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The University of Chicago has been know for some of the most creative, thought-provoking application essay prompts. If you will be a high school senior in the Class of 2015, you can sneak a peek at the questions that will be in your application. 2014-15 Essay Questions: Essay Option 1.What’s so odd about odd numbers? […]

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Where to find summer coding camps for Teens

June 2, 2014

I am particularly concerned about girls in STEM. Over the years, there’s been a significant drop in females graduates in computer science for example. According to the girlswhocode.com website, women represent only 12% of computer science graduates versus 37% in 1984. What happened?? For me personally, I started out in the STEM area as a […]

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What does “College Fit” mean?

May 5, 2014

During a recent talk to high schools, Peter V. Johnson, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia University stated elegantly: “We do not admit statistics to an institution. We admit people to an educational community.” His statement defines college fit which we have been hearing more and more about these days. Student perspective on College Fit […]

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ParentSpeak: What Military parents need to know for their college-bound teen

February 27, 2013

By Bernadette Andrews of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Our daughter completed her first semester at NYU. Hallelujah! After breathing a sigh of relief for the way things have worked out, I’m reminded of Oprah’s famous line, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” The preparation began very early on– we stressed her capabilities and […]

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 3 – The SAT Subject Test

February 20, 2013

As mentioned in the first post of this series, College Board develops the AP curriculum. Here are the 34 Advanced Placement courses available in high schools across the country:    Art History Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Lang and Culture Comp Science A English Lang and Composition English Lit and Composition Envir Science […]

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 2

February 13, 2013

This posting is the second of a three part series on What parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP). . . but didn’t know to ask! In last week’s posting, we addressed the #3 Most common response about AP. Now, for this week, we provide 2 tips to address the #2 Most common response […]

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 1

February 6, 2013

This posting is the first of a three part series on What parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP). . . but didn’t know to ask! I get a lot of questions about Advanced Placement (AP) from parents. This posting brings together my top 3 most common responses about AP. They are written as […]

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Jan ’13 Newsletter: Summer and Stress in High School

January 31, 2013

It’s January so that means it’s time to start planning for the summer. Last spring, I spoke to parents about the importance of summer for both academic and personal growth. That is still true for this coming summer! Read more about summer for college-bound students. This issue and each issue through June will feature a […]

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When is the “optional” college application essay not required?

December 30, 2012

Many college applications such as Emory University will include questions described as “optional.” Emory’s Optional Essay: Please write exactly five sentences that best describe you. Does this really mean that you can skip this question? Yes and No Yes. If you skip this optional question then it will save you that extra hour that you may […]

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