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Mind the Gap

Malia Obama recently became a famous representative of a Millennial trend, The Gap Year.  Defined as a “year-off” between high school and starting college, most “Gap Year-ians” aren’t just loafing around, playing video games and drinking Bobo teas all day.  For a generation raised on scheduled play-dates, year-round athletics, and regimented community service activities, the …

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The Inventors Dilemma

A fun excerpt: dedicated to all the curious and hands-on students who tend to create certain “stress” for their parents, and generally, the adult population around them. Did you know?  As a child, [Thomas] Edison’s home laboratory often produced explosions that shook the house and upset his father. The hard work it took to make …

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Advice for Parents: Thinking about Alternatives to College

The expectation of college, as the next step after high school, is a lifetime of effort.  To stop and consider an alternative is complicated.   Julie Nguyen, CMC’s CFO & Managing Partner, knows the complexities of choosing options other than college.  She offers the following podcast of advice for parents: Related PostsCaution: For Soon-to-Be-Graduated College Students …

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Imagination is Not Just for Kids

“If your boy is a poet, horse manure can only mean flowers to him; which is, of course, what horse manure has always been about.” –Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine Children see the world through their own eyes.  What are we adults doing to nurture their view?  And, where, if anywhere, are we not nurturing?  What can …

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Alternatives to College: “The Road Not Taken” or Emerging Reality?

The good news: There are alternatives to attending college right after high school.   The not so good news:  pursing an alternative path, like a “gap year” community service project, is still “the road not taken” and requires the courage of standing out from one’s peers–both for students and their parents. Related PostsCollege Tuition: Is a …