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{Vlog} HS Seniors - Did You Submit Your Early Application(s)? Don’t Blow It Now

 
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Submitted Your Early Application(s)? Don’t Blow It Now

 

It’s November and by now, one or more (applicable to non-binding programs) early admission applications have been submitted, right?. As you may be aware, many of the universities and colleges your children are considering have inflexible November deadlines. Of course, there are some exceptions and we encourage you to carefully check the admissions websites of the institutions you are considering for the most updated Early Action, Restricted or Single Choice Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines and their respective decision release dates.

If you have already submitted an early application, you may be wondering what should you be doing now? Well, we have you covered! You...

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{Vlog} The Perfect Early Standardized Testing Plan for Freshmen and Sophomores

 
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{Vlog} Parents, Here Is How Social Media Plays A Role In The Future Of Your Child

 
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3 Ways 12th Grade Parents Can Be Awesome

If you have a senior right now, your life is crazy. The year has just started, there may be another round of SATs or ACTs to take and there’s a good chance that your senior has not completed all of their essays.

Am I correct?

Trust me, your senior needs you. Don’t panic, instead…...


Make yourself a resource.

Help your kid to review the essay questions and brainstorm with them. Encourage them to ask  for your opinion. Your memory of their accomplishments is invaluable. You have the kinds of details that they need for colorful anecdotes. Offer your mind and you will be helping them tremendously.


Understand that this is a process.

Essay writing cannot be done overnight....

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The Ultimate High School Sophomore Checklist

High school years are just as stressful for the parent as it is for the teen! Making sure your teen is on the right path to not only excel in their current classes but also be prepared for the long road to college admissions is certainly challenging. But before you or your student get overwhelmed, consider getting organized and setting realistic and tangible goals. You don’t have to grow the mustard tree today, just plant the seed!

It is all about baby steps. Even the smallest tasks can help your child tremendously. The last thing you want to do is wait until their junior or senior year and start scrambling and coming up with a plan. If you procrastinate you lose. Your child loses. Here are 8...

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Your High School Freshman Needs to be Thinking about College

If you think it's too early to talk about the college process with your 9th grader, you're wrong. So much of what they will do in the next few years, inside and outside the classroom, will have a direct impact on where they will be admitted. Now is the time to prepare. I am getting more and more inquiry calls from parents of 8th and 9th graders wanting to know how we work with students and when we can start. Why? Because they know that the college admissions process is getting increasingly complex and they want to be ahead of the game. And rightfully so.

Applying to college is not easy. The more information a family has, the better decisions they will make. I recently had a family of a 9th grader...

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7 Ways for High School Students to Demonstrate Interest in a College

Colleges love to be loved. They crave attention from the RIGHT students at the RIGHT time. Demonstrating interest in one of your top choices can be critical for college acceptances. They, the college, want to know that if they admit a student, that there is a strong likelihood that the student will attend. As high school students start to engage colleges, here are 7 simple and effective ways to do it. Trust me, it works.

  1. “Like” their social media pages

Not as silly and trivial as you think. Colleges “track” their social media just like most people. If a student does not take the time to pop up on a list, how can they really want to go there? “Like” them on...

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Why High School Seniors Need Resumes and How to Make Them Standout

The word “resume” sounds very adult and professional, and it is. Your young adult, who is almost eighteen years of age, needs one in order to show colleges what they do outside of the classroom. They need to list their activities so colleges can see how they spend their time, whether it is participating in the arts, athletics, community service (now called “civic engagement”), or working a part-time job.

Why is a resume important? Well, colleges want to know what your child has to offer them. This list of activities should include their position (i.e. captain, president, volunteer, sales associate, etc.), the time they spent doing the activity (i.e. three hours a...

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When Should My High School Child Start the Essay Process?

Um, yesterday.

There is no better time than the present! Given that seniors SHOULD be writing now, it’s our advice that they get knee deep into the essay process before school starts.

Why?

Well, because writing college essays is hard and should not be taken lightly. A good essay that represents a candidate's character and ability cannot be slapped together overnight. Not if you want it to be effective, anyway.

Several colleges have released their 2018-19 supplemental essay questions. It would behoove you or your child to see if the schools to which they intend to apply are available.

If essays are completed by the end of the summer, the beginning of senior year is much easier in terms of...

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