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Which Summer Classes Should You Take?

So you’ve taken the plunge! You’re officially enrolled in the summer semester at your local college: now which courses should you take? Continue reading ‘Which Summer Classes Should You Take?’

The School Year is Almost Over. Should You Take Summer Classes?

Though you might not be itching to run back into a classroom, enrolling in a summer class at a local college might just be the best way to spend a healthy chunk of your summer. Over 1.3 million high school students in the U.S. enrolled in college courses last year, and it’s no surprise: immersing yourself in a brand-new environment — college! — will prepare you for the moment you head off on your own journey into higher education. Plus, you’ll end up learning not just the course material but also much about yourself and the world beyond high school. Continue reading ‘The School Year is Almost Over. Should You Take Summer Classes?’

How Can You Tell if Your Child Is Really Being Recruited for University Athletics?

Every year, thousands of excited high school students receive phone calls, letters, and pats on the back from the athletic coaches of their dream colleges.  But only a tiny percentage actually make it to the courts, diamonds, fields, and stadiums of universities, leaving those hopeful high school graduates wondering what went wrong.  Is your child actually being recruited for college sports?  Why do many colleges lead students into thinking they have a prized spot on their athletic team? Continue reading ‘How Can You Tell if Your Child Is Really Being Recruited for University Athletics?’

What Does a Serious College Athletic Recruiting Letter Look Like?

Aspiring college athletes often face the challenge of differentiating between a college’s genuine commitment to the student as a likely candidate for school admission, and just an empty promise from a talent-seeking coach.  The recruiting process can be daunting, but it is a process that, like anything else, can be broken down into smaller steps in order to be more easily managed. Continue reading ‘What Does a Serious College Athletic Recruiting Letter Look Like?’

Changes Coming to the SAT

An important announcement from the president of the College Board:

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Preparing for Private School and College Interviews

Applying to schools can be an extensive process.  While grades, test scores, and personal statements are at the heart of every application, a very important part is the interview. The interview is a prime opportunity for an applicant to highlight his or her interests and display his or her personality. Because we care about your aspirations, we have compiled some handy tips for your admissions interview. Continue reading ‘Preparing for Private School and College Interviews’

Who Really Checks Facebook? A Student’s Guide for Posting on Social Media

Cell phones and the Internet have allowed people to communicate freely like never before. From Facebook to smartphone texting, anyone can spread a thought at the drop of a hat. From Anthony Weiner to Brett Favre, many celebrities and politicians have discovered the hard way that such ease of communication can quickly destroy their reputation. If not careful, it could happen to your student’s reputation, too. There are many traps for upstanding students to fall into, and colleges and employers are increasingly checking online profiles before making decisions. Ensuring your student is responsible online is vital. Having a chat with your student about online behavior, emphasizing the risks and potential consequences, is a must. Continue reading ‘Who Really Checks Facebook? A Student’s Guide for Posting on Social Media’