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Selfish Caring

Not a day goes by, when I don’t hear from a concerned parent that their kid isn’t doing enough community service. The unsaid part of the concern is “not enough for a competitive college admissions resume.” Although community service IS recalled in college applications and can matter in demonstrating the interest and commitment of an …

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The University of California Unveiled Brand New Application Essay Prompts

In Fall 2016, both freshman and transfer applicants to the University of California (UC) will choose from brand new writing prompts when composing the required personal application statements.  After ten years, the UC has retired their previous two essay prompts. With annually record-breaking numbers of applicants—which increases the selectivity in admissions—admissions officers are seeking a fuller understanding …

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Enjoy Childhood

Preparing for college admissions doesn’t have to begin at conception… Cartoon courtesy of The New Yorker Related PostsSimple Tips For Learning College Selection: It’s an Imperative Early Admissions: “The New Normal” The Admissions Waiting Will Be Over Soon: University of California Response Dates A Travel Guide

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#CommunityServiceMatters

Yes.  The reasons for completing community service matters… Cartoon credit: The New Yorker Magazine Related PostsLiving with Mom & Dad? Denied?!? WHAT THE WHAT?!!!? Risk & Reward Guest Post: Advice about the College Essay from a Graduated Senior to The Class of 2013 The College Freshman Holiday Homecoming

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Ahead of the Curve: February 7, 2014

From Our Clients: SAT and ACT Prep: Each day, I talk with at least one parent concerned that their kid is not doing enough preparation for the SAT or ACT, who asks for advice how to motivate their kid to practice SAT and ACT questions.  For most teens, the intention to prepare for the SAT …

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Ahead of the Curve: October 23, 2013

From the news: Overscheduled Children: How Big a Problem, New York Times October 11, 2013 #PSAT — Students Tweet Amusing Reactions to Standardized Test, Washington Post October 16, 2013 Higher Price Pays Way Into Some College Classes, San Francisco Chronicle October 16, 2013 Army Realigns Reserve Officer Training Program, U.S. Army October 2, 2013 From …

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College Admissions Can Seemingly Provoke More Questions Than Answers

Questions abound when parents and students are moving through the college admissions process, especially when everyone has a story to tell about who got in where and the media reports the falling admit rates at selective universities around the country, as well as annually rising college tuition and increasing average student loan amounts.   A …

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Paying for Childhood: Average Cost of Raising Children

Wondering how your parents were able to raise multiple kids (and none of you felt deprived) on a single income back in the day?  A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates families with children born in 2012 will spend an average of $241,080 in the next 18 years to raise their offspring–NOT …