The Pioneers Take All the Arrows

Risk takers are often discounted, pooh-poohed and can be actively campaigned against for stepping outside the status quo. Their daring to question what’s accepted challenges our seeming comfort, shining a light on the constant change surrounding us, yet can sometimes go by undetected. Think: Steve Jobs, fired from his own company than rehired to take Apple (and our personal computing…

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Guest Post: Where to Start on the College Essay

Rohan is a current Freshman at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He offers the following essay drafting suggestions, after his experiences last fall writing several dozen college application essays from October through January. ______________________ The best advice I could give is just to start writing, whether that be in the form of a list of main points, one…

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College Selection: It’s an Imperative

College selection.  College selection.  Let me say it one more time…College Selection.  College selection is the foundation of the college application process.  It sounds so basic and simple, that families may not invest as much effort into this step–relying on a few campus visits and a short browse through a website.  Yet, taking the time to investigate will help students…

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‘Tis the Season for College Fairs…

College Fairs are the trade shows of higher education.  100’s of colleges’ admissions officers standing behind long rows of tables, set up in a high school gym and everyone’s got shiny, thick papered brochures with 1000’s of parents and students wandering around, wrinkled maps in hand, waiting in lines for one, maybe two minutes of face time, trying to be…

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More About: To Seek Early Admissions or Not, That is the Question

Admissions rates may be higher for early applicants; however, look closer at the applicants and their qualifications for admissions.  The applicants may be more competitive on test scores, grades, leadership activities and classes, thus a greater fit for the university and therefore more “admissible.” Also, beware of applying Early Decision as a strategy for hedging one’s admissions chances, while holding…

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B.A. in Common Sense

“Common sense can be uncommon.”–Art Baird Every parent knows with certainty their kid is smart.  As Montaigne said, “Everyman has within himself the entire human condition.”  Yet, what does smart mean?  How smart is smart? Is our current generation of budding adults–actually legally an adult–but mere months away from teenager-dome, lacking common sense?  Have we, as a society, prized intellectual…

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Financial Aid Myths: Fact & Fiction

Soccer field sidelines are filled with parents sharing their college expense stories and sometimes “nightmares” that can create misinformation circulating through the community.    Depending on the listening parent’s effort to validate or debunk the information gleaned can determine how useful the shared experience will be in guiding their own children. Here’s a few common myths:

Interest: Another Cost of Borrowing Student Loans

The information above is from the Federal Student Aid website.  What it means is described below: Interest accrues daily on any student loan.  The interest is added to the principal on a quarterly basis, then the next quarter’s interest is calculated based on the new total principal. Students can make payments on the interest and the principal, while in college…

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MAAAAIL CALL: ‘Tis the Season for College Brochures

This time of year glossy, thick papered brochures in big 8.5″ x 11″ envelopes, with personalized letters from colleges in far off places–like North Dakota and Ohio–as well as more known places, like Los Angeles or Seattle, begin arriving by the mailbox full to high school seniors all over the country; not to overlook the daily emails appearing in spam…

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What?!? Colleges Possibly Going Bankrupt?

The changes to higher education and its price in California are partially in response to the recent state funding cuts.   Students (and their families) are being asked to shoulder more of the costs of their education–in the form of increased tuition and fees, parking costs, per campus student activity fees etc.  At the same time, decreased numbers of classes, support…

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Making the Most of Back to School Nights

Making the most of Back to School Night is a tricky proposition–especially for middle and high school parents, who may only spend 10-15 minutes in each of their student’s 6 classrooms–not much time after the teacher completes her/his presentation and 20 other parents are asking questions.   Plus, Back to School Night is usually 2-3 weeks after school starts, so a…

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How Common is the Common Application Essay?

In this podcast, Art Baird and Jill Yoshikawa, our company’s educational experts, generously share their 10-years of experience to help students write competitive college admissions essays within the context of the Common Application.  They define an effective outline for drafting this complex autobiography. For more helpful information, please also read: Storytelling Season is Around the Corner You Can Dish It.…

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