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Roughly half of marriages end in divorce. And many teens have parents who never married. Many others are disconnected from their biological parents altogether. So 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 are very hard to find and …

When frustrated by families that do not start their college search early, my good friend likes to say, “Get started early. You’ll thank yourself later.” Of course, he also makes that declaration tongue in cheek. As a parent himself, he understands the challenges of having multiple kids attending different schools, playing different sports, and dragging …

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 …

Did you know there are 2,000+ four-year colleges and universities in the US? It’s not realistic to know them all, much less what makes each one distinctive. How are Miami University and the University of Miami similar to one another… or more importantly, wildly different from one another? And then, who can keep straight that …

Note: This post is a companion post to Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 1). Twenty-two year old Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (University of Oklahoma) will decide soon whether he’ll go pro as a football or baseball player. That’s a huge professional choice forced on him at a young age. I bet …

Note: This is the first post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 2: Do A Critical Review of Your 5 Key Application Components and Part 3: Plan Your Standardized Testing and College Visits. In my years as a school counselor, I witnessed a lot of problems that could have been avoided through …

Each year, January brings a new set of weight loss, home organization, and fitness goals for most Americans. However, if you are a junior in high school, no goal is more important than planning a path to your future! Parents, you are likely focused on this goal of your child’s as well. January represents a …

Guest Post by Isabella Luaces. Isabella is senior at Denison University. Growing up, I used to dream of playing college sports in front of sold out crowds. I was a basketball player, so playing for Tennessee under Pat Summit was my goal. When I got to high school, my athletic aspirations made it difficult to …

In this season of reflection, holiday, and rest, sometimes families with high school students in their ranks 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 …

If you took the PSAT or Pre-ACT this fall, you will have your scores soon—if you do not have them already. Once you have received your score report, what should you do next? If you are a junior in high school here are five steps that we recommend you take now: 1. Take a moment …