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Which Matters More – High Grades or Challenging Courses?

This is the time of year many students are getting ready to select high school classes for the following school year. With that in mind, I am re-publishing a blog I wrote about the how and why behind choosing high school classes with an eye to future college admission. Andi Teens today are usually in a quandary when deciding what courses to take during high school to enhance their college applications. Are high grades or challenging courses more important?  Should the student go for the “easy” A or take the tough AP course? Should s/he take a college course while [...]

Gap Year Tips

Thinking of Taking a Gap Year? High school seniors have been very busy preparing their college applications and waiting to hear positively or negatively from those colleges. But a growing number of these students are not going to step foot on campus in the fall, electing instead to take a gap year. What is a gap year?  It is a year between high school and college where students explore their interests outside of a school setting. A handful of colleges offer scholarships and fellowships to incoming freshmen who take a gap year. Check with the colleges to which your teen [...]

Benefits of Today’s College Co-Op Programs

These days, the “college internship” can often be viewed as the maximum amount of real-world job experience a college student will get before graduation. In many cases internships are unpaid, and the level of work interns do is a step below the real-world experience an internship is made out to be. For too long, students were forced to accept these internships as a best-case scenario. But now they have options. And one of the best is college cooperative education programs (“co-ops” for short) – which are redefining the college work experience. College co-op programs weave “real world” work experience into a program’s [...]