Category Archives: College Planning

The ACT vs. SAT: Which Exam Should You Take? By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

Standardized testing is an important part of college admissions, and it is often dreaded by many high school students. From choosing which test to take, to trying to get to your target score, mastering the SAT and ACT exams is no easy task. Should you take the ACT, SAT, or both? Before answering that, it’s important to know the main differences between each exam.

 

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5 Ways to Prepare for Your First Year of College this Fall By Robyn Scott

Students are on their way to their first year of college and looking forward to all of the exciting things they’ll learn and all the new people they get to meet. In this first adult stage of life many students find the transition to be somewhat overwhelming and end up feeling unprepared. These feelings can take away from the many positive elements of the college experience so it’s better to think about what students can do in order to prepare ahead of time and smooth the transition to post-secondary education.

 

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Education Enthusiasm: Why It’s Never Too Late To Go Back By Emma Sturgis

Just because you feel like you’re too old to go back to school doesn’t mean that you are. While parents would love for their teens to go straight to college following their graduations, only about 79 percent of graduates actually enroll in school by the time they reach 20. Since some graduates take a break from school, it’s no surprise that 40 percent of student populations are 25 and older.

 

 

 

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Wanting to Go Back to School? 5 Tips for Making the Right Choice By Harper Harmon

When I was a kid, my parents’ attitude toward college degrees was, Jjust get one…any one.” In their youth, the simple act of completing college was a stand-alone achievement capable of propelling you into professional success. Vacillating between a handful of undeveloped ideas and lacking the fortitude to commit to a strenuous study plan, I picked one. It was the wrong one. The rewards of taking outdated advice and pursuing a (really neat) degree without a long term job plan have been slim. The reality of modern education has been a big departure from previous expectations. College today is more costly but has also become a standard prerequisite to almost any successful career. If you are thinking of attending or returning to college, here are five tips (learned the hard way) for choosing a profession that can pay back your efforts.

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Started Your Common App? Now It’s About Supplementing the Supplement By Nina Berler

August 1st isn’t just the beginning of a month; it’s also the launch date of the Common Application. Last year, over 940 million college-bound students used the Common App to submit over four million applications. On its landing page, the Common Application organization states, “More than 700 colleges. Only one application.” But don’t think that you can fill out the Common App, upload your personal essay, and hit a button to apply to every college.  When you add to “My Colleges,” look carefully. In numerous cases, there are additional essay questions.

 

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Advice for Starting Your College Search By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

It’s time to start your college search! But with the thousands of options out there, how are you supposed to come up with such a small list? It’s definitely tricky to do, but coming up with the perfect college list for you will make your college application and decision process go much more smoothly. Here are some tips to help you get started!

 

 

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8 Mistakes Every Student Makes in a Capstone Project By Tia Stokes

Doing a capstone paper is a very important part of your studies and it will determine how you finish your high school journey. There are many rules and requirements that need to be followed when writing this paper, and you should pay careful attention to these if you want to avoid mistakes. Your grade for this paper is vital and it is best to plan and prepare before you jump into it. Through the years, we have seen the same mistakes being repeated by students, and it is easily avoidable if you know what to look out for. Here are some of those mistakes that seem to always pop up.

 

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How to Start Writing Your College Essay By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

A college essay, also known as a personal statement, is one of the most intimidating elements of the college application process, because for many students it is very hard to start. There are many things a student must take into consideration when writing their essay, from topic to structure, to word count and grammar. If done well, an essay can be the deciding factor between two applicants, and if done poorly, it can ruin a student’s application.

 

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Back to Basics: Preparing for College Before Senior Year By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

It’s almost time say goodbye to summer and kick off another school year. And while you may not be applying to colleges this year, there are many elements of the college process that you should be aware of, and should even start doing. Here are a few basic things to think about as you refresh your mind this fall.

 

 

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How to Present Yourself on Social Media for College Admissions By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

You hear it over and over again from parents, teachers, and other adults, that your social media channels can determine whether or not you get into a college. But, is that really true? The answer is absolutely. Just a few months ago, Harvard University rescinded 10 students’ applications because they were found responsible for participating in an inappropriate conversation on Facebook. While not necessarily this drastic, there are many similar incidents that happen at colleges and universities across the US during admissions season.

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