Archive for February, 2015

Revised: Meaningful/Enriching Summer Programs On A Shoestring (for ages 12-25)

February 22, 2015

With all the snow this year, many families may wonder whether there will even be a 2015 summer. It may seem months away, but if your high school student is interested in pursuing a summer program, here are some great, reasonably priced or free programs to consider. College admissions officers care what students do outside of school.

Lorna Sheridan's Education Roundup

I know that summer just ended but I have gotten a lot of questions about summer programs so here are new listings and revised links. Some of these programs change their web site addresses annually. If the link I provide doesn’t work, don’t give up, just google the program name and let me know. If you would like me to delve into new areas, send me a request.

Free programs are great not only because they are free (!) but they tend also to be much more impressive to colleges (because they tend to be selective). The best ones (free and selective) require applications prior to Christmas.

My rule of thumb for what constitutes a good value is a sleepaway/residential program that is FREE or less than $750/week… so I have about 30 here that are FREE and then the others are around $500 for the week (or less).  I have…

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Combat senioritis before it is too late

February 10, 2015

It is easy for high school seniors to feel like their last semester doesn’t matter and give into senioritis. Not a good idea. College acceptances are conditional and a serious drop in grades or bad behavior can lead to a later rejection.

JLV College Counseling

Waiting for Time to Pass by Richard Phillip Rucker licensed under CC BY 2.0Waiting for Time to Pass by Richard Phillip Rucker licensed under CC BY 2.0

Senioritis is a real thing for many graduating high school seniors. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines senioritis as, “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” It is easy to have the high school “finish line” within reach and say, “I’m done,” and neglect or not try as hard to complete assignments or study for tests. However, students need to address senioritis before it has a negative effect on their future.

Most signs of senioritis are easy to spot. Common signs of senioritis can include lower grades, not completing assignments, and cutting classes. Other signs can be spending much more time with friends, laziness, and finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. If parents and students are paying attention, they should be able…

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