Hard Work Pays Off

Why Rigor Matters

Choosing classes in high school can feel like a high-stakes game of Tetris. You’re trying to fit all the required courses into your schedule, while also trying to find time for extracurricular activities and maybe even a part-time job.  And,...
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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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  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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Congrats! You Were Admitted to Your ED School!

You did it! You worked hard. You managed through the adversity of COVID, online learning, canceled test dates, and unprecedented surges in application numbers (up 102% at Colgate!) But, your perseverance and strategic thinking paid off. You were admitted to...
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The Complete Candidate’s Transition to College Playbook Part 4: Go Beyond the Beach This Summer

Sure, your last summer of high school is a time to have one last hurrah with your high school friends over late night bonfires and “almost adult” parties.  While you are all excited about the future that awaits each of...
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College Transition Roller Coaster

The Complete Candidate’s Transition to College Playbook Part 1: The College Roller Coaster

Yes, going off to college is exciting.  It is full of new adventures and possibilities.  It is an opportunity to have exhilarating experiences and to meet new people.  But, it can also be a bit scary.  For many students, college...
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