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College Admission Essays - Start Early!

College Admission Essays - Start Early!
The best advice for college admission essays is to start early! If you have a junior, you may want to have them write a college admission essay now, for practice.  You can use it "as-is" next year, edit it heavily, or just use the practice to make writing a new one easier.  You can find college admission essay topics on the website of most colleges.  Google the name of the college, and click on admission.  You...
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Homeschool Parent = Counselor+Mentor+Advisor

Homeschool Parent = Counselor+Mentor+Advisor
Who does the "applying" to colleges these days?  The parents, or the child?  When I was a senior, I filled out all of the applications.  My parents had no involvement at all, except for stating income.  For example, when you brought in all of your records to the college interview, was your son even there?  Was he involved?Dear Susan,The student does all the applying.  The parent plays the role of the guidance counselor, mentor, and high...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks for your comments, Joelle. I'll miss you at choir tonight! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:56
Guest — J W
Whoops! That's Texas schools end around late May, not "by May."
Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:49
Guest — J W
There's also room for a parent to step in when there's just too much red tape. There were, and, last I knew (2005) differences be... Read More
Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:45
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College Application Essays - "BEE Yourself"

College Application Essays - "BEE Yourself"
There is a line in the Disney movie "Alladin" that has always stuck with me.  The genie tells Alladin that the best way to win the girl is to "Bee yourself".  That strategy works with college applications as well.  In this article, you can read about what college admission folks REALLY want to see in an essay.  The certainly don't want lists of facts - they want to SEE THE STUDENT in the words.  Read the...
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The Casual College Interview

The Casual College Interview
One mom spoke to me about her concerns regarding college admission.  Her son had one college that he had his heart set on!  She wanted to know if an interview is important, because it was mentioned in the application form.I recommend an interview, but an easy-casual-natural interview.  Unless you are trying for a very selective, elite school, an interview is a casual portion of the college visit, not something formal and scary.  It's just "frosting on...
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