By

stef mauler
Chocolates

College Is Like A Box of Chocolates

A couple of months ago, I had a conversation with a parent of a sophomore who was concerned that her daughter had no idea where she wanted to go to college, what she wanted to study, or how to start...
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Tips And Tricks

5 Easy Tips for a Better College Application Resumé

Fashion legend Carolina Herrera is famous for dressing First Ladies like Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump. Herrera knows a thing or two about helping people stand out for the right reasons. “Attention to detail is of...
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Why Studying Abroad Is Awesome

Why Studying Abroad Is Awesome

When I ask students if they would be interested in studying abroad, they often say something along the lines of, “I don’t want an international degree. I only want to go to college in the US… or maybe Canada” (it...
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Book Love

Reading Matters

  “Miss, why you makin’ us read this old book? I haven’t read a book since elementary school!” “Miss! Why do we have to read EVERY DAY?!” My inner sigh is profound. Where did we go wrong? When did reading...
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Career

Pursuing Your Professional Passion

“How is a teenager supposed to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives?” This question really applies to/impacts everyone. How does anyone go about finding their professional passion? I can think of three ways: Wing It...
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Book Burning

The Impact of a Book

There is a famous art project titled, “The Castle” by Mexican artist Jorge Mendez Blake which shows what a book, in this case, Franz Kafka’s The Castle, can do to the foundation of a brick wall. The metaphor invoked resonates...
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Oops

3 Biggest Mistakes When Selecting a College

A huge portion of students have no clue how to choose the right college. How do I know this? Because on average, around one-third of students drop out before the start of their sophomore year. Another third transfer at some...
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To Submit Or Not To Submit

Do I or Don’t I?

The post-COVID world is full of “do I or don’t I” questions: Do I or don’t I wear a mask? Do I or don’t I get a vaccine? Do I or don’t I visit my aging grandmother in the senior...
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To Test Or Not To Test

To Test or Not To Test…That Is the Question

With the advent of COVID and the resulting test-optional policies at most colleges and universities, it may be easy for students to breathe a sigh of relief and turn their attention to other endeavors. Why would students put in countless...
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Summer

Ahhh…Summer

  I often argue that summer is roughly 3 months long. So, a student who leverages her 4 high school summers has a full year of learning, growth, and development over one who doesn’t. However, not all summer activities are...
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