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A good description of appropriate essay guidance in the era of the Varsity Blues scandal. There are plenty of moral and ethical individuals in this business (I count AdmissionStyles among them!); the “bad apples” are the exception.
washingtonpost.com I'm caught between parents who expect fast results for their money, and the knowledge that the work needs to come from the students themselves.
✅ De-emphasize “first choice” idea
✅Expand notions of acceptable options
✅Identify what is in your control and focus on that
As my sister-in-law told me years ago when Child 1 was applying to college “He will love the school that loves him.”
washingtonpost.com Face it: Your child will probably get a “no.” How will you help them move on?
You don't need to be a Mensa member to apply for this scholarship! Deadline is January 15th.
Less than two months until the application deadline! Please share to spread the word about this scholarship opportunity!
What do you think about those "glam" dorm rooms? Mine (way back in the dark ages) was about as far from glam as you could get!
slate.com Put down that faux-fur pillow.
Spot-on advice from Frank Bruni!
nytimes.com They’re privileged, pivotal years. Navigate them with as much care as you did the path that got you there.
Not with everyone, but more and more I am able to tell students that they can skip the essay part of the ACT or SAT, which makes them very happy!
washingtonpost.com Stanford and Princeton universities are the latest to drop the standardized writing exam.
What a fantastic legacy.
Thank you, Joe May!
loudountimes.com Joe May, founder of Leesburg-based EIT, has long been known for his service, first as a sergeant in the Army and later as a politician representing Loudoun in the Virginia
I love seeing the list of commencement speakers! Here's this year's list of some of the more notable ones. Do you remember yours? (I don't!) I'm looking forward to being at Oberlin graduation and hearing David Sedaris and seeing my son graduate! 👨🎓
Carthage College – Jon Meacham
College of William & Mary – Mark Warner
Dartmouth University – Mindy Kaling
Drew University – John Leguizamo
Drexel University – M. Night Shyamalan
Duke University – Tim Cook
Franklin & Marshall University – Cory Booker
Harvard University – John Lewis
High Point University – Josh Groban
Kent State University – Michael Keaton
Kenyon College – Nate Silver
Liberty University – Jimmy Carter
Loyola Marymount University – Ronan Farrow
MIT – Sheryl Sandberg
NYU – Justin Trudeau
Oberlin College – David Sedaris
Princeton University – Cory Booker
Radford University – Tim Kaine
Rice University – Michael Bloomberg
Springfield College – Anna Quindlen
Tulane University – Jesmyn Ward
UCLA – Mayim Bialik
University of Maryland – Al Gore
University of Pennsylvania – Andrea Mitchell
University of Southern California – Deepak Chopra
University of Virginia – Chris Long
USC Annenberg School – Oprah Winfrey
Virginia Military Institute – Rex Tillerson
Virginia Tech – Ralph Northam
Yale University – Hillary Clinton
I don’t think the optional essay portion will be around much longer - which I am sure will make many students very happy.
princetonreview.blog While over 70% of students taking the SAT and more than 50% taking the ACT opt in to the essay, not even 2% of colleges require an essay score. Students and taxpayers are sending tens of millions …
wsj.com Critical-thinking skills are useful in any profession, and not all classes are obscurantist or politicized.
Colleges leading the way in sustainability and living "green"
sierraclub.org These schools are ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability.
Because we all know that it’s really all about the food....😋
tastingtable.com Here's where to find the best college town food in all 50 states, whether you're off to school, visiting as an alum or just looking for a delicious road trip.
A good summary of how financial aid works - for better or worse.
washingtonpost.com It's financial aid time. Here's what you need to know.
I have received many joyful texts and emails this week, but also a few containing disappointing news. This article is a good one for parents and students who may not have gotten the happy news they were hoping for.
huffingtonpost.com I can viscerally remember the excitement leading up to Christmas day as a child. My wish list to Santa would be drawn up and refined well before t...
Great news for students at Virginia Tech, JMU, and other schools along I-81 corridor.
virginia.ourcommunitynow.com Virginia Breeze, -a new bus route between Washington D.C. and Blacksburg, is set to begin providing service on December 1.
My big take-away is how big my Costco bill is before break :)
psychologytoday.com What to expect when college kids come home for break
Students get plenty of advice about picking a major. It turns out, though, that most of it is from family and friends, according to a September Gallup survey. Only 11 percent had sought guidance from a high school counselor, and 28 percent from a college adviser. And most didn’t think that the advice was especially helpful. Maybe it’s because much of the conventional thinking about majors is wrong.
nytimes.com Not all philosophy majors wind up as baristas, and not all engineers get rich. Here’s what you need to know before making this big decision.
Don't be these guys! EA/ED deadlines (many of them) are tomorrow! And have a Happy Halloween :)
"“When the professor got the homework back, it was written in a completely different [voice]. It was clear the mother had done the assignment,”
I've seen an uptick in this with college admission essays as well. How do they not see that they are doing their kids a disservice with all of their "help"?
nypost.com Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has always been ahead of her time. As first lady, she brought unprecedented glamour to the White House, setting the standard for modern political spouses. In the fashion …
So, what's the solution? I think getting involved in something right off the bat - clubs, sports, pre-orientation event - can establish some friendships and help stave off the loneliness and isolation that so many students feel. What do you think?
nytimes.com Op-Ed ColumnistThe Real Campus ScourgeSHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2xFDPVXShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelBen WisemanSeptember 2, 2017Frank BruniAcross the country, college freshmen are settling into...
nytimes.com NonfictionDon’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You.SHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2vRFqJlShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelJennifer HeuerBy TIMOTHY AUBRYAugust 21, 2017YOU CAN DO ANYTHI...
Make it a great year!
nytimes.com The transition to college can be an opportunity for growth for parents as well as students.
weforum.org The Princeton Review has ranked the top schools in the United States for making an impact.
AdmissionStyles and Creative College Connections announce a new summer workshop for rising seniors who want to get a jump on their college applications!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l_echWxZjiIB84... Get a head start and go back to school with much of the work of applying to colleges completed. Hannah Serota of Creative College Connections and Lee Styles of AdmissionStyles College Counseling are joining forces to hold a workshop on August 12th to help you on your way. We will provide an ...
Sometimes it takes a second try to make things right.
collegemagazine.com Will it be easy to transfer schools? Heck no. You might even briefly regret your decision. But will it be worth it in the end? A million times yes.
"Students First" - George Mason is making great strides to improve the student experience! Thanks to Jeannie Brown Leonard for this enlightening and informative blog post.
er.educause.edu By aligning several unique initiatives focused on student success, George Mason University is working to create a coordinated and positive student experience.
I tell my students (and also to those when I do presentations) to mind their manners on social media, but somehow I suspect that they don't believe that the consequences actually ensue. It *does* happen! These kids were smart enough to get into Harvard, but where was their common sense?
thecrimson.com Harvard rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded explicit messages and memes in a Facebook group chat.
I am a person who doesn't really cry at weddings, but never fail to tear up at a graduation. Congrats to all in the Class of 2017! 🎉👨🎓👩🎓
nbcnews.com NBC Nightly News takes a look at some of the best moments from this year’s commencement ceremonies across the country.
These are so creative! Congrats to all the new grads.
We are excited to see what’s next for you. Check out some of our Prime Student creative cap submissions!
Not everyone is going to college a quick drive away. Some good advice here to those going further to plan ahead (looking at you, future Bruin!) And when it comes to summer storage, if you decide on a storage unit, make sure it's climate controlled; trust me (don't ask!! 🐭)
grownandflown.com If your teen picked a school far away, flying to college may be the best option to get there. Before you book your ticket, read these 11 tips.
"We may live in the hood, but the hood doesn't live in us". What great determination and attitude.
INSPIRING AMERICA: "We may live in the hood -- but the hood doesn't live in us … I envision the unlimited places my children can go."
This Compton student has overcome daunting challenges and worked his way to success -- and is now heading to Oxford as a prestigious Rhodes scholar.
A dreary day on Tuesday, brightened by a fabulous info session and tour at the University of Denver.
[05/06/17] Breaking news, courtesy of my colleague Nancy Griesemer. Very good news for those who are just not fans of SAT or ACT 🎓
Kids, don't try this at your school.
On this first day of AP testing....
npr.org Nearly 3 million students take their Advanced Placement exams in the coming weeks. There's very little independent research on the benefits of these courses.
Yay for my home state!
distractify.com It comes with a pretty genius catch.
As a young man I applied to be a Rhodes Scholar twice and was turned down both times. Just think how different my life would have been if I'd been accepted. I'm sure I never would have become an astronaut much less walked on the moon. Sometimes your greatest disappointments or failures lead to your greatest success. So just remember, failure is always an option. #NoDreamIsTooHigh
A long, but excellent read on college waitlists.
From the article, some "tough love" but what I try to stress to students:
"To me, most students would be much better off taking the time to embrace the school they have paid a deposit to attend—
Start wearing the school sweatshirt, start filling out all the stuff that the schools send, gets on the entering class page etc.
Start imaging a great life ahead instead of focusing on what will likely not happen."
onlyconnectparke.blogspot.com Colleges and Universities: Are college waiting lists really not ranked? How do admissions officers choose from the list? What follows...
wsj.com As college decisions arrive at the end of March, parents help most when they let children vent, call it “the wrong fit,” and guide them to see their opportunities.
SHUT SMMS DOWN ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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