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The Junior Dilemma

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Right about now, junior parents’ anxieties about college applications begin rising.  Thus, they begin asking, imploring, nagging, begging, commanding their 16 or 17 year old teenager to discuss the details of their college plans.  However, juniors may resist their parents’ attempts to initiate conversation about their futures—mostly demonstrated by not applying for summer programs, not …

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Only 2.43% Made the Cut

By definition, “highly selective college admissions” means more applicants denied than accepted. Harvard’s admissions results put the exclamation mark on the above statement. 98% or 40,003 people, a combination of “36,119 regular decision applicants, plus the 4,882 students deferred in the early action process” were denied admissions for Fall 2018. And, before assuming that applying Early …

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College Admissions Decisions: The Troll Underneath the Bridge or The Gateway to Oz

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As college admissions decisions are delivered to email and postal mail boxes all over the world, the decisions can seem to either validate or condemn a lifetime’s efforts. However, just as in Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do, where Harvard Professor Michael Sandel hypothesizes a straightforward college acceptance letter, the truth can be more layered: In …

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A River Runs Through It

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The late winter run-off from 12 years of school melting during the latter half of a high school senior year can create an emotional flood. A confluence of Senioritis and waiting for college admissions responses quickly overruns the levees built during a senior’s youth-limited life experience. Seniors decry, “When will I hear from colleges?” or …

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College Acceptances Are Like the Oscars for Seventeen Year Olds

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Receiving a college acceptance letter can feel like a Sally-Field-Oscar-Acceptance-Speech moment.  ;> Cheers to everyone receiving more than one! Related Posts“When You Cheat You Only Hurt Yourself” College Application Advice for Rising Seniors & Their Parents College and The Middle School Years The Many Meanings of “I Don’t Know” “Parent Involvement”: Only for Bake Sales?

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What If’s?

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The What If’s seem more than the I Know’s when applying to college.  While teens are the ones applying to college, parents have their own unique doubts, as they watch from the sidelines while their seniors complete college applications. Work colleagues who often share their opinions about college can further fuel parents’ second-guessing.   But, just …

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Carpe Diem

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From the Business Insider, an interview with Mr. [Jeff] Bezos about choosing “service and adventure” over “ease and comfort”. “Bezos said everyone has two options for creating their “life story.” Either you go for a life of “ease and comfort” or a life of “service and adventure.” Bezos is clear about which is the right …

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In the Midst of College Admissions, Brilliance is Born

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The Daily Academic Dilemma Director: Surya Sundararajan with an assist from Hubbubbaloo Creative Related PostsCollege as a “Financial Decision, not a Rite of Passage” Passion Practiced in the Dorm Room Promoted in the New Yorker “Careers, college majors, financial security…oh, my!” Only 4% the Class of 2012 SAT Takers Scored 2100+ The FAFSA PIN is …

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Early Admissions: “The New Normal”

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In what’s increasingly becoming an “Arms Race” of admissions, more and more students are applying early admissions.  The higher admit rates during early admissions in comparison with the regular decision period seemingly indicates greater chances for admissions.  For the current Class of 2021, 14.5% of Early Action applicants to Harvard were admitted, while during Regular …

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The Dilemma of Every College Applicant

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Do you know what you want?  Well, do ya… Related PostsDenied?!? WHAT THE WHAT?!!!? What I Did for Summer Vacation: College Tours “Study Abroad” May Not Mean What You Think Ahead of the Curve: May 3, 2014 College Admissions Can Seemingly Provoke More Questions Than Answers