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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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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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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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Shopping for Pants with Gary Anderson: Why Fit Is the Only Thing That Matters

On a Tuesday morning just before he skipped town for Corvallis and the Oregon State job, Gary Anderson stopped at West Towne Mall to buy a pair of pants. I spotted him in the back racks of Eddie Bauer, where we were both hunting for a good deal on some wrinkle-free khakis. Surprisingly, he didn’t have a speck of UW apparel on his back. Out of respect for his time, I chose not to engage him in chit chat. But…

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Better College Searches Online and Offline: Tips for Effective Research on Colleges

When it comes to researching colleges online, a word of caution. Much of what you find when you start typing words into Google is going to be junk, which isn’t exactly news to you. Instead of Googling “best colleges for future doctors” or “occupational therapy majors” start with the best resources for information on colleges. These are the tools I use for my first-step, basic research. Some are better than others for specific search functions, so plug in some criteria…

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