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Sep
5
2014

The Top Tips to Surviving Your Freshman Year of High School

High school can be a very overwhelming place, especially since you’re the new kid on the block. You’re in a new environment surrounded by new teachers and new students. While high school can be scary, it’s also the start of a new chapter in your life. This year, you don’t have to take admissions tests, look at colleges, or apply for financial aid. It’s the perfect time, though, to start taking the first steps on the path that will take you to your dream school. Here’s a list of what you can do in your freshman year of high school to help you prepare for college:



Aug
25
2014

The Top 5 Tips for Filling out the Common App

 

It’s Common App Time!  On August 1st, the 2014-2015 Common Application went live. The Common Application, also known as the Common App, is a single application for college admissions used by over 500 universities!  Because so many schools participate, the Common App can simplify the admissions process – students can apply to many schools with the same application. Bonus – it is a huge time saver as well! Below are some tips to help you when filling out the common app.



Aug
11
2014

Back to School – get involved outside the classroom and Be Your Future Selfie!

Ah, a new school year will begin very soon! As you go into the new school year feeling refreshed (hopefully!), recharged, and ready to go, you may be thinking about the clubs and organizations you want to become (more) involved in. Now is the perfect time to discover or further develop your passion! Colleges love to see students who are dedicated and involved in activities outside the classroom.  So whether it is a sport, drama club, a volunteer organization, or Biology club – get involved now!  Joining a team, club, or organization is also a great way to gain experience in the areas of study that you are thinking about pursuing in college and beyond. So, as you think about where you want to spend your time outside of the classroom, it’s great to keep in mind where you will take that passion 1 year from now, 5 years from now, 10 years from now! Whether you’ll be in the lab developing a cure for cancer, on stage rocking it out with your band, walking through campus at your dream school, or backpacking around the world, we would love to know what your future looks like! Enter our Be Your Future Selfie contest and show us where you will be in 5 years. You could win a MacBook Air! It’s simple, just snap a selfie and submit your entry here. Good luck with Back to School and discovering your Future Selfie!



Jul
28
2014

College Admissions in the Headlines: The “Is College Worth It?” Edition

Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the college admissions process from media outlets across the country. Starting off…have a good read! And continue having a great summer!



Jul
15
2014

The Top 5 Tips for Picking Your College Major

Off to college in just a month or two? Currently filling out your college applications? One of the questions that students spend a lot of time thinking about as they prepare to go to college is “What will my major be?”  And, it’s a great question! What you study in college and major in will impact not only your time while in college but also what you plan to do post-college.  To make choosing a bit easier, we have narrowed down the top 5 ways to pick the right college major for you!



Jun
30
2014

College Admissions in the Headlines: The Avoid the Summer Brain Drain and Read Edition

Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the college admissions process from media outlets across the country. Starting off…have a good read!

A college admissions counselor at an elite high school asked college admissions deans and high school counselors to send him recommendations of books that are great summer reads for parents, students and everybody else. Check out the unusual list. (The Washington Post)



Jun
23
2014

College Rankings: The other lists to consider!

Yes, academics in college are very important – that is the reason we all go to college, isn’t it?!  But, you will not just be attending classes while at college. You will be living on campus as well.



Jun
9
2014

The Top 10 Ways to Get the Most out of Your College Visits this Summer

Out to discover the college of your dreams this summer?  Whether you are flying out to visit a few schools or taking a cross country road trip to visit colleges around the country, we have the Top 10 things you need to do to make the most of your college visits.



Jun
5
2014

What to Expect Sophomore Year

Congratulations! You survived your first year of high school. You are now a sophomore and as a sophomore you will embark on a new journey come this fall. I like to consider sophomore year as the year of exploration. You are still getting to know your school and learning about the classes you can take, but don’t have to apply to college just yet.  Just because you’re not applying doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about and preparing for college.



Jun
2
2014

The Top Ten Things to Do the Summer Before You Go to college

On your way to college in just a few short months?! You are about to start an amazing journey. While you relax the summer before you start college, here is our list of Top Ten Must Do’s before you trade in your hometown for your college campus.



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