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Advice to High Schoolers: How to summer before your senior year

It’s Independence Day! You know what that means? It’s the time for squirting water guns at anyone.  Want to drink some tasty things? Go overboard and get that sugar rush mom never lets you have. And you know what else? Summer is halfway done. Buzz kill, right? I’ve always counted this holiday as the halfway point. The divider. The median.  You’re just starting to really enjoy time off. You’re no … [Read more...]

A to-do list for the summer before your senior year

The College Application Process-A "to do list" for the summer before your senior year If you get as much of the college admissions process out of the way before your senior year, your chances of having a smooth last year of high school increase exponentially. It'll give you more time to work on your schoolwork (the fall semester is looked at very closely by college admission counselors), … [Read more...]

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Senior Year Of High School

By Riley Griffin, 17 Having reached the final chapter of my high school existence, I’ve spent the end of summer reflecting on my last three years and predicting the months to come. Asapplication deadlines loom in the distance, I’ve compiled countless of “could have beens” and “should have dones” into a pile of regrets. Here’s to moving past the past and facing the future head on. Better yet, … [Read more...]

The Value of Mentors

ACCORDING TO MERRIAM-WEBSTER, a mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person. While we all might have a good understanding of the basic definition of a mentor as noted above, the question is do you understand the value of a mentor for your personal career path? And have you considered the value of being a mentor yourself? Read the Entire … [Read more...]

Financial Aid Barriers

Until recently, if a college student's past was checkered with drug possession, it would prevent him or her from getting federal financial aid, thanks to the Higher Education Act (HEA) drug provision, a law that was established in 1998 with much controversy. One group, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) has been particularly outspoken about the detrimental effect of denying potential college … [Read more...]

Beware of Senior Slump

Check for tell-tale spots, or perhaps for a suspicious tan. There seems to be a lot of senioritis going around. Recurrent outbreaks hit America’s high schools each year, peaking when students return from winter break. After surviving SATs and ACTs, after filling out seemingly endless college applications, after writing essay after essay in search of scholarship dollars, senior year students feel … [Read more...]

The College Majors That Are Worth It

According to PayScale's massive compensation database and job growth projections through 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these 15 college majors are the most valuable in terms of salary and career prospects. They are ranked by median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years experience), percentage growth in pay and projected growth of job opportunities. Check out the … [Read more...]

Better Mentoring, Better Teachers

For more than a decade, clear and consistent research has shown that the quality of teachers is the most powerful school-related determinant of student success. Capitalizing on this now-large body of evidence, many education leaders have begun to invest in new-teacher mentoring. It’s a smart bet. When mentors are well-selected, well-trained, and given the time to work intensively with new … [Read more...]

Realizing how important you can be as a Mentor

In the United States, parents are the central source of emotional, financial, and social support for their children. Many youth are also fortunate to be part of larger networks including grandparents, other relatives, neighbors, and community and religious organizations. Adults in these networks can offer youth extra attention, affection, guidance, and a sense of direction--all of which are … [Read more...]

Pass Fail Versus Letter Grade

Learning is a unique process for everyone, so it does not make sense to apply the same standards to everyone in educational settings. Different methods of evaluation can influence the way individuals study and learn. Two such grading criteria include the pass-fail model and the letter grade. In some high schools or colleges, students may have the opportunity to select whether they want to use a … [Read more...]