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The Top 7 Ways to Achieve Balance in College

Posted by Colleen Reding on Sep 6, 2016 1:06:44 PM

1. Remember to get what you came for... an education!

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When you get to college, you may become quickly overwhelmed by all the opportunities available to you. Should I cover breaking news for the college paper? Should I sling espresso shots at sleepy coffeeshop patrons? Should I learn how to play Quidditch? Is that even a real thing? These might be some of the questions creeping up as you begin your college career. College students typically spend less than 15 hours a week in class, seemingly leaving plenty of time for sports, jobs, or extracurricular activities. But while the opportunity to explore your passions, meet people who share your interests, and fully immerse yourself in new experiences are part of what makes college so transformative, these co-curriculars can quickly consume your outside-of-class hours and leave you cramming at exam time. The key to achieving academic success is prioritizing your studies over your student involvement and realizing that you came to college to obtain a quality education!

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Topics: student success, students

The 3 Keys to a Successful College Transition

Posted by Colleen Reding on Aug 25, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Movies and television shows don’t always get it right when it comes to depicting what going to college is really like...and thank goodness for that. A cappella groups aren’t as scary as they may seem ...

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Topics: student success, students

Summer Playlist for High School Juniors and Seniors

Posted by Colleen Reding on Jul 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We know. There is a lot going on this summer. Between catching all of the Bulbasaurs in your backyard, to gearing up for Gabby Douglas to bring home the gold in Rio, to playing JT’s CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! on repeat, we wanted to create the perfect summer set list to help you maximize these extra daylight hours to stay on top of your college plans. We asked our expert contributors on AdmitHub’s About Admissions Q&A Forum about how rising juniors and seniors can make the most of the summer... Hopefully these ideas get stuck in your head!

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Topics: College Admissions, students

Freezing "Summer Melt" One Text at a Time

Posted by Colleen Reding on Jun 29, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SATs … check. College applications … check. Final exams … check. Graduation caps … in the air! With high school graduation upon us, it is important to take a moment to commend the Class of 2016 for their accomplishments. They’ve all spent the past four years learning and working toward their high school diplomas, and many have also successfully navigated the complex system that is the college admissions process to earn those precious acceptance letters!

But while it seems like all of the obstacles are behind these college-bound students, research has shown that several barriers to college entry still exist during the summer months. “Summer melt” describes the phenomenon wherein high school graduates who intended to enroll in universities fail to matriculate in the fall. Two professors, Lindsay C. Page (University of Pittsburgh) and Benjamin L. Castleman (University of Virginia), have conducted extensive studies on this subject and found that across different places in the U.S., between 10 percent and 40 percent of college-intending students “melt” during the summer months and don’t enroll in the fall as planned.

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Topics: Georgia State, College Admissions, chatbots, messaging, texting, students

ACCIS: Tips on Nailing the College Interview

Posted by Jody Sanford Sweeney on Jun 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In collaboration with ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools), here's the latest ACCIS blog post:

Do any of your summer college visits include an admissions interview? Don’t let your nerves get in the way! These tips will prepare you for the conversation anytime -- summer, fall or winter.

Know what’s available to you

Learn what interview options the college offers: on campus; regional alumni interview; at the prospect and/or applicant stage; or, no interviews. The opportunity varies by institution and the admissions web page will share the institution’s policy.

What to expect

Admissions officers and alumni interviewers enjoy getting to know students. They will try to put you at ease and learn about you, while giving you information about the college. Conversations can take on a “life of their own.” You may connect over a mutual interest and the conversation could take off.

To have a purposeful conversation that makes an impact, consider these 10 questions:

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Topics: ACCIS, College Admissions, students