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College Roommate 101

There are a few things you should keep in mind before contacting your roommate for the first time. First off, remember that both of you are likely nervous and excited about similar things: leaving home, starting college, having a roommate, figuring out your meal plans and where to buy books. This is a great place to start to connect.  Second, before contacting your roommate, try to think about what you know your living style to…

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7 Things You’ll Wish You Packed for College

It’s mid-August, and for recent high school graduates going off to college, that means it’s time to start packing. Deciding what to pack for college is undeniably a difficult process–what exactly will you need? How can you be sure that you brought enough of everything? This list doesn’t have everything you need by any means, but here are a few items that current college students have said they wish they’d packed for college.  Safety pins.…

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Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT

If you’re going to be a high school junior this coming fall, you will likely be taking the PSAT. Are you ready? Check your knowledge against the basics by reading on below! The PSAT is important to your future success because of its focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. Your results will be a good measure of what you learned so far in high school, as well as what you need…

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7 Life Skills Everyone Should Have Before Graduating High School

In school, students learn about many complex subjects that will help them, whether they decide to pursue a career or a college degree.  But oftentimes, the day-to-day life skills that kids need to become independent young adults are completely overlooked. Teachers will try to incorporate life skills into their classes, but with today’s more test-heavy curriculum, these skills end up falling by the wayside. Parents, your children will learn a lot in school, but there…

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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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Is Your College Student Struggling With English Composition?

Many students struggle with College English Composition coursework. Whether your child is a freshman or a senior, there are always new challenges when it comes to writing. Students will be required to write essays, term papers, theses, senior/final projects, and case studies. Along the way they may struggle with: Writing skills (basic punctuation/capitalization, sentence structure, syntax, etc.) Structuring essays Organizing large projects Brainstorming appropriate topics and outlining supporting arguments Strengthening and developing thesis statements Managing…

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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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Are You Ready For College?

Are you ready for college? If you haven’t ticked these items off your to do list, the answer is probably no. 1. Save money, plan a budget, and get financial aid straightened out.  I’m sure you’ve heard the trope of the “poor college student,” but if you’re able, it’s a great idea to work and save as much money as you can before you leave for school. To avoid bank account panic later on, you should…

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