late, and just right

When we brainstorm a college essay with a Collegewise student, we always set a deadline for that student to return their first draft to us. Depending on the student and the application deadlines themselves, the average time we give them is 1-2 weeks. But some students are so excited about their topic that they return […]

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School is a dress rehearsal for life

Braden Bell, a teacher and a writer, had been pondering what he’d do differently as his fifth (and final) child began middle school. He detailed his resolutions in a recent Washington Post piece, “To raise independent kids, treat middle school like a dress rehearsal for life.” Much of the insight, particularly this portion, is just […]

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How to use our free Common App guide

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Our Collegewise Guide to the 2018-19 Common Application is here, free to anyone who wants it. I have vivid memories of one full day in July 2011 when Arun and I went line by line through the Common App and considered all the advice we could give for every section. The result was a 64-page […]

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Don’t let fear drive the bus

Fear can sometimes be a healthy emotion. That big upcoming chemistry test, that big game next week, that big dog baring its teeth–fear can put an end to dawdling and move you to immediate action. Studying for that test, practicing your plays, getting the hell away from that dog… You’ve got fear, in part or in […]

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Two big announcements from Collegewise

It’s been an exciting week at Collegewise, and we’ve got two big announcements to share: First, we’ve partnered with Reach Higher, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to inspire every student in the U.S. to complete their education past high school. Founded during her time at the White House, Reach Higher is particularly focused on helping underserved […]

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“How many APs do I need to get into _____?”

Many students searching for the non-existent formula for admission to the most selective colleges will ask how many AP (Advanced Placement) courses they “need to take” to be admitted. But you aren’t likely to find a college that will give a specific answer to that question, because there isn’t one. The University of Virginia explains […]

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Microparenting

I’ve never heard a fellow adult say that what they appreciated most about their boss was how committed he or she was to micromanaging the employee’s every move. Constantly asking for status updates, hovering (sometimes even literally) to ensure the work is done correctly, discouraging initiative and delaying the process by demanding every intended action […]

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