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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

I have heard many students worried about the difficulty of this period of time in 11th grade, and how hard it can be to juggle all of the requirements of teachers. I know it’s hard, and I’m here to help you get motivated and keep your eyes on the goal of finding your best college …

Note: This post is a companion post to Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 2). Can anyone actually prove the value of a Gap Year? Probably not, but I wish I had taken a year off between high school and college. I bet that gap year would’ve done wonders for me. Of course, …