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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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Tips for Getting Started on the Common Application

Before 1975, every college had a separate paper application that needed to be individually hand written or typed and sent via snail mail. The Common Application was introduced that year to provide a single application that could be completed once and sent to all schools.

The Common Application has come a long way since then, and now includes nearly 900 college members’ individual questions and supplemental essay requirements. Among the schools newly accepting the Common

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Unusual College Majors That Might Just Fit You!

Check out this list of off-beat majors. There might be something here you never even imagined you could study in college.

Entertainment Engineering and Design 

Do you love roller coasters? Do you wonder how Aquatica Orlando built its new 60-foot Ray Rush raft ride that ends in a plunge down a waterfall? Do you find yourself sketching ideas for a new Star Wars galaxy attraction? Then maybe a career as a theme park engineer is in your future. University of Nevada

Growth and Structure

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Let Them Be Bored: Making The Most of This Coming Summer

The beginning of June is usually a time when students and families are gearing up for a summer full of activity. Jobs, internships, sports, theater or music camps, volunteering in your community, attending a program in another country or state would normally be sources of anticipation and excitement. But, as we all know, this summer is different. For many students, their intended summer plans have been thrown into chaos by the pandemic that has upturned all of our lives. Along

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Choosing A College: What Really Matters

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.

 

Here are tips to keep in mind as you begin your essay:

  1. What do you want the college to know about you? Each year students tell us they want a clever angle for their college essay. They mention the cousin who wrote
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The Latest And Greatest Reads Available At Wellesley Books

With summer approaching, it is the perfect time to select some books to read on the porch with a tall glass of lemonade. With the volume of homework you manage all year it can be hard to find time to read for pleasure. Remember the joy you get from reading a riveting story and not wanting to put it down? Our friends at Wellesley Books offer recommendations in a range of genres:

Clap When You Land Book Cover

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo  A powerful free verse story of two teens whose lives become unexpectedly

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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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Applying for Testing Accommodations: START EARLY!

Children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or a medical issue that affects their learning, or who currently receive accommodations such as extended time or use of a computer at school, should start thinking early in high school about applying for accommodations for the SAT or ACT. Starting early means 9th or 10th grade.

Case Study: Realizing The Need Late In High School

Consider Joey’s story. He was a hard-working, first-born student in a private school with

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