Tag: Anxiety

Research + Reflection = A Good College Fit

Originally published March 11, 2020 When developing your list of potential colleges, there is a particular back-and-forth that can guide you to finding the very best fit for you. Whether you hit college campuses on foot during spring break or begin your investigation online, keep in mind that this motion involves two strokes: research and […]

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Stress and Strategies for Balance

If all goes according to plan, high school will be a stressful time for you.  Wait. What? I can count on stress? Yep. Stress is a natural consequence of adjusting to new environments. In addition, stress is the result of operating at the edge of your capacity, whether physically, intellectually, or emotionally. You know the […]

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Senior Year: What to Expect

It is true that junior year grades are paramount, but colleges do consider senior year transcripts. Work hard and continue to prepare, because this fall will be the busiest yet. Colleges want to admit individuals who are committed, engaged, and exuberant participants in life.  Balancing standardized tests, athletic events, activities, jobs, family and friends is […]

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Three Ways to Academically Recover from March Madness

If you are a junior, this is where it gets real (or, arguably, really tough). APs, SATs, exams. Oh my! With the madness of March behind us, what do April and May hold in store for you? For some students, there may be too many things on their schedules although, for others, perhaps not enough. […]

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Teacher Recommendations: Who Are Your People?

In planning your college applications, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by all the moving parts. Your high school grades will be the most important component of your application, as past grades and accomplishments are the best predictors of future success, and colleges are looking for students who will grow and thrive in their classrooms. […]

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Understanding Your PSAT Scores

With any luck, your first reaction to your PSAT scores was to hang up the score report on the refrigerator rather than ball it up in the wastebasket. But either way, you should remember that the PSAT was only practice: good scores won’t get you into college and poor scores won’t keep you out. The […]

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Reinventing Yourself for Freshman Year

One of the exciting things about starting at a new school or beginning a new year is the opportunity to be a new you – a fresh start, a reset, an opportunity to reinvent yourself. The transition from middle school to high school can be one of those classic moments. One of the really cool […]

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College Prep: 3 Tips for Building a Balanced College List

Finding the best college for you begins with self-discovery—getting to know yourself, your interests, your goals, and what’s most important. The following three steps will get you started on building and honing a college list.  1. Know yourself. Intellectual? Nonconformist? Athlete? Writer? Engineer? Which are you? How does knowing the answer help you identify the perfect school […]

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College Cousins: Tulane University or University of Miami

 Why Cousins? Because they are similar in style and, therefore, attract similar styles of students.  Two universities located in southern climes in regions with distinctive styles are Tulane University and the University of Miami. One can’t help but think “ocean and palm trees” when picturing Miami and “French Quarter and good food” when thinking about […]

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College Cousins: CalTech & MIT

Two of our country’s most respected institutions of higher learning are familiarly known to us as CalTech (California Institute of Technology) and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Both, as their names suggest, have a major focus on all things relating to science and technology – although that isn’t to say that students can’t pursue excellent […]

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