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Only you are in charge of your character

You are responsible for and in control of your character. You can work your tail off throughout high school, earn stellar grades and boost your ACT test scores. You can create the ideal balance of Reach, Target and Safety schools and craft a slam-dunk college essay and whiz-bang college application that captures attention of your top-choice colleges. But at the end of the day, there will still be elements of the college applications process that are beyond your control. But…

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The college money talk nobody wants to have but everybody should

Talking about college and money has probably edged out sex and drugs on the list of conversations parents LEAST want to have with their teenager. Maybe it’s because there’s no marketing campaign to go with it. So consider this a start toward that end. Parents, have the conversation with your kids about college and money! Why do families avoid having the college money conversation? Lots of reasons based on my experience with hundreds upon hundreds of college-bound families. First off,…

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Summer ACT Test Prep Plus Two More Keys For College Prep Confidence

It seems I was just enjoying my first brat of the summer on Memorial Day! Now here we are speeding toward July 4th. It’s only a matter of time before school supplies replace garden supplies at Target. What will you have to show for your summer on August 31st? For high school students and families, summer is a key time to prepare for college, especially for students entering their junior year or senior year of high school. School’s out, so…

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Struggling in School? Try Strengthening Your Academic Core

Dear Student between the ages of 12 and 18, You’re a smart kid, but school does not always come easily to you, does it? You do your homework, turn it in on time, raise your hand more than the guy next to you, and you’re like a ninja when it comes to group projects. Bam! Extra credit! But your grades, well, they don’t always line up with your effort, do they? And if we’re being completely honest, sometimes there’s a major disconnect…

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The Question I’m Dying to Ask My Almost 17-Year-Old Self

March 29, 1982 “Tom, when are you the most ‘you’?” The question hangs in the air as I sit silently between my parents on an orange-leather sofa in the office of someone who calls himself a “college planner”. My silence isn’t due to a lack of understanding. I’m just gauging the potential benefits of an honest response with the costs of what quickly could become an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. Just days before my seventeenth birthday, the words I’m about to…

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