The Future is Figureoutable

The Future is Figureoutable

My friend Amy recently shared with me that she tells her kids, "Everything is figureoutable." With most things in life, you can figure out a solution. While I knew this subconsciously, Amy's words struck a chord, and maybe more so now when we as parents consistently face decisions we have to make. Do we let our kids hang out with friends during the pandemic? Should I let them go to the pool? How will we navigate the school year when there are still questions to be answered? I tell myself, "I...

Work-Study 101:  Balancing College Costs and Gaining Valuable Experience

Work-Study 101: Balancing College Costs and Gaining Valuable Experience

As college costs continue to rise, many families seek ways to make higher education more affordable. One practical option is the federal work-study program, which allows students to earn money to pay for college while gaining valuable work experience. This blog will explain how to qualify for work-study, the benefits of these programs, and how to balance work and academics. What is a Work-Study Program? Work-study programs provide part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with...

Unlock Affordable College:  Non-Traditional Strategies to Cut Costs

Unlock Affordable College: Non-Traditional Strategies to Cut Costs

Sending your teen to college can be one of the biggest financial challenges you face as a parent. While scholarships and financial aid are helpful, they often aren't enough to cover all the costs. However, there are other ways to manage college expenses that you might not have considered. Let's explore some non-traditional approaches to make higher education more affordable. The Community College Advantage Starting at a community college can save a lot of money. Community colleges usually cost...

Talking To Your Teen About College Tuition and What You Can Afford

Talking To Your Teen About College Tuition and What You Can Afford

With college costs soaring, discussing tuition with your teen has never been more critical. As parents, it's essential to approach this topic with transparency, empathy, and practical advice. Too many parents wait until after their teen is accepted into college to figure out finances or, worse, go into unnecessary debt. Let’s change that! Here’s how to have a productive and empowering conversation about college finances with your teen: 1. Start Early The earlier you begin discussing college...

The Power of Summer Internships in College Planning: A Guide for Parents of High Schoolers

The Power of Summer Internships in College Planning: A Guide for Parents of High Schoolers

Did you know that 70% of colleges consider internships during application review? As the parent of a high schooler navigating the college application maze, you know every step counts. Summer internships offer a powerful edge, fostering career exploration, building valuable skills, and strengthening college applications. Internships aren't just about reading job descriptions. They propel your teen into the heart of a chosen field. Imagine them assisting a marketing team with social media...

Unlock Your Teen’s Future:  Summer Strategies for SAT/ACT Success!

Unlock Your Teen’s Future: Summer Strategies for SAT/ACT Success!

Summer presents a prime opportunity for high schoolers to focus on college entrance exams like the SAT or ACT without the usual schoolwork distractions. As parents, you play a crucial role in guiding your teen through this process while ensuring they still enjoy their summer break. Here’s your strategic guide to help your teen excel in these critical tests. Understanding the Differences: SAT vs. ACT Before diving into prep, it’s vital to grasp the distinctions between the SAT and ACT:...

Summer Strategy: Boosting Your College  Application Game Plan

Summer Strategy: Boosting Your College  Application Game Plan

Summer break isn't just about relaxation and fun—it's an invaluable opportunity for high school students to bolster their college applications. By engaging in activities that showcase leadership, community involvement, and personal growth, students can stand out to admissions officers. Here are strategic ways teens can use their summer to make a strong impression: Take on Leadership Roles at Summer Camps Many summer camps offer opportunities for older teens to serve as counselors or assistant...

Inspiring Journeys Reveal Passions Through Trades

Inspiring Journeys Reveal Passions Through Trades

Picture this: A high school graduate torn between societal pressure to pursue a traditional four-year college degree and a growing curiosity about trade-based career paths. It's a scenario all too familiar for many young adults on the brink of adulthood. Yet, amidst the clamor of college brochures and campus tours lies a quieter but no less promising path—the world of trades. A recent survey revealed that nearly 60% of high school graduates who pursued trade careers reported feeling more...

Exploring Trade-Based Career Paths

Exploring Trade-Based Career Paths

In recent years, there's been a significant shift in the conversation around post-secondary education for high school graduates. While the traditional path to a four-year college degree is still widely promoted, there's growing recognition of the value and viability of trade-based career paths. For many students, these careers offer a fulfilling work life, financial stability, job security, and less debt from educational expenses. This guide explores the benefits of trade-based careers and...

Beyond Words: How Personal Branding Elevates Your College Application Story

Beyond Words: How Personal Branding Elevates Your College Application Story

Why Use the Power of Personal Branding in College Essays In today's fiercely competitive college admissions landscape, standing out is more crucial than ever for high school students. Yet, one powerful strategy often overlooked is the concept of personal branding in crafting college essays. Personal branding isn't just for entrepreneurs or influencers—it's a vital tool for students aiming to showcase their unique qualities and experiences memorably. In this blog, we'll explore how students can...