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Self Care When Starting College

No one takes a picture of herself sitting in her dorm room crying. Come August, Facebook and Instagram will soon be filled with pictures from freshman orientations, fabulous dorm buddies, newly pledged Greek members, and other activities that make college appear to be indeed very much like 22 Jump Street says it is.  College students …

Visiting a College Campus

A guest blog by Bill Shain. When should I visit a college? It’s not a bad idea to stop by a campus when you are in the area any time from Ninth Grade on, and take the official tour. However, in terms of the college admission process, your first set of campus visits should occur …

Get To Know Your School’s College Career Counselor

This week, February 5-9, is National School Counselor Week, though few people realize it. This makes sense, because, in general, I find school counselors to be humble individuals.It takes a special type of person to be able to effectively counsel a distressed student or parent, create every student’s schedule, and also write letters of recommendation …

Picking a College That Allows You to Change Ideas

We all change our minds, right? It’s a natural outcome of engaging with the world around us. I used to love mayo and hate spicy mustard. Now, it’s the total reverse. And in college, I changed my major at least 4 times. Don’t get me started on how many ideas — or really they should …

Lack of Sleep is Hurting Your ACT Score

A guest blog by Scott Hardin, Riverside Academic Tutoring Every year I tutor dozens of students trying to boost their SAT and ACT scores to gain acceptance to the college of their dreams.  Many of them, despite strong motivation and consistent effort, are unwittingly hampering their own efforts by not getting enough sleep. In fact …

"Fair" Thee Well: How to Make the Most of a College Fair

Many people think of fall as football season, but I think of it as college fair season. College fairs can be a great way to research colleges you know you are interested in and to meet some schools you haven’t yet considered. But getting the most out of a college fair means going in prepared. …

When Things Get Stressful, Don’t Lose Perspective

For many college-bound students, the spring semester and the summer following it will be their last months living at home as a child with their parents. This marks the beginning of your entrance into adulthood. Many students in the fall semester are focused on completing applications, taking the SAT or ACT, and making good grades …

Dealing with Waitlists and Deferrals

Colleges turn to giving you a Deferral or a Waitlist decision due to some level of uncertainty about your application. Three main uncertainties drive these decisions. 1. Broad Uncertainty The admissions team may not yet knowing enough about their application pool to understand how you compare to their other applicants. This scenario tends to result …

Wait — a Resume? For College?

If you haven’t applied to college recently, you might be surprised to find something there that wasn’t before — a resume. Whereas this used to be something that was developed after college and when on the job hunt, colleges and universities are finding them helpful in making their final decisions. Every Spring, most of my juniors …