My final month of daily blogging starts today

It was almost a year ago that I announced this tenth year of daily blogging would be my last. October 12, 2019 will be my final post. And with just 31 days until then, I’ve been thinking a lot about the best way to say goodbye to my readers and to my little blog. Many […]

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Join us for a free Common App webinar

This Thursday, Collegewise will be releasing our annual “Common App Guide,” a free resource that walks an applicant line-by-line through the Common Application with detailed advice from our expert college counselors along the way. And we’ll be celebrating the release with a free webinar: How to Make Your Common App a Lot Less Common Thursday, September […]

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The college “why?”

College applicants, as you’re finalizing your college lists and brainstorming your essays and organizing your list of application to-do’s, here’s a question you may not have considered. Why are you going to college? I’m not suggesting that you reconsider your path, especially before you even submit applications to give yourself the choice to attend. But […]

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The right questions to ask

Over the last 20 years at Collegewise, I’ve watched thousands of teenagers progress through our programs. I’ve observed nearly 200 colleagues who made their mark working here. I can look back on my own career development and that of my friends and family. I’ve read and thought about education, the point of both high school […]

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Need some happiness instruction?

The rates of anxiety and depression among teenagers have reached alarming levels. And while there’s a difference between a serious mental illness and a student who’s a little stressed or just has the occasional (and normal) bout with the blues, it seems that many teens—and many adults—might need a little guidance to (re)discover some of […]

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Different or differently?

Sometimes we get to choose what we do. But even when faced with an obligation that’s not our choice, we still get to choose how we do it. It’s rare to experience all of these at once, but if you’re not: Getting something worth doing done… Changing someone or something for the better… Learning, growing, […]

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Great mistakes

Some people don’t get to make mistakes. Pilots, heart surgeons, and skydivers—they need to get it right the first time, and every time after that. Those are not the people you ever want to tell you, “I’m going to try something new that might not work.” But unless you’re facing potentially catastrophic consequences, you might […]

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You are the “if”

Many students, particularly those with their hearts set on attending a college that turns away most of its applicants, are applying an if/then construct to their education and their future. If I get in, then… …all my hard work will have paid off. …I’ll have a wonderful college experience. …I’ll be successful in my career. […]

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Self-motivation

It’s easy to feel motivated when the conditions are perfect, especially when there’s an encouraging outside voice cheering us on. But if you’re willing to bring your best effort only when you like the teacher, coach, boss, etc., you’re putting your motivation in someone else’s hands. And motivation is entirely too powerful an asset to […]

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“I did what I was asked to do”

There’s no shame in doing what you were asked to do. You can do a lot worse than being a compliant worker, colleague, teammate, etc. who can always be counted on to follow instructions. But it’s not a role that’s likely to help you stand out. If the best you bring is simply doing what […]

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