You Have Submitted Your Applications, Now What?

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision. Even after you have been accepted to college, be sure to avoid senioritis. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your midyear report, which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first ...

Striking The Right Chord: How To Prepare For The Music Audition

While most high school seniors have completed their applications, those who plan to study music in college (or apply for music scholarships) have the additional commitment of preparing for college music auditions. Try performing in front of friends, family, and other community members to gain performance experience prior to the audition. To get further insight into the audition process, we spoke ...

Choosing a Major

How are today’s college students choosing majors? While many students choose a major to prepare for a specific career, others enter college interested in exploring disciplines that excite them without regard to job prospects. For many students, selecting the right major is a process of discovery. The Career Driven Student Conventional wisdom suggests that students are more likely to achieve ...

Ten Unique Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

It’s that time of the year again, when we’re all trying to find the perfect gifts for the special people in our lives. Sometimes the hardest part is coming up with ideas. I consulted with Gail Ockerbloom, owner of Studio on the Common in Winchester, who doesn’t just sell gifts, she and her staff offer inspiration: describe your special person and they will come up with several reasonably priced ...

Holiday Gift Ideas: Books

If you need a gift idea, check out these suggestions for books: Our friends at Wellesley Books offer suggestions in a range of genres: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram Darius just doesn't fit.  He's half Persian, but knows more Klingon than Farsi and is more comfortable with Hobbit social cues than Persian.  So, Darius fears the worst when his parents announce a trip to Iran to visit ...

Alert: Summer Program Deadlines

It may seem very early to plan your summer activities, but that depends on what you are interested in doing. Be aware that some popular summer programs have very early deadlines and interviews for coveted positions begin as early as January. Here are some ideas to consider: Apply for A Summer Job. Work experience helps students learn responsibility, how to collaborate with others and manage ...

Your PSAT Scores Are In, Now What?

High school juniors (and some sophomores) took the College Board’s PSAT in October. Scores of this Preliminary SAT will be released shortly: around December 3rd to educators and December 10th to students. So what do these scores mean and what should you do about them? Now that your PSAT scores are in, use these tips to plan your next move. How to interpret your PSAT ...

College Decisions: Be Proud of Yourself, But Be Gracious Too!

At 5 p.m. on December 15th, Tim logs into the account that he created when he applied to Elite College just as he was instructed to do. He has been waiting for this moment for a long time, and he fervently hopes he will be admitted. The decision is there–and the first word he reads is Congratulations. Tim is in. He posts to social media: I did it. I am going to Elite College next year! Across ...

Managing Anxiety

Anxiety continues to rise among both high school and college students. A study of adolescents that has been conducted since 1938 finds there are five times as many teens with anxiety as those the same age who were studied during the Great Depression—an era when families struggled to put food on the table. In a time of relative affluence and high standards of living, what is going on and what ...

Researching Colleges in Four Steps

Even as the seniors begin the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. Winter and spring breaks and the summer before senior year are great times to visit colleges. However, before you sign up for a whirlwind, five-day, ten-campus tour, it is important to start researching colleges even before you book your plane tickets and plan ...
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