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Summertime, Summertime…

Summer vacation traditionally meant “lazy days “—time to rest and regroup. Yet, for Gen Z’ers and even the preceeding Millenials, summer has become “organized play” and “scheduled interest investigation”, packed into camps, summer school, club sports, and summer reading assignments. But, today’s kids are no different than us as kids—the people who learned from youthful …

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What Happens When Children Mimic Adults Too Soon

Never has a day dulled, remembering the joy of being a child. Related PostsSAT Adversity Scores Procrastination or Provocation? Not Every College Awards Advanced Placement Credits

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A Goodbye Note That Never Ends

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  About the author: Ashley is a recent graduate from Rocklin High School and leaves home to attend Oregon State University in ten days. Leaving for college is difficult, as any book, article, or adult worth their salt will agree. Despite the fact only four or so months will pass before reuniting, it’s impossible to …

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Email:  America’s Past-Time (Literally)

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The typical teenage inbox … because email is Snapchat’s great-grandmother. Photo credit: Hubbubbaloo Creative, 2017 Related PostsWhen and How Do I Prepare for the SAT and ACT? How Major is a College Major? Avoid the Crowds

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Changes to Common Application Essay Prompts for 2017-18

The Common Application members have changed the prompts for current juniors in the Class of 2018, who will become college applicants in Fall 2017.  The word count remains unchanged at a maximum of 650 words.  Applicants will still be required to only choose one of the seven prompts listed below. The Common Application administrators have …

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Selfish Caring

Not a day goes by, when I don’t hear from a concerned parent that their kid isn’t doing enough community service. The unsaid part of the concern is “not enough for a competitive college admissions resume.” Although community service IS recalled in college applications and can matter in demonstrating the interest and commitment of an …

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Guest Post: How often should you talk to your college student?

A timely post from a mom who knows.  Louise’s two daughters are attending Cornell University and University of California, Berkeley, while she lives in Sacramento, California.  Since her oldest daughter moved to New York, Louise has learned a few lessons about keeping in touch with her kids, while giving them space to grow. Her thoughts …

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What a 99 Year Old Wall Street Trader Knows

Although Irene Bergman intended her advice for Wall Street finance types, her wisdom can apply to anyone in any situation.  Bloomberg News recently highlighted Ms. Bergman for her longevity in a notoriously competitive business, stock trading. We can all learn a lesson, if for no other reason, than Ms. Bergman has the weight of a century …

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As You Commence…

    You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.   – Alan …

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Enjoy Childhood

Preparing for college admissions doesn’t have to begin at conception… Cartoon courtesy of The New Yorker Related PostsOn Writing ACT & SAT Test Prep is Not Like Studying for a Regular Test The Wisdom of Our Parents

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Ahead of the Curve: August 9, 2014

Inspired by CMC Clients: OMG College ESSAYS! College essays are often feared. Topic selection can confound students, who’re under the impression that a traumatic-dramatic-life-altering experience makes a compelling college essay. However, choosing the “perfect” topic is not necessary to begin writing.  Simply start putting words on the page.  Then, students will have some thoughts to edit and …

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Summer Is Not a Time For Slacking Off or Is It?

Parents often wonder how kids can use summers to stay competitive for college admissions, and at the very least, not lose all their academic knowledge from the previous school year. On the other hand, kids are planning how late into the afternoon they’ll be able to sleep, how many Call of Duty levels they’ll be …

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The Chronicles of Procrastination

Bravado When first given an assignment, especially a project due beyond the end of the week, we’re often overly confident that we’ll complete the assignment in stages, so there won’t be a last-minute-panic-tear-streaked-temper-tantrum-tazmanian-devil-whirling-dervish kind of effort in the 24 hours before the deadline. We pridefully chalk up previous “all-nighters”, as “all in the past”, determined …

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Gotta Read ‘Em All

Let the summer reading games begin! In this corner, Whatever Novel that your kid does NOT want to read, but is required to read for Class X! In this corner, Kid + Team Distraction—Instagram, YouTube, XBOX, Hulu, Sleeping In…you get the picture. Additionally, parents may wonder if summer reading is a cruel revenge fantasy of …

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Sometimes You Gotta Go Slow to Go Fast

Parents are often afraid that summer vacation will render their children’s minds into mush. Plus, the indulgence in what can be considered mindless activities, like playing video games, for hours on end is a seeming threat to a kid’s long term college admissions competitiveness. Realistically, most students brains, nor their chances for college admissions, were …