Fill your intellectual tank

Jal Mehta, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Sarah Fine, head of a teacher preparation program at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego, are the authors of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School. In this recent LA times piece, “How to […]

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What do you do best?

Two of my professional favorites—Adam Grant and Marcus Buckingham—joined forces for this podcast episode about how to identify what you do best, deploy that strength at the right time, and recognize if a weakness is one to ignore or to address.

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May 1st do’s and don’ts for seniors

May 1—the date when many colleges require students who plan on attending to submit their deposit—is right around the corner. And Patrick O’Connor’s recent piece has some great reminders for students, parents, and counselors, especially applicants who have been waitlisted and any families considering depositing at more than one college (please don’t).

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Why I still attend Collegewise orientation

This week, I traveled 2100 miles round trip to spend less than 3 hours in Irvine, California. I do this 4-6 times a year, and every time, it always feels like one of the best uses of travel, time, and energy I could choose to spend. I go for day #1 of Collegewise orientation for […]

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The costs of late-night tweeting

A new study found that NBA players who tweeted between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. the night before a game scored fewer points and pulled down fewer rebounds the following day. The researchers concluded: “…acute sleep deprivation, as measured via late-night Twitter activity, is associated with changes in next-day game performance among professional National Basketball […]

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Do you need a personal brand?

“Personal brand” appears to be the new business buzzword making the rounds (a Google search for the term brings up over 6 million results). Loosely defined, it translates into the practice of intentionally cultivating and curating a persona, image, or impression, ostensibly to drive career success. But the truth is that whether you’re a teen […]

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Got questions?

I’ve got about six months left before I retire the Collegewise blog on its tenth anniversary (here’s the original announcement of that decision). And for the next month or two, I’d like to invite questions from readers. Every week or so, I’ll choose one to answer in the form of a post. The question form is […]

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Choose your own adventure

I don’t know what everyone I went to college with is doing today. But the internet does, at least to some degree. And I’ve noticed some interesting differences when it comes to what the internet finds based on the person I knew. I remember people in college who were always doing something interesting, new, or challenging. […]

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Avoid the crowds

The secret to having a great visit at Disneyland is to go on a day when it’s not crowded. Show up when it’s packed and you’ll spend more time waiting in line than doing anything else. But arrive on a day when Mickey and friends are serving a fraction of their total capacity and you’ll […]

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