Here’s to Your Teen’s Triumphant Journey to Success!

Time is ticking away! The college application deadline is drawing near, and your high school senior is on the verge of something incredible. Don't stress, though—it's not a race against the clock, but an opportunity to craft an extraordinary college essay that can change the game! Here are some invaluable tips that will give your senior's essay the edge: Go Beyond the Prompt While it's essential to address the question, the real purpose of the essay is for admissions officers to know the...

Identifying Your Teen’s Greatest Strengths

Identifying Your Teen’s Greatest Strengths

Teenagers are almost halfway through summer break. For rising seniors, it's time to start preparing for college applications if that's their plan. While most applications are due in January or February, some colleges have early deadlines in October. The one thing college-bound teens should not put off is writing their application essays. College admissions officers say it takes an average of two months to write an essay from start to finish. October sounds like a long way off, but the time to...

Creating a Solid Student Resume

Creating a Solid Student Resume

A high school resume is a valuable tool for students when applying to college or for a job or internship. College admissions and future employers are very interested in students' high school resumes because they provide a good glimpse of what the teen has to offer. What should be included on a student’s resume if they are just working a part-time job and playing sports? A high schooler's resume will look different from an adult's as they do not have as much work experience. Here are the...

Should My Teen Take the SAT?

Should My Teen Take the SAT?

Now that many colleges are going test-optional, parents and teens wonder if they should be concerned about taking the SAT or ACT. Especially if their teen has good grades but performs poorly on standardized tests. Is it worth the risk? Is it worth the extra time and effort to study?  The answer is yes if they plan on going to college.  If colleges were not going to consider SAT or ACT scores in the application process, then they would say, “We no longer accept test scores in the admissions...

How to Organize an Extra 200 Hours in Your Teen’s Life

How to Organize an Extra 200 Hours in Your Teen’s Life

Do you have an extra 200 hours in your life? I don't. Does your teen? Probably not. Yet, that is how much time you should allow for the college application process. These hours do not include visiting colleges, researching majors, or SAT/ACT prep. These 200 hours are just the time it takes to write essays, fill out the applications, gather financial information, complete supplemental essays, and much more. I get stressed just thinking about it! If you have a very organized teen who stays on...

How To Get Your Teen To Stand Out In the Sea of College Applications

How To Get Your Teen To Stand Out In the Sea of College Applications

One of the biggest questions I get from parents is, what should my teen have on their college application to help them stand out from the thousands of other applicants? What are the "magic" words or activities that will increase their chances of getting accepted?  Unfortunately, no magic word or particular activity will have the admissions person say, "Yes, this is the one we have been looking for to come to our school!" It will vary by college, and it can vary from year to year, depending on...

When Your College-Bound Teen Gets Deferred

When Your College-Bound Teen Gets Deferred

You and your teen spent thousands of hours researching colleges, visiting different schools, studying for the SAT or ACT, writing essays, and filling out applications. You probably also spent thousands of dollars on travel costs, tutors, and college application fees. All that blood, sweat, and tears, only to get a letter from their college of choice, stating their application has been deferred. I get many calls from parents this time of year whose teen has been deferred. The student feels...

Simple Searches for College Scholarships

Simple Searches for College Scholarships

Have you heard about the latest way wealthy families are receiving college aid? Parents are transferring legal custody of their teenage children to another relative or party to improve their eligibility for financial aid. (Click here to learn more.) Fortunately, such extreme measures are not necessary for regular families like ours. If you're researching ways to pay for college, focus on finding scholarships. There are thousands of college scholarships out there, and your teen has a good...

Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Teens

Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Teens

According to experts, colleges want more than just high test scores and a solid essay from applicants. They also want students with good character. To that end, many colleges check an applicant's social media and/or online "footprint."  I recently saw this quote:      What should your teen consider when using social media? Here are some do’s and don’ts to share with your teen:   DON’T Share images of people drinking and smoking, even if you are not Post a bunch of selfies – you...

The Why and How of College Essays

The Why and How of College Essays

In my previous blog, Motiving Your Resistant Teen to Write Their College Essay, I provided ideas on how to help your teen when they’re reluctant to write their essay. I fully empathize with these teens, as writing does not come naturally to me. Remember, the process doesn’t have to start with a blank screen or a piece of paper. Let’s talk about why colleges ask applicants to write an essay. Think of a college like a business. They bring in candidates for open positions. For each position, they...