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A Call for Help May Be The Secret To College Success

Why is asking for help so hard? The expectations of college are much different from high school. Students are in class less often and are expected to study independently. There are no parents around reminding them to do their work or get a head start on the paper. This is a particular challenge for students who have relied on tutors, a learning center or other academic resources during high school. ...

The Post Drop-Off Blues

In the past two weeks, eager college freshmen and their parents packed boxes for shipping or loading into the trunk of the car. There was most likely a trip to Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond for dorm essentials, or possibly to REI for pre-orientation wilderness trip gear. Inevitably, moms or dads shed some tears while saying goodbye to their college matriculant—or on the long drive home where they ...

Common Application Pitfalls and Tips

The Common Application, accepted by nearly 800 colleges, launched on August 1st. While the application is pretty straightforward, here are some things to look for as you register and complete it. 1. Keep Track of Your Registration Information. Record your password along with the email address you used at registration time so you can easily access it. You may think you will remember it, but we ...

Feeling Lonely? Five Tips for College Freshmen

As a college freshman, you probably just finished a whirlwind of orientation activities, settled into your room, and perhaps attended a few classes, or drifted to a party with the other students on your hall. You have probably met lots of nice people—but it may not feel the same as it does with your high school friends— maybe it’s not even close. Here are a few points to keep in mind: Give ...
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“Why Them?”: Tackling the “Why Us?” Application Essay

One of the seemingly ubiquitous questions found on college applications is the "Why us?" question. This question can take many different forms, such as "What most influenced you to apply to Vassar College?" or "Please compose an essay that will tell us how you will help the university carry out its mission." At first glance, the answer to this seems as straightforward as Googling the college name ...

Acing The College Admissions Interview

Fall is right around the corner, and that means that some colleges will be holding admissions interviews with prospective applicants. The admissions interview is a place for the admissions representative (or someone else connected to the school) to see another side of you. It is also a chance for you to get an insider's view of the college or to explain an inconsistency in your academic record ...

Revision and Editing: What Makes A College Essay Work?

So you have written a first draft of your college essay, and deep down you know it needs work. However, you are feeling a bit stuck because you find it really embarrassing to write about yourself. Plus, everyone keeps telling you that your essay must be personal, that it needs to SHOW not TELL, and that it needs to be interesting and grammatically correct. You know you need help, but where do you ...
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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: Manage Money. Most college students open a bank account on or near campus and colleges often have a bank representative ...

Beat Summer Boredom: Cool Topics To Explore Online

Has summer boredom set in? Do you need a break from college planning and summer reading? You can now learn about exciting new topics through Khan Academy’s partnership with major cultural and academic institutions. Visit the Museum of Modern Art, explore Pixar in a Box, NASA, Dartmouth, and more by looking here.  Topics include:   The Metropolitan Museum of Art Tate The Museum of ...

Getting Time on Your Side: Tips for Better Time Management

By Kim Stewart, MS CCC-SLP A coffee cup is a coffee cup. You can see it from any angle. It’s undeniable. Time, however, is not this concrete. You can’t see time, and even though a unit of time is quantifiable, it can feel long or short. A minute feels really long when you’re in an interview. A minute is a flash when you’re hanging out with your friends. One of the biggest time management challenges ...
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