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MyCollegeOptions® and SHAPE America® research reveals high school students’ perceptions about the value of Physical Education classes

  The majority of high school students currently participating in Physical Education classes believes that PE is important to the overall school experience, providing numerous benefits and helping to develop a variety of lifelong skills. Lee’s...
by not just admissions on Dec 1, 2015

The College Fair: How to Prepare

College fairs are a fantastic way to kick your school search into high gear.  After all, they’ll allow you to gain exposure to a number of universities and glean a multitude of information, all without having to travel very far.  Sounds like a wi...
by not just admissions on Oct 30, 2014

Do You Know Who Cesar Chavez Was?

As a high school student, it’s probably fairly easy to isolate or compartmentalize your education.  Learning takes place in the classroom and life takes place outside.  However, you’d be remiss if you limited yourself in such a manner.  While...
by not just admissions on Apr 2, 2014

The Fast & The Furious

As a high school student, it’s probably fairly easy to isolate or compartmentalize your education.  Learning takes place in the classroom and life takes place outside.  However, you’d be remiss if you limited yourself in such a manner.  While...
by not just admissions on Apr 2, 2014

Unassigned Reading, Vol. 5

Are you finding time, even here and there, to tackle a little pleasure reading? If so, great job! If not, we implore you to consider picking up a book, thumbing through a magazine or even scanning the internet (though reading Twitter feeds doesn’t...
by not just admissions on Mar 26, 2014

Post High School Plan: Alternatives to a Four-Year College

As second semester grinds on, the reality of life beyond high school hopefully comes into much sharper focus for seniors. Certainly, those students with plans to attend a four-year college are in full anticipation of their upcoming undergraduate year...
by not just admissions on Mar 1, 2014

Unassigned Reading, Vol. 4

All right – you know the drill by now. We believe you should dedicate a small portion of your day (or even simply your week) to personal reading. It’s a relaxing activity that simultaneously exercises your brain. It opens you up to new ideas and...
by not just admissions on Jan 24, 2014

Unassigned Reading, Vol. 3

By now you’ve likely picked up on the fact that we think extracurricular reading is fairly important. Therefore, we’ve compiled some reading suggestions for your humble consideration once again. And who knows – perhaps you’ll be inspired...
by not just admissions on Nov 25, 2013

Humor in College Essays

Common wisdom says that when it comes to employing humor in a college essay or personal statement, applicants should tread lightly. While humor can be certainly be appreciated and make an essay more colorful, it can also be a risky proposition. So, h...
by not just admissions on Nov 1, 2013

Unassigned Reading, Vol. 2

by not just admissions on Sep 23, 2013

Getting a Jumpstart on Senior Year

Well here you are, about to embark on your biggest academic year to date. We realize you’re likely experiencing a myriad of emotions – stress, delight, tension. And, perhaps more than anything, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at all the wo...
by not just admissions on Jul 30, 2013

Back in the Groove: Preparing for the New School Year

Sadly summer, like all good things, must come to an end. Though you should still suck all the marrow out of these sweet, sun-filled days, it’s probably best to acknowledge that a new school year is quickly approaching. Instead of lamenting the impe...
by not just admissions on Jul 29, 2013

Helicoptor Parenting: Lessons from Superman

Right from the start, Superman was on fire, looking very much like a certain scene from The Hunger Games.   Indeed, the new depiction of the hero is buff, tough and willing to level all of Metropolis for the chance to snap the bad guy’s nec...
by not just admissions on Jul 3, 2013

College Planning: 10 Ways to Stay Focused Over the Holidays

Daylight savings has come and gone. The days are getting shorter and Halloween candy supplies are quickly dwindling. This can only mean one thing – the holiday season is just around the bend. For the vast majority of students,  the holidays can’...
by not just admissions on Nov 19, 2012

College Planning: 10 Ways to Stay Focused Over the Holidays

Daylight savings has come and gone. The days are getting shorter and Halloween candy supplies are quickly dwindling. This can only mean one thing – the holiday season is just around the bend. For the vast majority of students,  the holidays can’...
by not just admissions on Nov 19, 2012

Getting Organized for the New School Year

Sure, you can live in denial. You can pretend it’s not going to happen. You might even decide to invest in a new case of sunscreen or furiously begin researching new beaches to explore. However, no matter how many rays you soak up, you’ll...
by not just admissions on Aug 8, 2012

Tackling the Summer Reading List

So, you’ve been enjoying a leisurely summer; hanging out with friends, perhaps kicking around a soccer ball, indulging in a little barbeque, catching up on the latest season of Mad Men, etc. Unfortunately, though it pains us to say this, vacati...
by not just admissions on Aug 8, 2012

Goals for the New School Year

Sure, you’re busy riding a summer high right now.  You have all the time in the world to hang out by the pool, flip through magazines and catch up on your Netflix backlog.  Unfortunately, sooner or later (probably sooner than you’d like) summer...
by not just admissions on Jul 12, 2012

An Introduction

Most of the advice on college admissions is, to use the vernacular, a huge steaming pile. That’s largely because most of the people who spend time offering advice about admissions either a) have no idea what they’re talking about or b) lie.  Ano...
by not just admissions on Jun 21, 2012

myCollegeOptions.org Education Summit – 2012

We just finished another great event in Washington DC. One of the great advantages that comes from being the nation’s largest college planning program is our ability to bring the right group of people together to really make an impact on the li...
by not just admissions on Jun 19, 2012


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