Interviews conducted at their homes?

In the last few weeks, several of our Collegewise students have been invited to attend their college interviews at the interviewers’ homes. Not surprisingly, many families have some reluctance sending their teenager to a stranger’s home. But they also don’t want to do anything that would reflect negatively on the student’s candidacy. It’s certainly not […]

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Are results everything?

It’s easy to justify a lot of behaviors, particularly during the college admissions process, by pointing to one result. Your ACT score went up five points. You earned a 4.0 GPA. You got into the college of your choice. What’s more important than those results? What if those 50 hours of prep cost your family […]

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Acting as if

You probably see roles or opportunities that you wish were available to you. Team captain, shift manager, a valued team member or trusted confidant or even a leader. Whatever the goal, you’ll reach it faster if you start acting as if. How would a team captain behave before they were actually the captain? Here’s what […]

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Like they were in the room

Here’s a quick but effective way to improve the mood, trust, and overall team health of your group—talk about people like they were in the room. Your club, your organization, your counseling office–wherever you and others come together to do work you care about, make the decision to talk about people as if they were […]

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Forthcoming forgiveness

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Students, parents, employees–even the most well-intentioned of us screw up occasionally. And when others are affected, those moments are a perfect opportunity to build your reputation rather than to break it. Yesterday, Basecamp, the project management software used by hundreds of thousands of people, including me and my team at Collegewise, went down for five […]

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Seek the light

When brainstorming a college essay with a Collegewise student, our counselors know when a topic has real potential—the moment a student lights up when telling us about it. That pure, involuntary spark in a student’s face and voice when they tell us all about their favorite class, that one achievement of which they’re most proud, […]

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Incongruity

A student applying to college is trying to communicate: I’m ready and excited for college. I’ll make an impact inside and outside of the classroom. I’m resilient enough to forge through difficulties. I’ll take full advantage of the opportunities available to me. I’ll enjoy learning from and interacting with the faculty. I’m prepared for the independence […]

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Make good bets

We tend to make better decisions if we separate the decision from the outcome. Imagine you’re walking to school. You’re confronted by an aggressive dog, so you move to the other side of the street. A car speeds past you and splashes muddy water all over your clothing. Did you make a bad decision moving […]

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Engagement over selectivity

While the quality of the advice is far better than the quality of the audio, this 20-minute interview with Challenge Success’s Denise Pope, “Why College Engagement Matters More than Selectivity,” is still worth a listen.

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