AP Exam Scores: To Report Or Not To Report?

High school students everywhere received their AP exam scores last week. Some were undoubtedly received with elation, while others may have caused a few tears. It’s a no-brainer that you’ll report scores you’re proud of to the schools you’re applying to. On the other hand, if you aren’t proud of a score or accidentally flubbed…

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The Scoop On Rolling Admission (And How To Use It To Your Advantage)

The college admissions process is extremely stressful, so it was a massive relief when I opened my very first acceptance letter on a random Tuesday during the fall of senior year. The acceptance came from a rolling admissions school, meaning it accepts applications during a pretty long window, and responds to applications as they are…

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My Roommate & I Can’t Stand Each Other… What Now? 

Whether you chose to room with a best friend, an acquaintance, or you were paired up with a complete stranger, you’ll inevitably face a few issues when you share a small space with someone. Ideally, they’ll be minor roommate problems that you can easily get through, but that’s not always the case. No one wants…

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7 Pieces of Advice for College Move-In Day

Sure, summer is just beginning… but before you know it, it’ll be move-in day. If you’re anything like I was, you’ve already started picking out décor, consulting with your roomie about who is bringing what, and figuring out how to cram all of your belongings into a tiny dorm room – you know, the important…

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12 Books To Read Before Heading Off To College

Some books just manage to stick with you. They have passages, or single lines, that are seared into your mind. You finish the last page with a pang of sadness, and inevitably end up rereading them time and time again. Often, these are the books that help us through times of transition – like the…

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Best High School & College Graduation Gifts

Back in the day, I always tried to leverage my grades for extra spending money. My dad would always respond, “You shouldn’t get rewarded for doing well in school. Good grades and a feeling of accomplishment… those are their own rewards.” Of course, graduation is another story. Graduation is the grand finale – a culmination…

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Use It Or Lose It: How To Prevent “Summer Brain Drain”

It’s one of the worst summertime afflictions – no, not sunburns – and it affects students of all grade levels. The “summer brain drain” occurs when you’ve been out of school for awhile and your brain, well, basically turns into a bowl of mush (and that’s official medical lingo). The most pervasive and troubling symptom…

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Beating The Dreaded Exam Procrastination

We’ve all been there. At the beginning of the semester, you tell yourself that you’re going to do things right. You’re going to stay on top of your reading, take diligent notes for every single chapter, and when exams come around you’ll be so prepared you’ll hardly need to study. Maybe you stuck to your…

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The Best Questions To Ask Your Teacher Before An Exam

Teachers want their students to do well on their tests. Contrary to what it may seem like at times, their end goal is not to trip their students up or make their exam questions overly complicated. In fact ­­– coming from someone now married to a university professor – that is the exact opposite of…

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