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The Post Drop-Off Blues

The transition to college looks different this year for many families with some students learning remotely from home and others heading to campus. If you are among those parents who brought students to a college campus, you may be worried about their safety given Covid-19, and also just missing them.  Inevitably, some moms and dads shed a few tears while saying goodbye to their college matriculant—or on the long drive home. 

Some parents are surprised at the depth of the sadness…

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Top Five Experiences For Getting The Most From College

 

Although college this fall might look different than you anticipated, you will still have the opportunity to engage in a variety of ways whether you are learning remotely or on campus. You spent so much time thinking about applying, so now it’s time to think about what you will do now that you’re a college freshman.

Here are five essential experiences you’ll want to pursue:

1. Join An Activity. Did you know that the number one initiative a student can take to …

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Five Things Every College Should Teach

Our world is shrinking. Cell phones and internet access in Sub-Saharan Africa have revolutionized that part of the world, expanding development opportunities and education. American corporations continue to open branches all over the globe. Outsourcing is no longer reserved for call centers; it’s increasingly common for professional functions from engineering to marketing. Such shifts make it very unlikely that today’s college students will work in one place from …

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Five Tasks to Master Before You Leave for College

Congratulations to soon-to-be or recent graduates!  Now is a good time to take stock of how prepared you are for the independence of college living—and what you might need to shore up before you pack up at the end of August.

Here are five things you need to know before you go to college:

Manage Money

1. Some college students may open a bank account on or near campus, and others continue to use their account electronically. If you don’t know how to create a budget, monitor spending or …

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Do’s & Don’ts: Choosing an Essay Topic

Essay writing season is underway at Educational Advocates. We are meeting with students to brainstorm topics and guide them as they begin to free write. While almost any topic written effectively can work, some topics are better than others and a few should be avoided. The key to a successful essay is to convey a quality or characteristic about yourself that will not be obvious to the admissions officers as they read the rest of your application. Then tell a story that brings that…

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College Cost: Seeking Merit Scholarships

The current state of the economy has left many college-bound students and their families more concerned about how they will pay for college. The good news is that, in addition to need-based aid (determined by family income and assets), our clients collectively received over $1.6 million in merit scholarships this year for college or graduate school.  In a previous article, we discussed developing a college list with financial considerations in mind. Here we further explain

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News, Changes, Advice For College Admission

This is a time of uncertainty which can be difficult. It is only human to want to know what lies ahead. Keep in mind, however, that all high school students are in the same position as you. There have been many changes impacting college admissions and higher education and we will be guiding you through all these changes. Here is a summary of recent developments with resources to help you manage it all. Be sure to contact us with any questions.

Standardized Testing Postponed. As you

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High School Senior FAQs

Between now and May 1 (or June 1 for colleges who have extended), high school seniors are trying to decide among their many college acceptances. Here is a list of frequently asked questions from college-bound seniors that may help you as you think about your college options.

Q: I was accepted into my second choice college at my favorite university. Should I matriculate and try to transfer into my college of choice once I am an enrolled student or is this too risky?

The first step is…

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The May SAT has been cancelled; April ACT Moved To June 13

I hope you and your family are healthy and the current situation has not caused hardship for you. Try to remain calm about disruptions such as the test cancellations. As frustrating as this is, remember that colleges will be understanding about this unusual situation. It will all work out.

Here are steps to take between now and June:

  1. Register for the June SAT, or the July ACT just to be safe. Do this ASAP as sites will fill.
  2. Connect your College Board account with Khan Academy, which

To AP Or Not To AP? Answers To Commonly-Asked Questions

One of the most commonly asked questions in our practice is: “Does it matter if I take AP courses or not?” The answer depends on what courses are the right fit for the individual student, and what the student’s aspirations are.

Will I Be Able To Handle The Work?

The first, and, what might seem like an obvious consideration, is whether the student can handle the course work in an AP class. If a student is working hard and feeling stressed with schoolwork or routinely staying up to the …

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