Old message, new source

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One of my recurring themes on this blog is that it actually isn’t that hard to get into college–that all the bad news about fierce competition, declining acceptance rates, and other angst-inducing stats is true for only a comparatively short list of schools from the over 2,000 colleges available. Here’s an article from financial aid expert […]

        
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Nobody ever fell in “like” with a resume

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Every Friday, I send out a lighthearted question to all of our Collegewise colleagues. Dubbed Friday Fun, answering these questions is completely optional, and our responses are shared with everyone in the company. Our offices are spread out all over the country (and one office internationally), so we don’t all get to interact face-to-face very […]

        
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Vetted financial advice

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There’s no shortage of sources purporting to offer families advice about how to pay for college. But it’s not always easy to gauge the credibility of the source, and in some cases, if they’re sneakily trying to steer you towards particular services or lenders. Thankfully, NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) has complied a list […]

        
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How much do AP classes help admissions chances?

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The good folks at Challenge Success recently released their white paper, The Advanced Placement Program: Living Up To Its Promise? It attempts to answer questions like, “Does taking AP courses inherently boost a student’s chances of college admissions?” (Spoiler alert: it depends on the college.) For families who would rather not read and weed through all […]

        
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The path to making things right

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Author and former Navy Admiral David Marquet penned this Forbes piece about Volkswagen executives ducking and bumbling their way through their diesel emissions cheating scandal. There are so many press-garnering examples of companies and public figures who get caught doing something they shouldn’t have been doing but still refuse to take appropriate responsibility for their actions. It’s […]

        
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Adventures in babysitting

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Nearly two years ago, I wrote this entry about a sophomore in high school my wife and I were about to interview to babysit our then infant son. We were impressed with her initiative in offering up her services on a parent listserv, and with how responsive and mature she seemed in her communications with us. […]

        
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Start with an audience of one

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That email you’re writing… That website you’re building… That flyer you’re creating… That brochure copy you’re penning… That t-shirt you’re designing… Who’s it for? It’s a good question to ask, and a good person to envision, as you’re making it. When I sit down to write a blog post, I try to envision exactly who […]

        
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