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How to answer “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Case studies of 4 college-bound teens

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Do teenagers really know what they want to do in life? In short, some of them do and some of them definitely don’t. When I’m guiding my college-bound high school students, it doesn’t matter if they know what they want to be when they grow up. I encourage all my students to consider exploring their interests in the summer.   Case Study 1: “I want to be a medical doctor.” Becoming a medical doctor is more than just majoring in biology. There are different types of doctors. There are many summer options where high school students can learn...

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When is it smarter to write your Common Application essay now or later

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The Common Application has released their prompts for 2015-2016. Applicants will be required to choose one of these five prompts: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? Reflect on a time...

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5 tips for the best campus visit

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5 tips for the best campus visit

This spring is a great time for high school juniors, and perhaps sophomores, to visit college campuses. It takes advance planning and can be costly to travel to colleges. To get the best return on your investment of time and money, here are some tips for getting the most of your campus visits: The student should reserve the campus visit – while it may save time for mom or dad to make the reservation for campus visits, it does a disservice to the student (future applicant). There will be information requested on the campus inquiry form that...

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3 SAT Myths that Every Junior Must Ignore

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During this time of year when juniors are registering to take the SAT, there is a lot of misinformation about what they should should and should not do. Before you start your test prep or sign up to take the SAT take heed to these myths: Myth #1 – It’s OK to take the SAT “cold”, i.e. as a practice test REALITY: It’s a waste of your time and money to take any standardized test for the sake of seeing what your score will be! Students often assume this myth because they’ve heard that the colleges will only see...

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Why college-bound teens should apply to summer programs

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During the winter months, our center is busy assisting college-bound teens with finding and applying to summer programs. The teens, and sometimes their parents, are wondering “what’s the point?” Why Apply I can’t say enough about the benefits of applying to a summer program. The operative word is on “applying”. When there’s an application required, it’s not a given that students will be selected. So even when my students may already have “plans” for the summer, I still encourage them...

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Group Coaching for Parents of College-bound Teens

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November 11, 2014 – November 11, 2014 Map and Directions | Register Description: Did you know that the wrong college choice can cost your family an extra $35,000??  Let “The Education Doctor” help you make the right decisions so you don’t go broke for college    Join “The Education Doctor” (Dr. Pamela) on a group coaching call as she helps to clarify the college process for parents. Group coaching is a way to not only gain the expertise of a private college counselor, but also to demystify the college...

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Where you can Go to College for FREE . . . Study Abroad

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Lately, I’ve had several conversations with parents who are seeking ways to further reduce the cost of their college investment. An alternative to the high cost of tuition for US colleges is attending college in another country. Here are 7 countries to consider: Germany Finland France Sweden Norway Slovenia Brazil While it may sound great on paper (or during cocktail party conversations), there are several questions parents should ask to make sure that this option is viable for their teen. These 3 questions capture the overall fit that...

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Free Informational – Columbus

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November 9, 2014 – November 9, 2014 5600 Post Road Map and Directions | Register Description: We can help you take the stress — and the guesswork — out of the college admissions process by charting the right course. In this 45-minute informational, we will share with you insider tips on college admissions, why families value our services and how we have helped hundreds of students get into the college of their choice. Please join Dr. Pamela and other families who are about to begin their quest for a better future through higher...

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Are you applying to The University of Chicago this Fall?

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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? Essay Option 2.In French, there is no difference between “conscience” and “consciousness”. In Japanese, there is a word that specifically refers to the splittable wooden chopsticks you get at...

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Where to find summer coding camps for Teens

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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 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 college freshman. The large, lecture-style STEM freshman year courses were clearly designed to weed out the ill-prepared students. My high school AP Physics course did not prepare me for the rigors of...

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