College Applications

What to Consider When Choosing a College

Choosing the right college for you is no easy task, and it can end up being a stressful experience for many high schoolers. To help you along, it is a good idea to learn as much as you can about the schools you are considering. Here are some things you may not have thought about yet in the process of choosing a college.  Available courses. I’m sure you’ve checked that the major you want to pursue…

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Is Your Child Applying to Private School or College This January? 

It’s important to start connecting with the private schools or colleges that your child is interested in, because schools keep track of the amount of times that you express interest and use this information to help determine admission. It’s a good idea to start early in selecting the list of schools to which you will apply, and to develop a timeline of all due dates and materials required for admission. If your child is applying for private school, this…

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High School Seniors: Are You Ready for the SAT and ACT Tests?

Are you a high school senior applying to colleges? It’s not too late to take the SAT and ACT tests, but the deadlines are fast approaching! In order to make the application deadline for most schools, you will need to take these tests before the end of this calendar year. For the SAT, that means you could take the test on October 7th, November 4th, or December 2nd of 2017. For the ACT, the October…

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How to Pick the Right College

College touring season is approaching and high school  juniors (and even sophomores!) are starting to narrow down the colleges and universities they will be applying to. With almost 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, it can be difficult to know how to pick the right one. We have compiled 10 factors to consider when drafting your list, read below to find out more! Majors This is a very important one! If you know…

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College Application Myths

Applying to colleges can be tricky, but if you make sure that you fully understand the process, things will go more smoothly.  Many students believe the following “facts,” but doing these things will lead you down the wrong path. Here are some college application myths you should know about. 1. When applying early, there’s no real difference between early action and early decision.  Early action and early decision applications have similar deadlines, but they are very different. Early…

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KudosWall: An Online Resume for Kids

If you are a parent or have a child in your life, you’ve likely experienced a moment of great pride in one of their achievements. It is also possible that you wished to have a way to somehow record their achievement. KudosWall is just the place to do that. You can start building your child’s online record and make sure it is a positive one. On KudosWall parents can “store pictures, videos, presentations,and documents,” ranging from…

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Benefits of Service-Learning

Service-learning can be a wonderful tool for taking students outside of the classroom. There are many benefits of service-learning for students, teachers, and the community alike. Essentially, it is a research-based teaching and learning strategy that engages students in service to meet learning objectives and address real-world issues. As an example, I participated in a service-learning project in the spring of 2016 while taking a Victorian Fiction class at UMass Lowell. This class involved many…

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The Importance of LinkedIn to College Admission

At the height of the social media age which we are in, more high schools are encouraging students to take control of their online personas and ensuring that they present themselves in a professional way. One way many students are going about this is by creating a LinkedIn profile. A simple google search of your full name will reveal your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles, and grant access to your life, as told through pictures…

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Choosing a College Major

When I was in high school only a few short years ago, it seemed like everyone around me had their whole lives mapped out. They knew exactly where they wanted to go to college, what they wanted to study, where they wanted to be in eighty years…you name it, they already knew it. No one else seemed to have problems with choosing a college major.  Meanwhile, I felt like I had nothing figured out. I…

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