Posts Categorized: College Counseling

Top 10 Skills High School Students Need To Develop In Preparation For College

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It’s never too early to start thinking about preparing for college. This Top 10 list has been developed through many years of attending conferences, listening to college admission professionals, and touring a variety of colleges and universities around the U.S. Study Skills: A student’s GPA for college admissions starts in the 9th grade (sometimes 8th […]

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It’s not about where you get in, but where you FIT in!

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The phrase “college fit” has been bouncing around for a while and in the craziness of application season, it sometimes is forgotten. Many students and families get wrapped up in the frenzy of rankings, myths, school names, where their best friend is going, etc… and often miss the importance of searching for a college that […]

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Can what I post on Facebook actually hurt my chances of getting accepted?

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I was recently asked to contribute to a blog for a college website designed to answer hot topic questions for college applicants. The question for that posting was: Can what I post on facebook actually hurt my chances of getting accepted? My reply was yes, what is posted on Facebook can potentially hurt chances of […]

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Finding Balance in Preparing for College

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Recently, I attended the first Georgia showing of Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture, a documentary about the stress-filled, anxiety-provoking lifestyles many students face in high school today, while focusing heavily on the impending future of college admissions. I urge you to watch the original trailer. My junior parents who viewed this […]

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Top Ten Strengths and Experiences Colleges Look for in High School Students

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(based on a 2006-2007 survey of IECA member consultants) A rigorous high school curriculum that challenges the student and may include AP or IB classes. Grades that represent strong effort and an upward trend. However, slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are preferred to all As in less challenging coursework.

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