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Seniors: How To Decide Which College Is Right for You

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2015 10:07:47 AM / by Carol Barash posted in financial aid, seniors, parents, college acceptance, college decision, choosing the right college

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by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story2, and author of Write Out Loud
© 2015 Story2. All rights reserved.

It’s happening! Emails trickle in. Friends have big smiles. Or not. By the end of March you will pretty much know your choices. And you will have a month to decide which college to go to. Maybe you were admitted to your top choices; maybe not. Maybe with scholarships; maybe not. Maybe a couple wait lists. Now what?

How do you sort through and make the right decision for you and your family? Try these three steps to help you decide which college is right for you:

1. Consider all your choices

Consider the strengths of all your choices. Also, be honest about any deal-breakers at those places. Revisit as many of the colleges as possible and talk to students you know who go there. Ask tough questions:

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10 Things High School Juniors Should Start Doing Now

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2015 12:11:00 PM / by Jocelyn Johnson posted in college admission, juniors, what to do, college process, college admission strategy

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by Jocelyn Johnson, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Story2,
© 2015 Story2. All rights reserved.

As colleges prepare to send out their acceptance letters to the Class of 2019 this week, the focus now shifts to current high school juniors’ admission process. So juniors, as you watch your senior friends receive their application status updates, here are 10 things you should start doing now to prepare for your own college admission process:

1)  Ask yourself “Why college?”

Before you embark on the college admission journey, ask yourself “Why college?” Not a specific school, but college in general. What does a college education mean to you? What will you gain? What do you want to achieve in college and beyond, and why is a college education the key to getting there? Knowing the answer this question will empower you throughout your admission process.

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8 Tips for Multicultural Students Attending an Admitted Students Weekend

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2015 11:22:00 AM / by Jocelyn Johnson posted in first generation, college decisions, college visits, first generation college students, multicultural students, admitted students weekends

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by Jocelyn Johnson, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Story2,
© 2015 Story2. All rights reserved.

 (Image source: goshorty.net)

“Remember when you visited Vanderbilt for their multicultural students preview weekend?” my mom asked. She was doing some spring cleaning and found my college acceptance letters tucked in a corner in our study. “You called halfway through the weekend crying saying you wanted to come home,” she continued. We laughed and reminisced about where I applied and my results.

Although I had forgotten about that embarrassing moment, I do recall attending several multicultural student weekends: including Vanderbilt’s MOSAIC and The Essence of Emory. My experiences at those preview weekends played an important role in making my final college decision. Here are 8 tips for first-generation and diverse students to get the most of an admitted students weekend:

1) Get the real story from current students

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College Visit Checklist: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Campus Visits

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM / by Diane Thomas posted in college visits, college process, college planning, Guest Post

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Guest post by Diane Thomas, editor of Student Advisor, Scholarship Advisor, and Learning Advisor 

Image source: harverford.edu

Spring is in the air and that means one important thing—high school juniors are starting to research colleges. Between internet searching and the recommendations of family, friends, and guidance counselors, college lists are forming and plans will soon be made to visit campuses across the country. Studies show that a campus visit is often the deciding factor in whether or not a student applies to a particular college, so it’s important to plan your trip for success.

To get the most out of your upcoming campus visits, be sure to follow this college visit checklist:


1. Visit campus when school is in session.

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First-Generation Students: How to Find Colleges That Are Right for You

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2015 4:51:00 PM / by Elizabeth Chereskin posted in first generation, college planning, Guest Post, first generation college students

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Guest post written by Elizabeth Chereskin, Content Manager at College Greenlight

Students compiling their college lists may often ask themselves “Where can I get in?” While this is an important question, we suggest students (especially first generation college students) think of it this way: “What services can the school provide for me?”  Thinking about how a school can best support you throughout your education can be the key to success both to and through college.

At College Greenlight, you can explore and connect with colleges that are looking for students just like you and want to make sure you are able to maximize your education.  While trying to figure out what college will be best for you, we recommend considering the following student support services and which ones can be the most helpful to you:

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3 Common Misconceptions About the SAT vs the ACT

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2015 5:55:10 PM / by Steve Dorfman posted in sat, act, test prep, Guest Post, standardized testing

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Guest Post by Steve Dorfman, owner of Tier One Tutors

Now that the ACT has taken over the SAT as the most popular college entrance exam in America, parents and students find themselves asking the question of which exam should they take as well as if they should get private SAT tutoring or private ACT tutoring to prepare for the exams.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation that is floating around the internet and study halls nationwide and it has led to three major misconceptions about the exams.

Misconception #1: The ACT is a better test for kids that are good students but bad test takers. 

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The 10 Best Online Resources for College Applications

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2015 11:39:00 AM / by Jocelyn Johnson

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by Jocelyn Johnson, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Story2,
© 2015 Story2. All rights reserved.

image source: http://studenteduloan.com/

The college admissions process can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a ton of online resources for students that support you at each stage of the college application process—and many of them are free! Here are the 10 best online resources for college applications:

Story2

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#SocialStories: A Dia-blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2015 3:19:00 PM / by Carol Barash posted in storytelling, Guest Post, social media, #SocialStories

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#SocialStories is a dia-blog between Carol Barash, founder of Story2 and Alan Katzman, founder of Social Assurity.

February 20, 2015: Getting Started

Alan:  The combination of storytelling techniques with social media’s publishing capabilities connects people with the issues that matter to them--online and off.

Carol and I were introduced through the Parents League of New York. A series of phone conversations led to IRL Starbucks meetings where the concept of #SocialStories was born.

At Starbucks, Carol and I shared stories about our lives and by way of that storytelling we realized we shared a similar vision, based in authenticity.

Two principles guide this discussion:

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The Top Three “Survival Tips” For SAT Test Day

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2015 4:45:00 PM / by Steve Dorfman posted in sat, act, test prep, standardized testing

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Guest Post by Steve Dorfman, owner of Tier One Tutors

For over a million students every year, their SAT test day is a gloomy one. The stress, pressure, anxiety, and butterflies prove to be all too much for most 16 year olds. However, here are three important tips that can help any student take back control of this important day.

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15 Competitive Summer Opportunities for High School Students

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2015 9:58:00 AM / by Jocelyn Johnson posted in summer job, summer, summer internships, summer programs

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by Jocelyn Johnson, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Story2,
© 2015 Story2. All rights reserved.

Close your eyes and imagine what it’ll be like when summer does come. What will you be doing?  Well, unless you want to be sitting on the couch for 12 weeks, the time is now to begin applying for summer programs. Here’s a list of 15 competitive summer opportunities* waiting for your application, plus 3 bonus resources for your summer planning!

Pre-College Programs

JSA Summer Programs

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