Avoiding Academic Burnout At The End Of The Semester

I always loved the beginning of the semester. I had a new schedule, new notebooks, and new ideas for staying on my A-game. There’s nothing quite like a blank slate to get you motivated. The end of the semester? Well, that was another story. There were no fresh notebooks or fresh slates. Break was so…

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Help! I Can’t Decide Between Two Schools

You’re in the best predicament possible: You’ve been accepted into two schools that you love equally. Congratulations! However… now you’ve got to actually decide where you’re going to spend the next four years. It’s a daunting situation, considering whatever choice you make will impact your life in so many different ways – and that’s why…

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5 Tips For Teaching Mental Toughness

One of my favorite stories about my father was his reaction when I got accepted into college. The moment was, to put it simply, not how I imagined it. On the actual day I was set to receive either an acceptance or a rejection, my dad was in the hospital battling cancer. He was getting…

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What Exactly Is Academic Coaching? An Interview With A Coach

I had one coach in high school. He was my cross country coach, and he rode his bike behind me on long runs and yelled at me to relax my shoulders and pick up my pace. That’s why, when I first heard the phrase “academic coach,” I pictured someone standing behind me as I nervously…

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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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