Getting Involved in High School: Your Top 10 Common Application Activity

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Joining clubs, participating in extracurricular activities, running for governing boards, or applying for summer internships is essential when capitalizing on your high school experience. Colleges want to see that you are applying yourself, collaborating with peers, and building confidence. Colleges want to know that you were an integral part of your high school community and your drive and work ethic …

The College Schedule and How to Manage Your Time

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One of the biggest changes you will face going from high school to college is a schedule that allows you more freedom than ever before. This also coincides with one of the biggest challenges you’ll face, which is how to manage and adapt to a schedule that doesn’t necessarily hold you as accountable anymore. With good planning and time management, …

Deadlines: The Importance of Priority Deadlines

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Regular Decision, Early Action, Rolling Admission, Early Decision, and Single-Choice Early Action.  So many deadlines!  Do they really matter?  And are they worth researching and adhering to if there is a priority deadline?  Working as a high school college counselor, our college counseling curriculum requires that all students apply to ALL of their intended colleges by October 15th. Our hard …

Counselor-Student Relationships and Why They are Helpful 

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Schools are so much more than just institutions for learning. Many students receive academic, social/emotional, and post-secondary support along with their education. Often overlooked, school counselors are a huge part of this support system, and forming a connection with your counselor is extremely beneficial to your overall educational experience. Your counselor will probably be the best resource during the college …

The 2024 Digital SAT

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Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Apple Watch: welcome to modern technology!! And now (or at least by 2024) SAT is adapting to meet the needs of both students and teachers, enter the digital SAT.  All students will take the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT digitally starting in the fall of 2023. So if you are in the high school class of …

The College Schedule and How to Manage your Time

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One of the biggest changes you will face going from high school to college is a schedule that allows you more freedom than ever before. This also coincides with one of the biggest challenges you’ll face, which is how to manage and adapt to a schedule that doesn’t necessarily hold you as accountable anymore. With good planning and time management, …

Important College Terms

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Whether you went to college yourself or are the parent of a first-generation student, sending a child to college can be a bit intimidating. From financial aid and the application process to academic credits and on-campus life, there are a lot of new terms and concepts to learn. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the terminology you encounter on college websites …

Different Types of College Applications

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Now that the college application process is done primarily online, students now have opportunities to cast a wider net when it comes to applying to schools. The school information is at the student’s fingertips, providing them with readily available information on the roughly 5300 colleges and universities in just the United States alone. The most common way students will apply …

Taking Advantage of Office hours in College

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As I reflect back on my college experience and think about the things that helped me the most, one of the fondest memories was with Dr. F’s office hours for calculus.  I took calculus at 8:00AM, four days a week.  The combination of an early morning class and a course that challenged me (the future English major), to say I …

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The School Profile

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The School Profile By: Brooke Carleton If you’re currently a senior in the thick of college applications you have probably heard of the School Profile or have seen it mentioned on the Common Application.  If you haven’t quite started the college application process, then read on to learn more about what the School Profile is and the importance of it.   …