Category Archives: College Advice

Parents: Worrying productively

“Our children may not control where they go to college, but they control how. That is their true power.” This article offers strategies for how parents can best help their children during the college search process.

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So you want to be an engineer?

This article has great advice for high schoolers: What can you do now to find out if engineering is the right path for you?

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A parent offers advice

“The individual personalities and styles of the admissions official (presenting the information session) and student tour guide greatly affected our impression of the school. Find a way to counteract a bad impression due just to the presentation – and good … Continue reading

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Extracurricular Involvement

A few words of advice on extracurricular involvement: Keep in mind that “college admission officers are interested in meaningful engagement, not perfunctory participation, and are smart enough and experienced enough to distinguish between the two.” More sound advice is found … Continue reading

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Choosing a Practical Major

Are you feeling like you have to major in something “practical” in college? Don’t. “Any definition of the practical that fails to take into account an individual’s interests, demonstrable aptitude, or current state of personal development will tend to undermine … Continue reading

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Advice for Juniors

Clearly, high school juniors have a lot on their plates and anxiety is highly contagious. Here are some sage words to put the college admissions process in perspective.

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An Inspiring Commencement Message

Not many undergraduate college commencement speeches survive the day they’re given. Even fewer are active well beyond the lifetime of their author. This speech that the writer David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005 breaks both rules.

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