May 20

Is Your Child Addicted To Video Games?

Are you concerned that your child may be addicted to video games?

“It’s certainly common to hear parents complain that their children are ‘addicted’ to video games. Some researchers even claim that these games are comparable to illegal drugs in terms of their influence on the brain…Click here to read more.

 

 

May 13

Where the 2017 Tony Nominees Went To College

Take a look at this list of alma maters for this year’s Tony Award nominees. Click here. 

May 07

Skipping The College Tour

It’s highly recommended you read this article before you begin visiting colleges.

“It’s challenging to imagine attending a college we haven’t seen yet, so visiting the campus — to take a tour, meet students, get the lay of the land — seems like a prerequisite to making a good decision. But visiting a college is not the same as being a student there, and this distinction matters a lot, because of the many ways in which our imagination misleads us.”   Click here  for more.

Apr 08

Five People Worth Talking To On Your College Visit

Don’t just sit in on the college’s presentation or just take the guided tour!

“Most college visit advice focuses on the immediately practical: Ask the admission office what activities are available to you. Check to see if appointments are needed in advance. Leave plenty of time for parking. Take pictures. Take notes. And above all else, talk to people outside the admission office.

The most obvious candidates are students. No one else can tell you what it’s like to live and study at a particular college, so seize the opportunity. (Don’t know what to ask? Try ‘What surprised you about this place?’ The answer never disappoints.) Beyond students, professors are a close second. But who else?” Click here to read more.

 

Apr 02

5 Questions Asked By a Harvard Admissions Interviewer

”’What have you read recently?’
With this question, Bayor says she would try to determine how intellectually curious and engaged in the world the students were.

“You want someone basically who is already at an adult level in terms of their ability to have a conversation, their ability to have many, many topics that are high level,” she says.

‘What’s the last cultural event you went to’ or ‘What have you done or seen lately?’
Bayor says she would also look for exposure and awareness.’  Read more by clicking here.

Feb 26

ACT Announces New Summer Test Date

“Starting in 2018, ACT will begin offering students the opportunity to take the ACT in the summer.  The first summer test date will take place in July, 2018 increasing the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven.”  Read press release by clicking here.

Feb 19

Nearly 40,000 Apply To Harvard – College Class Of ’21

“Applications for admission to Harvard College rose to nearly 40,000 this year, with a record 39,494 students applying, up 1.2 percent from last year….

Countering a national trend, interest in the humanities has been rising at Harvard. This year, applicants with an interest in the field saw a 3 percent increase from last year’s applicant pool.” Click here to read more.

Feb 11

New 2017-18 Common Application Essay Questions Are Out

The 2017-2018 common application essay prompts are now out. Take a look at them to get a head start.

“Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.” Click here to see the new prompts.

 

 

 

Jan 29

Don’t Fear General Education

“One area that seems most elusive is information about a college’s ‘core curriculum’ or general education program…. Why is information about the general education program so mysterious? Why don’t colleges devote time and energy discussing their core curriculum? I think the answer probably lies in the fact that most prospective students and their parents think about general education courses and core curriculum as required obstacles to get over.”  Click here to read more.

Jan 22

Seize Your Possibilities For Real College Success

This is a very interesting blog to read, as a high school student or as a college student.

“When your attention is focused on getting into college it’s easy to forget about what happens after you’re admitted. The excitement of getting a ‘yes’ easily blots out thoughts of how to be successful once you’re on campus. By all means, enjoy the moment, but when things die down and you’re making your final decision, remember that ‘success’ in college has many facets….

All that is normal, though. It’s part of the transition from the familiar to the unfamiliar; from the security of home and high school to the adventure of being in a new community. You’re expected to make a lot more decisions on your own, and at eighteen, you’re considered an adult. That’s a lot of responsibility to take on all of a sudden. To avoid feeling let down, disappointed, or anxious, go to college assuming that everything will be different from what you expected. Not better or worse, just different….

I’ve noticed over the years that the happiest students in college are those who allow themselves to be open to possibilities, who aren’t afraid to try a course outside their comfort zone or an activity they’d never tried in high school….

As you look through the course catalogue of your chosen institution, don’t ignore offerings in departments outside your major. If you’re a biology major, take an art history or a classics course; if you’re an English major, take a geology or a physics lab. What might really surprise you are the connections you may find between seemingly disparate subjects. How does the language we use influence our sense of history? How have scientific discoveries changed not only our view of the world, but even the way artists portray it? Why do people behave differently in crowds than they do individually? With luck, like Socrates, you’ll see that ‘knowing nothing’ can be the most valuable quality of all.”

Click here to read more.

 

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