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Swing

The Times, They Are a Changing

  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems we wake up every morning, holding our breath, to see what changes are occurring around us. That is nowhere truer than in the state of college admissions. This morning, I...
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Wait! I’ve been Waitlisted?!?

Purgatory. Limbo. It’s neither the jubilation of being admitted nor the clear direction to move on. After months of hard work, and even more months of excruciating anticipation, Dream U has made a decision. You’ve been waitlisted. What do you...
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Yeah

5 Things To Do After Being Admitted to College

The time is here.  Your hard work across the past 4 years has paid off and you are about to embark on the next part of your life’s journey. Once you have made a decision on where you plan to...
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Feet

40 Resume-Worthy Activities You Can Do From Your Living Room Sofa

I have often said that students who leverage their four high school years of summer breaks have a full year of growth and development over those who don’t. However, as academic programs cancel in-person sessions, international travel remains questionable, and...
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Spring

Senioritis

Are you experiencing laziness, apathy, or a generally dismissive attitude?  Are you missing school or not bothering to hand in assignments?  Do Mondays seem extra awful? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is very likely you...
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Kid Praying

Wouldn’t You Be Thankful for Completed Applications?

Yes, Thanksgiving is about food, family and football. But, it’s also the last big chunk of time you are likely to have to complete your college applications before December deadlines hit. If you still have applications left to do (or,...
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Keep Calm And Transfer

How To Craft a Killer Transfer Essay

So, you’ve done your best.  You chose your college wisely.  You prepared for the transition to college. You got out of your dorm room and tried to build a life that was fulfilling academically, socially and personally.  But, no matter...
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Legal

The Complete Candidate’s Transition to College Playbook Part 8: The Legal Stuff

While you may be fully aware that the student you are sending off to college (a.k.a. your baby for the past 18-19 years) may not know how to do laundry, clean a toilet or make anything more complex than a...
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The Complete Candidate’s Transition to College Playbook Part 7: Transferring Out

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you realize that “Dream U” is not so dreamy after all.  Maybe you have discovered that you really want to pursue a degree that is not offered at your current school.  Maybe the...
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Helicopter Parent By Charlie Powerll

The Complete Candidate’s Transition to College Playbook Part 6: The Parent’s Role

I was recently touring a prominent university in the Mid-West when I noticed a young man leave his dorm with a huge basket full of dirty laundry.  A car pulled up and an elegantly dressed lady exited the driver-side door,...
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