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“I Got 99 Problems and Being a Kid Ain’t One…”

Imagine being 16 years old, awake at the crack-of-dawn on a Saturday, sitting in a classroom “listening” to a test proctor who might as well be a sloth, awaiting the start of a three hour and fifty minute test in which the results seemly determine their lifelong success…or abject failure. If only the SAT were …

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Guest Post: Dealing with a Shrinking Ego

Author’s Bio: Ashley is a recent graduate from Rocklin High School and will be attending Oregon State University this Fall. Being a levelheaded student applying to a dozen schools, I knew there were inevitable rejections that would be sent my way. In February, after lots of mental pep talks and indulging in too many hot …

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Email:  America’s Past-Time (Literally)

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The typical teenage inbox … because email is Snapchat’s great-grandmother. Photo credit: Hubbubbaloo Creative, 2017 Related PostsThe Practicality of a College Education University of San Diego Supplement Essay Defined Acceptance Anxieties CA College Freshmen Moving Out of CA: A Shift or Temporary Reaction? “OMG! I Have to Write a Common App Supplement Essay, Too?!? How?”

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“Free” Speech?

Debate, questioning, argument are central to education.  From Aristotle to John Dewey, educational theorists and teachers have long touted the benefits resulting from the meaningful dialogue, including a spectrum of viewpoints.  Yet, given today’s increasingly polarized society, educators, like Dr. John Etchemendy former provost of Stanford University, are making public declarations warning, beseeching students, faculty and …

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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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Adverbial Perils

Very, greatly, really, extremely, strongly, deeply…the adverb can seem genuine and necessary for emphasis in a college essay, yet can actually have the opposite effect of watering down what is described.  Plus, the adverb can be an extraneous word in the precious word count of the college essay.  Yet, teenage college essay writers typically include …

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Leaving the nest

About the Author: Joe is a member of the Creative Marbles Consultancy and the Hubbubbaloo Creative team. He shares his experience transitioning into his first year of college away from home.   Sacramento was my bubble, it was all I really knew.  My life was school, having fun with friends, and large Filipino family functions—a weekly …

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About the June 6, 2015 SAT Error

  First, take a deep breath.  Hearing “error” and “SAT” in the same sentence can create stress. The College Board will NOT ask anyone to retake the SAT, despite a printing error on the June 6, 2015 test.  Here’s what happened, straight from the College Board public announcement: The time allotted for a specific math …

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Homework Blues

Presented for parents who contend daily, sometimes through a full 12 rounds, with their teenagers about their homework assignments:  Published May 13, 2015 Related PostsBack To School…More Complex Than Buying New Notebooks Fall 2012 UC Admissions More Competitive for Freshmen Wrapping Your Arms Around College Costs Guest Post: The Savings for College Challenge, Part 4 – …

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The Work of Innovation

“…the core skill of an innovator is error recovery not failure avoidance.” – Pixar University’s Randy Nelson Innovators simply tweak a relatively ordinary experience to seem new. Think: Howard Shultz, Starbucks CEO, repackaging coffee (a substance humans have been drinking for thousands of years) building a whole new market. Think: Steve Jobs of Apple, building …