Hilary Kleese

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College Planning Priorities for Freshmen

Soon-to-be freshmen, we mean you! Tackle your first-year college planning priorities. I can hear you now, “Hang on, I don’t even know how to find my locker yet!” Believe it or not, there are SIMPLE college planning priorities that a freshman student can achieve to prepare for college starting the first day you walk into high school. Keep reading for college planning priorities for freshman year to set yourself up for college planning success. Click here to download our complete…

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Zip it! Three Things I Don’t Want To Hear When I Screw Up

I’m pretty sure that the same things I don’t want to hear when I screw up are the very things you hate hearing, too. Like me, you’re human. Humans screw up. That’s what we do sometimes. Yes, that means you. You mess up. So do your kids. I’m talking mainly about those times when I know I’ve screwed up, and I’m admitting it to you. In that moment where I’m at the peak of vulnerability, I’m already down. No additional…

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College Campus Visits Student Perspective

For spring break, our high-school junior son, Joe, and I visited five campuses in three cities. It was planes, trains & automobiles, with a dash of Uber. Here’s Joe’s firsthand take on our college campus visits! For photos and video, check out @oncampuscollegeplanning on Instagram. What was the best part of your college campus visits? Joe: Definitely talking to students. It takes some guts to approach a college student when you’re a high school student. But once you do it…

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The Rocky Road Still Gets You There

During my son Jack’s junior year of high school, the two of us took a trip to visit colleges. While we were in Boston, we walked the Freedom Trail, which is really great. I highly recommend it. What I don’t recommend is coming to the end of the trail at night, in the dark, miles from your hotel. And then both our phones died. And then it started raining. And then it started pouring. I suggested a cab. Jack insisted…

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What’s the deal with the state-mandated ACT exam on February 20?

Here at OnCampus College Planning, we’ve received a number of questions about the state-mandated ACT Exam for public high school juniors in Wisconsin, which will take place on February 20, 2019. Here’s what you need to know. How do I register for the state-mandated ACT exam on February 20? As a parent, you don’t need to do a thing. Unlike all other ACT exam dates, for which you or your student must register online by yourself, the school facilitates registration…

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