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Buzzword: Delayed Gratification

Your high school years represent more than just classes and homework. Just as important as earning your best grades is reflecting on the kind of person you are now and the kind of person you are becoming. We’ve all seen movie and television tropes about high school: the math nerd, the cocky jock, the mean […]

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The Follow Through

For the first several months of eighth grade, a large amount of your time was devoted to planning for secondary school – getting to and from tutoring sessions, working on getting good grades, taking practice tests, visiting schools, completing applications and writing samples, taking actual tests, interviewing. Finally, you’ve crossed the application finish line and […]

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College Deferral

You know you want to go to college, but you’re not really sure who “you” are yet. One way to launch your undergraduate years with purpose and determination is taking a gap year before college! The idea behind a gap year is all about personal growth—challenging yourself to better understand your values, your goals, and […]

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The Final Summer Before High School

In a few short, well actually, not-so-short months, eighth grade will be behind you, and you will have a full summer ahead of you. Should you binge-watch your favorite shows? Sleep until noon every day? Engage fully in the art of hanging out? While there is some benefit to changing your routine during the summer […]

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The Gap Year Option

One way to launch your undergraduate career with purpose and determination is this: take a gap year! Recent studies show that deferring entrance into college for one year in order to learn outside the classroom and engage the world can have very positive effects on a person. Leadership programs enhance life skills, new language skills […]

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Space Inside & Out

The New Year brings a cold snap – and a chance to evaluate our priorities, set our intentions, develop healthier habits, and approach our lives with greater mindfulness and grace. With new habits, we create new living spaces for ourselves, both inside and out. In our book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of […]

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Striking a Nerve: The Neurobiology of Storytelling

 Many students I work with have voiced frustration with the admissions process. The normal refrain sounds something like this:    “I wish I could just go inside the brains of the people reviewing my college application and make them know me!”   Thanks to recent findings in neuroscience, it turns out that a well-crafted essay can […]

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Preparing for the College Interview

Prepare with practice and research.  Relax and reveal yourself. Remember to express yourself in writing: share your resume and write a thank-you note. The college interview rarely makes or breaks an admission decision, but it can be an important component of your application. Before you even begin to get nervous, however, check to see if […]

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Radical Downtime and the Default Mode Network

“Nothing,” John said, unable to keep a wry smile from creasing the corners of his mouth. It was June of 2014, and I had asked John about his summer plans. Nothing. No soccer camp. No internship. Coding course? Trombone competition?  Service trip? Nope. Nada. Uh-uh. Nothing. With all my zeal for being a non-anxious presence, I […]

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Preparing for the College Interview

Prepare with practice and research. Relax and reveal yourself. Remember to express yourself in writing by sharing your resume and writing a thank you note. The college interview rarely makes or breaks an admission decision, but it can be an important component of your application. Before you even begin to get nervous, however, check to […]

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