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Senioritis Defined: When is school going to be over??!!!

From Sidney, a Class of 2019 Senior, over a series of text messages: Yep, I’m Squidward banging on the window on when school is over. And, Patrick is my [AP] teachers speaking to the class. In a monotone voice that makes all the seniors bored and sleepy. Also, Squidward is the representation of how seniors …

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Grade Inflation Exposed

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I often listen to students’ and parents’ worries about high school grades that are any other letter but an A. The A grade has become synonymous with “smart”, “the key to college acceptances” and “bragging rights”.  But, in the quest to “achieve”, often the confidence in knowing oneself and one’s strengths, so as to boldly …

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Senior Year Warnings

“When reward is at its pinnacle, risk is near at hand.”   – John Bogle, legendary investor and founder of the Vanguard Group  Although written for investors, John Bogle’s sage advice is apropos for the next stage of The College Admissions Process during the senior year. Being exhausted from drafting college essays in order to …

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ARGGHHH…#$%@^ Sickness

The days of Calvin-esque thinking are gone. Now, to miss school and recover from illness is more trouble than worthwhile.  Missing assignments means hours of make-up work on top of already multi-hour nightly homework sessions, and missing tests is a complex, logistical hassle to coordinate already busy teacher’s, kid’s and parent’s carpool schedules to find time …

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Ever Wonder Why The Dollars in Your Pocket Are Less?

Wonder no longer… Related Posts“Test Optional” Doesn’t Mean “Less Than” More About Waiting for College Admissions Decisions: Is The Glass Half Empty or Half Full? Guest Post: Parent to Parent Advice about College Applications B.A. in Common Sense Student Loan Repayments May Cost More Than The Amount Borrowed

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Preparing for Your First College Admissions Interview

Going to your first college admissions interview can be pretty nerve-wracking if you don’t know what know expect. In the following podcast, admissions interview veteran, David Alcalay, shares his first college admissions interview experience, and some tips on how to prepare: Related PostsGrade Inflation is present and its effects may be more damaging then you think …

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The Perils of Scholarships

To many parents, winning scholarships both rewards academic excellence and various leadership achievements, while subsidizing the total costs of college. Even though many high school seniors also desire the benefits of scholarships, many scholarships remain un-awarded. Understanding the timing of scholarship deadlines may explain why action doesn’t follow good intentions. Related PostsWhere is the “Middle” …

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From Reluctance, Blossoms an Impassioned Papa

All of the things I thought I would become, a father was never one. My marriage having failed in my early thirties, only helped to solidify the idea that fatherhood was for everyone else, but me. The last thing the world needed was for me to be in a position of influencing a member of …

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The Human Element of Learning

In the relationship between the student and the teacher, when the personalities are in sync, then you know it.  A conflict–temporary or more on-going–can skew learning and create longer lasting consequences than just the school year.  Understanding any conflict, objectively, takes some effort on the teenager’s, parent’s and teacher’s parts.    What’s a general complaint? …

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College Selection and Financial Aid in the Era of Rising College Tuition: Part One

This is the first in a series of Podcasts dedicated to the complex topic of financial aid as it relates to college selection, with its focus on seeking the greatest return on one’s investment in a college education during an era of rising college costs. We hope you enjoy our thoughts and as always, feel …