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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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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: …

***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 …

Many American families are comprised of families of blood relation. Many are based on choice – blended families, adoptive families, multi-generational families, and others. Many have also suffered through divorce, loss, or separation. In all families, but particularly in families where members are living apart but working together, it is of utmost importance to a …

Roughly half of marriages end in divorce. And many teens have parents who never married. Many others are disconnected from their biological parents altogether. Heading to college and figuring out financial responsibilities for paying for college in a non-nuclear family is a well-worn path. But that path’s guideposts can be hard to find and read. …

When frustrated by families dragging their feet to start their college search, my good friend likes to say, “Get started early. You’ll thank yourself later.” Despite the wisdom of this declaration, he makes it tongue in cheek. As a parent himself, he understands the challenges of having multiple kids attending different schools, playing different sports, …

Guest post by Isabella Luaces. Isabella is senior at Denison University. For some people, it only takes seconds for them to decide which school is right for them. A lot of my friends at Denison tell me that the minute they stepped on campus, they knew it was the right place for them. To them, …

Note: This is the third post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 1: Three Ways to Help Parents and Teens Communicate and Part 2: Do A Critical Review of Your 5 Key Application Components. In this series, I previously addressed learning to communicate well about the college process, and then reviewing your …

Note: This is the second post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 1: Three Ways to Help Parents and Teens Communicate and Part 3: Plan Your Standardized Testing and College Visits. A basic way to start thinking through how to prepare for college applications involves reviewing each of the main components of …