My 4 Surprises of Greek Life

Welcome to Guest Blogger, Jack Johnson (U of Cincinnati, ’17) When I first entered college, I had no idea what to do with myself. I had more time on my hands than ever before and was looking for ways to make new friends and have a great college experience. Your first day of college can be very overwhelming, as it was for me, but there are ways to adjust to this new lifestyle and make the most of it. I have found that one of the most rewarding decisions a young man can make in college is to join Greek … Continue reading

PLAN B: Dealing with College Rejection

Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. ACCEPTANCE. The cycle of mourning may be new to teens who’ve likely not experienced much disappointment in life, but those whose Plan A for college is thwarted by rejection from their first choice college will need to embark on the cycle and move through it quickly. With many decisions already in hand and the rest coming by April 1st, it doesn’t leave much time before May 1st deposits are due. Once you’ve reached the acceptance stage, you need to dig deep to come up with PLAN B. Denial – Not Possible All over college discussion boards, … Continue reading

Tools for Early Career Exploration

Our guest post is by our new partner Neilye Garrity, Candid Career Co-Founder. A 6 month subscription to CandidCareer.com is included with every LEAP Fit 2 Flourish Consultation Package. How did you find yourself in your first job?  Did you take it for the money?  Was it the career your father or mother did?  Or did you simply not have a better idea?  Whatever the reason, it is too big of a decision to take lightly. Far too many students don’t have all the information to make the best choice or the information is hard to come by, boring to … Continue reading

How NEW is the Overhauled SAT?

I went into the CollegeBoard SAT meeting announcing sweeping changes in 2016 to the SAT a bit skeptical, and I have to say that is where I remain. The first 30 minutes were spent on telling viewers (mainly those of us in the college admissions game) how altruistic the CollegeBoard is. While their heart of accessibility is certainly great, I was hungry for the meat of change. While the changes do create a new test for the second time in a decade (sweeping changes were also made in 2005), on the surface I’m not convinced there’s much cutting edge here. … Continue reading

Tips for Building High School Schedules

As high school students start scheduling for the coming school year, I encourage them to think ahead and think hard to make wise choices. Think Ahead While the choices you make will be in stone for next year, you should sketch out the remaining high school years as well whether you’re one, two or three years from graduation. You’ll want to make certain you are first meeting all graduation requirements.  Next looking ahead to the junior and senior years where you have more room to take what YOU want, you’ll want to pay close attention to prerequisites for those advanced … Continue reading

Testing 101

Each year I speak and write many, many times on topics related to testing: PLAN, ACT, PSAT, SAT and SAT Subject tests. In an effort to give an overview of testing and the many topics for consideration, we are pulling together our greatest hits from the College Bound Blog. The PLAN and PSAT tests are warm-ups for the real thing. Taking these tests and understanding these scores are a first step in planning for ACT and/or SAT success. Lessons Learned from PSAT Results Crystal Ball: The PLAN Test (the PLAN test retires spring 2014) PSAT and National Merit Basics ACT … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from PSAT Results

‘Tis the Season – PSAT results season, that is.  In October most juniors and many sophomores took the PSAT.  Unlike the SAT and ACT where you get results in just over two weeks, PSAT results are finally delivered two months later before you head off on winter break. So now that you’ve got the PSAT score report in your hands, how do you make sense of it? Scores are based on a scale of 20 to 80.  Your Selection Index, used for National Merit purposes (see below), is a total of the three parts (critical reading, math and writing).  It might be … Continue reading

Find Your Fit 2 Flourish in Life

Parents left paying off their children’s’ college debt while the student is a basement dweller in their childhood home.  Empty nesters left with empty retirement accounts after paying for college. Credit card debt extended to its limit.  Why? These families focused on the 4 years instead of the 40. The Four (or Five or Six) Years Most families go about college selection focused on just that – college.  By the junior year, the student is constantly pelted with the question, “Where are you going to college?” Finally in the spring of the senior year, they are able to answer that … Continue reading

Don’t Let Poor Planning Wreck Your Test Scores

Juniors and seniors may be considering fall ACT and SAT testing.  Diving in headfirst without planning can result in less than optimal test scores and a series of problems. Seniors Most seniors testing are actually in a retest scenario knowing that 57% of all students improve their ACT score on a second attempt. If you’ve only tested once as a junior, retesting is recommended.  The higher your starting score the less likely you are to improve on a subsequent attempt. For seniors who have already tested more than once, you need to know what is at stake if you are … Continue reading

So You Didn’t Get a Summer Job

Whether you put off the job search too long or are a victim of the economy, there are still plenty of ways for college bound students to have a productive summer. Rising Seniors A busy fall during application season is unavoidable, but pacing yourself starting this summer can ease the stress and still allow you to enjoy your senior year. Be a researcher. A realistic goal is to have a finalized list of colleges for application by August 1st when the Common App and many others will go online. Starting your search on the web is great and you’ll likely … Continue reading

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