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Posted on Sep 18, 2013 - 10:25 AM | 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

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 - 05:00 PM | 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

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 - 08:55 AM | 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

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 - 09:35 AM | 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

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 - 08:45 AM | 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

Posted on Aug 08, 2013 - 09:40 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

A recent study revealed that saving for college is a parent’s second biggest savings investment. Saving for retirement is first. Of course, when you consider that many families dip into their retirement funds to pay for their student’s higher education, the balance tips a little more toward college.   That’s not necessarily the best approach.   Why Parents Are Borrowing From Retirement to Pay for College   Fortunately for their children, most parents intend to pay for some, if not all, of their child’s education. That’s when financial reality ... More




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