College

6 Things Not to do When Applying to College

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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The Value of Advanced Placement Courses for College Admission

Consider the value of advanced placement courses for college admission. College admissions boards are becoming more and more selective about who they accept into their universities. About 37% of students in the class of 2017 took at least one AP course in high school. The pool of students challenging themselves with AP courses is growing. This is a huge factor behind why college is becoming harder to get into! Make yourself a part of this…

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Is Early Decision or Early Action Right for You?

You may be wondering whether early decision or early action is right for you. If you are going into your senior year, you’re probably feeling a lot of excitement and relief that you only have one more year until you’re off in the real world. Finally, no more high school. But there are some serious decisions you need to make very soon, and the best way to know where you’ll want to apply is to…

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Enhance Your Child’s College Application and Gain Life Experience Through Volunteering

You may know that volunteering is an important added value on your child’s college application. Common App has an “Activities” section for students to fill in with their community service and volunteer hours, so it is something colleges expect to see. It is a win-win situation, as volunteer work is incredibly important both for the community it serves, and for the volunteers themselves. The ability to selflessly donate one’s time to the greater good is…

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Do’s and Don’ts for College Admission Essay Writing

The college essay is one of the biggest obstacles your student will have to face when applying to schools. For students who aren’t strong in creative writing or literature, this part of the Common App and other school applications can be nerve-wracking. There is an infinite amount of things that your child could write about, and narrowing that down is part of what makes the college essay so difficult to begin. When it came time…

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What You Need to Know About Getting Into the Right Music Program

Do you want a career in Music? Not sure how to gain admission to the right college? If you’re in high school, gaining admission to college is hard, no matter what career pathway you choose. Acceptance into Music programs isn’t just about talent. There are certain requirements that you should be aware of, so that you can get on track and have the best possible chance of admission. Universities highly consider GPA’s and test scores.…

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Competency-Based Learning

To see the recent educational trend of general competency in action, one need only look to our local state university, UMass Lowell, and their mission statement: “Work Ready, Life Ready, World Ready.” In the past, education has been about teaching people something. Now, it is more about making sure students develop a reliable compass and the navigation skills to find their own way through an increasingly uncertain world. As a result, some schools are now…

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Wait List Tips for College Bound Students

You’ve sent in your applications. Now you’re waiting for a letter from each college you applied to, either offering you admission or turning down your application. And there’s another possibility: a college may put you on their wait list. This can happen when you meet the admission requirements, but the college has already accepted the number of applicants it has room for. If a spot becomes available later on, you may be offered a place. The…

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Holiday Break Tips for Students Away from Home

The holidays are a special season filled with food, family, friends, and fun, but what do students do when they cannot head back home for the holiday break? Follow these tips if you find yourself far from home this season. Try to begin with coping and realization. We realize that this is easier said than done, but all in all, students should realize that they are not the only one spending a holiday break alone.…

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Self Care for Students Over the Holidays

Students and teachers are enjoying winter break, and excitement is running high! It is hard to believe we have completed the first four months of school and we are approaching a new year. After the winter performances and class parties are over, we spend time with the people we love to ring in the new year. It’s so important to keep self care in mind throughout this time.  One challenge of the holiday season is…

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