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Freshman Year: Remix

Life Skills Schoolwork & Studying

Now that you’ve got the hang of high school, it’s a good time to take stock and tinker with your routine. Educational Counselor Maureen Delaney offers tips for making freshman year even better and setting the stage for future success.

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“College Cousins” has become one of our most popular tools in helping students and families identify that fit that is just right. They are clear, fun, informative, and well-researched, and we're so lucky to have Beth Provinse pull them together for us. Some will be familiar to those who have researched the college landscape: our take on Williams and Amherst gets a lot of interest. Other comparisons highlight hidden surprises.

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Contrary to the old cliché, familiarity with these universities breeds nothing but respect. These two proud universities do our region proud.

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Preparing for College

College Life Skills School Admissions

Many changes are ahead, and one change that is less evident than dorm life is your academic time zone. By zone, I mean your approach to how, when, and what you study

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Preparing (or Not) for the PSAT

Test Prep

This year’s PSAT tests are on October 10 and October 13. The PSAT contains the same sections and types of questions as does the SAT, but it’s just a little shorter. Some junior-year students and parents wonder if it is wise to prepare for the test as fully as they likely will later on for the SAT or ACT.

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Perfect Now

College School Admissions

As counselors, we try to forecast what we can, knowing that there is only so much within our or the student’s control. The rest is left up to fate or the admissions gods or whatever – but not to us.

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On Thoroughness

College School Admissions

College applications take a lot of work. You’ve got to fill out the form in addition to writing essays and getting letters of recommendation. You’ve got to manage deadlines and document your activities. Almost everyone is aware of those requirements, but what’s often overlooked—due to either carelessness, hastiness, or laziness—are the little details.

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Law students have always come from a variety of backgrounds. The typical incoming class has its fair share of political science and history majors, but it also includes scientists, artists, and business experts, among many others. As diverse as their paths to law school might have been, however, these students always had one thing in common: they all took the LSAT. Not so very long ago, every law school in the US required the LSAT for admission, and none accepted anything else.

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Get a head start on your college essay with these common application prompts.

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The statistics on smartphone use and mental health are both compelling and concerning. The time is right to consider your own personal needs and find the best way to stay connected – to both the demands of technology and the people around you.