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Stuck at Home? How to keep pushing your College Search forward

Visiting multiple campuses helps you make better college choices. Taking the SAT or ACT three times – or at least twice – is recommended to maximize your test scores. The Coronavirus is disrupting both of those key steps in your college search. It will disrupt others as well. So, what can you do right now …

3 Biggest Reasons for a High School Resume

Should I have a resume in High School? Absolutely, but the 3 best reasons for a High School student to have a resume are different from why their parents have one. Professionals tend to consider a resume a highly-polished final product used to land a job.  For a high school student, I prefer a very …

Receive the Gifts

COVID-19 is here to stay. Many young adults are sequestered away from campus for the duration of the semester already, and we are beginning to hear predictions of months, even years of altered societal norms. So, here are my recommendations for those of you late high school and early college students for how to keep …

6 Strategies for Prioritizing Wellness in College Choice

In my last blog, I talked about why recent trends concerning the mental health of teens should be a part of your conversation about postsecondary plans. Of course, you know that placing yourself in an environment that will allow you to thrive socially, physically, spiritually, emotionally, AND academically is the right choice. But, what do …

College Admissions Isn’t Fair – 10 Ways to Level the Playing Field

Only 38% of Americans think the college admissions process is fair, according to a recent survey by the Higher Education Analytics Center. The recent Admissions Scandal (aka Operation Varsity Blues) highlights how Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and dozens of other uber-wealthy people hired Rick Singer to inflate their kids’ test scores and bribe college officials. …

3 Tips For Talking To Your High Schooler About College This Holiday Season

In this season of reflection, holiday, and rest, sometimes families with high school students find it hard to strike the right balance of wanting to talk about what lies ahead (college!) and wanting to give space to each other and take a break from the busy pace of high school. From my years of working …

5 Trends in Personal Wellness To Consider in College Planning

You know the following 5 trends* impacting teens. You feel them as a high school student. Or, you worry about them as a parent. At a recent professional conference I attended, a speaker introduced 5 mental health trends impacting teens’ lives today. Depression, stress and anxiety diagnoses and challenges are on the rise Trauma impacts …

Applying Early: 3 Questions, 3 Answers

In this blog post, we examine early application options. We compare Early Decision to Early Action and explain the pros and cons of these decision plans. What does Early Decision mean? Early Decision is an application plan offered by some colleges in which a student applies during the fall (usually a November 1st or November …

How do I prepare for the PSAT?

The PSAT is offered in schools all over the country in late October. Whether you’re a sophomore or junior, this is a practice test… and that’s good news. You don’t need to prepare for this test like you need to prepare for the “real” SAT and ACT. That said, some preparations would be smart. Below, …

Putting Divorce into Context in Your Applications

After years of working with students, I’ve seen that dealing with divorce as a part of the college process can be challenging for students. While many family separations are amicable or mutually chosen, many others contain feelings of loss, grief, anger and sadness. If you are a student who has faced the challenges presented by …

Should I take the SAT or ACT?

That’s a critical question. And if you’re a high school junior or your child is a junior, now is the time to find out. Fall of 11th grade is the ideal time to learn whether to take the SAT or ACT.  Getting the information you need to make this critical decision now will help you: …

IMPORTANT! 7 Reasons to Submit FAFSA as Soon as Possible

***If you are a senior in high school: October 1st marks a critical pivot point in making college more affordable for your family.*** The FAFSA website goes live on October 1st. Consequently, this is a critical mile marker in the college admissions cycle; you must submit your FAFSA to receive your fair share of the …