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Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Applying to college

There really is not reason for not applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Firstly, it’s free. The worst that can happen is a decision not to award money to a student which has come at the cost of $0 and a very short amount of time filling out a form. The best thing, on the other hand, is a surprising sum of money to lighten the load of college tuition. (more…)

How to Make the Most of College Presentations at Your School

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Find A Presenter You Connect With

college presentationsThe single most important thing to do at a college presentation is to get into an amicable relationship with one of the presenters.  The rationale here is not slimy.  You’re not doing this in order to boost your chances of acceptance, to hob knob with the admissions committee.  These presenters generally are not on the admissions committee and can do little to directly affect your acceptance.  Your grades, standardized test scores, essays, recommendation letters, etc. do that.  The reason you want to become friendly with one of the persons speaking at your college fair is because they know a lot, not only about the college they present, but about all colleges, and about how the admissions process works.  They always have more to say than they present.

(It doesn’t matter if the presenter is from a college you are interested in or not.  What’s more important is that the two of you click.) (more…)

How Not to Have Lazy Kids: A Parent’s Guide

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

A teenage boy thinkingLaziness wreaks havoc on everything school-related, from grades to sports to play rehearsals. Moreover, it’s no tough cookie to crack.  How do you motivate anyone, let alone your own child?

Sloth, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is “sluggishness of the mind which neglects to start good things,” according to the Catholic St. Thomas Aquinas.  Moreover, in the eastern Orthodox tradition, in the Philokalia, the word for laziness or sloth is dejection, the state of having lost interest in life.  This suggests what we basically know: that we’re lazy because we’re not interested.  This is pretty much confirmed by the Buddhist term kausīdya, meaning the clinging to unwholesome activities.

Given these moral terms, a solution springs to mind: how do parents nurture attachment to wholesome activities in our children and students?  How do you give someone else a motive that can become his or her own motive?  The two obvious approaches are 1) reward and 2) punishment.  (more…)

How to Make the Most Out of Your Last Semester of High School

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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Colleges do revoke admissions decisions.  That said, it is uncommon.  The high school senior should of course keep up her grades in the last semester, but, honestly, not out of fear of having an admission decision revoked.  Keep up your grades because that’s the kind of character you have and want to foster, not because of some unreasonably placed fear towards admissions counselors.  Avoid senioritis because senioritis is stupid and you aren’t.  Let that be that.

(For parents, about.com actually has a pretty decent article on helping your son or daughter avoid senioritis.) (more…)

Standardized Testing in 2013: SAT vs. ACT

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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PSAT and SAT Testing

The PSAT has passed, and Twitter is all a-flutter with recounts of passages regarding a farm animal and a Japanese man (watch it, btw!  Should you disclose any test material, you run the risk of the College Board taking action.  Not good.)  Scores are back in early December.

Meanwhile, the standardized testing process loiters down the pike at a massive fork in the road.  The path to the left will regress you to “diaper math” as you politically correctly reason your way through several sprints, and a somewhat predictable set of steps.  Apparently one can even sail through the essay by practicing some pre-figured formula.  Harumph.  I’d like to think you have more integrity than to engage in THAT scenario, right??… (more…)