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Applying to College
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We all know the family that started saving for college when their student was in pre-K. They made sure he took the right AP courses and thought nothing but college, college, college. And then they found out they forgot a few of the other important steps to getting into the college of... More
College Admissions | Comments (1)
In her book I’m Going to College – Not You!, Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions at Kenyon College, has a great line about college admissions: “College admissions turns all of us, no matter how smart or experienced, into stumbling idiots.” That’s because applying to college can be confusing, fast-paced, and stressful. And many people don’t make their best decisions under such duress. The Stress of College Admissions Students face many stressful situations when applying to college, including: · &nbs... More
Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)
It’s a common high-school memory, the student getting help from his guidance counselor in picking out classes and reviewing college choices. It’s almost as common a memory as the one where the guidance counselor provides very little help, has too many students to see and is distracted by student disciplinary problems. Unfortunately, that second scenario is becoming all too common. What Students Say About Their Guidance Counselors According to Public Agenda, 48% of high-school students say their guidance counselor saw them as “just another face in the crowd.&rdqu... More
Career Prep | Comments (0)
The Department of Defense has a novel idea when it comes to keeping recruits from washing out of boot camp: make sure new soldiers belong there in the first place. The DoD thinks all students should take in-depth personality tests. Unfortunately, the Pentagon believes only 15% of high schools offer such tests. Personality tests, of course, not only benefit the Army and Navy, but are good for colleges, employers, and students. Reasons Students Should Take Personality Tests Narrow Your Career Choices. Personality tests help students decide if college, the workfor... More
Career Prep | Comments (0)
Ask high-school students what they want in a job and you’ll get almost as many answers as there are jobs. “Money,” “Respect,” or “Helping others” often top the list. But repeated research reveals that as important as money is to students, it doesn’t determine the careers they pursue. That answer is a bit more surprising. How Students Make Career Choices What is the top factor influencing student career interests? Would you believe parents? Parents. Students take direct and indirect cues from their paren... More
Selecting a College | Comments (0)
Money is an undeniably important part of the American college system. Parents start saving when their children are young, then worry they haven’t saved enough. Students worry about the debt they’re taking on, then spend 15 or 20 years paying it off. Families struggle to look past money when it comes to college, but in the end, it influences the top two reasons students choose the colleges they do. Student Factors In College Selection Cost. Students look at the bottom line: tuition, fees, dormitory expenses (ro... More