I Promise: Your College Acceptances (And Rejections) Do Not Define You

When I first heard about the college bribery scandal that’s dominated headlines the past week or so, I was furious. Well, full transparency, my knee-jerk reaction was to laugh because seriously, Aunt Becky? But then I learned the details about what went on, and I was furious.   I was furious because I remember being…

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6 Tips for Surviving College As An Introvert

 For many college-bound kids, college offers so many things they cannot wait for: thousands of new potential friends, all-night parties, and endless opportunities for socialization. If you’re an introvert, however… all of those things may seem more intimidating than exciting. Starting fresh in a new place is a beautiful opportunity, but it also requires a…

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SAT Crunch Time: The Night Before & Morning Of

For many high schoolers, March 9th is the day. If you’re signed up to take the test this Saturday, it’s crunch time. You’ve already prepared in your own way, whether that’s by doing some practice questions, working with a tutor, studying from a book, or crossing your fingers and deciding to wing it. The big…

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Being Perfect Is Great, But Being Interesting Is Better

Getting into college is hard right now. We all know this. It’s hard enough to maintain a high GPA and dominate your SAT and ACT, and it’s even harder to do these things while staying involved and philanthropic – you know, the things that make a perfect student. Not only do you need to do…

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Realistic Ways To Talk To Your Teen About Drinking

Ask a group of parents what they worry about most when it comes to raising teenagers, and many of them will rank drinking and drug use near the top of their list. Most of us have heard (or even witnessed) horror stories about underage drinking, and naturally want to protect teenagers from making potentially life-altering…

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How To Learn In Big College Classes

Adjusting to big class sizes in college can be a huge learning curve for college freshmen. Going from 20 to 30 students per class in high school to suddenly being one of 200 in a massive lecture hall can trip up even the most focused students. After all… does the teacher even care that you’re…

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Making Real, Long-Lasting Friends in College (And Beyond!)

There are two big public universities in my Midwestern home state, and about 90 percent of graduates from my high school attend one of the two. When I chose to attend a private school in a state five hours away, I realized that I’d lose the security blanket of my high school friendships. In fact,…

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What Parents Can Take Away From The College Application Process

Teens can (obviously) learn a lot about themselves through the college application and admissions process. They have to really start envisioning their future, from what they want to learn to where they want to learn it. They start considering potential careers and even dreaming of things like marriage and family. But guess what? As their…

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