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Should I Take AP Classes? How to Decide if Advanced Placement Courses Are Right for You

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If college is a possibility for you, you should consider taking Advanced Placement courses (AP) if your high school offers them. There are many advantages to taking more challenging classes. In addition to possibly giving you an edge in college admissions, the courses could also have a positive effect on your college life. It can …

How Many Extracurricular Activities Should I Be Doing? Is More, More? Or Is More, Less?

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A common conversation I have with prospective students and families is related to extracurricular activities. Parents rightfully boast about their child’s involvement with this, that, and the other. Meanwhile, the student worries that they either doing too much or not enough. The latter thought from the student can become a troubling one as it causes …

College Myth: Colleges Only Care About GPA and Test Scores

Congratulations on being accepted into college! However, it was more than just your GPA and test scores that got you in. myths
GPA and test scores are the most quantifiable aspects of a college application. This makes them easy to compare–and may explain why applicants tend to place so much Iemphasis on them. While these ARE important, they’re not the only things that colleges consider when reviewing your application. In fact, just consider that many schools will receive thousands …

What to Do After You’ve Made Your Final College Decision

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The universal college commitment deadline of May 1 is quickly approaching. While that is ideally the date by which you hope to make a final college decision, many of you may have already come to that decision. Either way, congratulations! The process of making a final college decision is by no means an easy task. Getting …

How to Tell Colleges About Your Mistakes

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News flash! You’re not perfect. You know it. Your parents know it, and every admission counselor reading your application knows it. So, how do you handle your imperfections when it comes to applying to college? Some issues don’t need to be shared. The fact that your bedroom looks like a pile of old Mayan Ruins …

Dealing with a College Rejection Letter: What It Means to be Denied

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No matter what anyone tells you, rejection hurts. This includes being denied from a college. Some still send their admissions decisions the old fashion way by mailing a thin envelope with the college rejection letter. Many other colleges have started using technology to communicate admissions decisions by sending an email or allowing students to log …