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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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Surprising Sophomore Lessons on the Power of College Campus Visits

Visit college campuses often. And visit early. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 1000 times. Freshmen and sophomores? Do you think it’s too early to visit college campuses? Surprise! It’s not! But don’t take our word for it. Minnesota sophomore Claire Ficek can tell you all about the benefit of visiting college campuses early. Even before Claire decided to spend her sophomore spring break touring college campuses with her family, we knew she was smart. Claire lives in…

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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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