14 Things You Need to Know Before Going to College Going to college can be scary and overwhelming. But get ready to enjoy the freedom! We’ve asked parents and students to chime in to write our list of things you need to know before going to college, and here’s what they said.   “College will…

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College Essays We’re Tired Of Reading We know you’ve done some pretty awesome stuff over the past four years. Please get creative when you’re writing about those things. Honestly, when you start tackling the college essays, you should spend most of your time planning out what you’re going to write about. Here’s a list of…

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Building Clout: For When We Mess Up At my high school, we were only allowed to buy homecoming tickets the week before homecoming – they weren’t sold at the door. My date was supposed to buy our tickets, but on Friday night, I found out he’d forgotten them. There’s a point to my story , I promise.…

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Teaching Independence on Independence Day Working with older kids, I have noticed two different kinds: the ones who can do things for themselves… and the ones who can’t. Teaching independence, starting at a young age, helps kids succeed in the future. Teaching independence does not mean you’re a bad parent, who leaves their kids home alone with matches and…

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End Your Internship Like a BOSS When your internship is over, there’s far more to be done than simply cleaning up your desk and walking out. End your internship with gratitude and professional savvy.   Write a THANK YOU NOTE Get old school and use some nice stationary and a nice pen to write a good…

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Why We’re Loving the New ApplyTexas Essay Prompts The new ApplyTexas essay prompts were released a few months ago, and we’ve finally had a chance to start working with our students on them. We have to say – we love the new prompts! The topics give students enough freedom to really set themselves apart from other…

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The Phone: A Socially Acceptable Addiction Recently, I’ve been recovering from a miserable illness that goes by the name of “morning sickness” – a reprehensible misnomer, given the fact that I was bed-ridden morning, afternoon, evening, and night. I don’t wish to perpetuate this “morning” lie, so, I’ll start again… Recently I’ve been suffering from…

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When Standardized Test Prep Courses Don’t Work Standardized test prep courses can be extremely valuable. For students with limited experience taking standardized tests, standardized test prep courses are often necessary. As colleges weigh one straight-A student’s ACT score against another straight-A student’s ACT score, standardized test prep courses can often be the deciding factor. Why…

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3 Surefire Ways to Impress Your Internship Supervisor The best advice I can give student interns is to treat your internship like a job audition. This is the chance for you to show your boss what you’re capable of. Give them a taste of your work, and leave them wanting more. Follow the following three tips and…

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Kids Should Have Work Life Balance Too In the adult world, Work Life Balance is a real thing that people strive for. But what about our kids? Do they not deserve that same luxury?     I am all about encouraging my students to explore their interests and passions, but at some point we have to…

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