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The college supply list ain’t what it used to be

The college supply list ain’t what it used to be

August 9, 2017 | Posted in: High School

August is here. Our last month to enjoy warm summer evenings and extended family time before the school year begins. August also shifts our attention to back-to-school shopping, especially for college students whose classes typically begin before the end of the month (if not before). The college back-to-school list has changed drastically since I went […]

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Video: Like ice cream? There’s a scholarship for that.

Video: Like ice cream? There’s a scholarship for that.

January 18, 2017 | Posted in: High School

Scholarships just for being tall?
Free money for knitting hobbyists?
A grant for liking ice cream?

Yes, yes and how did we not know about this as kids?
Last year, over $3 billion in grant funds went unused. There are scholarship opportunities for all students, you just have to know where to look.

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College debt: Know what you can afford

College debt: Know what you can afford

March 17, 2016 | Posted in: High School

“What can I do to put you into a college today?” Deciding on a college isn’t exactly the same as buying a new car, says Cobleskill-Richmondville Guidance Counselor Kristin Komarinski, but many of the same rules apply. “As with any big purchase, there are a lot of things to consider,” says the guidance counselor of […]

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Coalition to offer online, collaborative approach for building college-application portfolios

January 28, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

In a move some of the nation’s top colleges and universities say will help students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds apply for college, a new “Coalition Application” is set to launch in April. Similar to the Common Application, which allows students to apply to several colleges at once through a single portal, the Coalition Application would […]

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Students casting wide nets in college search

November 22, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

How many is too many? The same question that can creep up on us late at night while staring into a bag of cookies is one that high school seniors and their families grapple with more and more when it comes to college applications. These days, it is not unusual to hear a college-bound senior […]

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Empty nest is full of opportunity

October 19, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

My nest is empty and, for the first time in oh, about 30 years, my house is pretty darn clean. In the weeks that followed the August departure of my youngest son to a college several hours away, I indulged myself in the good life: impromptu getaways with my husband, late dinners in nearby restaurants, […]

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What is one thing you wish you knew in high school?

What is one thing you wish you knew in high school?

June 24, 2015 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

This season of moving up ceremonies and graduations makes us think back to our own high school years. It seems, looking back, that life was so simple then. From our adult perspective, those molehills were really just molehills. Yet back then, in the moment, they were towering, steep mountains that seemed impossible to climb. With […]

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Six qualities to set you apart from the crowd

May 14, 2015 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

We know, graduation is still several weeks away, but we got thinking about tidbits of good advice accumulated through the years that might benefit high school students getting ready to step out into the world. With all the talk about the value of 21st century “soft skills” for college and workplace success, this handful of […]

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Online courses offer rigorous educational opportunities

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Technology is expanding educational opportunities and could, to some degree, level the playing field for college-bound students from lower-income school districts. New York State Education Department several years ago launched a statewide virtual learning initiative to support school districts that wanted to provide online and blended learning opportunities. As part of that effort, the state […]

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College application essays can introduce the real you

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

Seniors deep into completing college applications are wrestling with one of the most personal parts of the process: the college essay. While grades matter and extracurricular activities count, many college counselors will tell you that a college essay is where you can truly set yourself apart from the rest of the pack. “Let your life […]

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