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Your future freshman is more than his GPA or Test Score

While there is a great deal of emphasis on grade point average (GPA) and test scores, there are other factors that are important to most colleges. One of those important factors is character. Colleges would like to know what kind of campus citizen they are inviting to live on their campus.

This year in particular, I have seen character weigh more heavily in admission decisions. Character is expressed in the extracurricular resume of a student and in what they write about in college admission applications.

Nobody's heard of that school

Whenever I find a few colleges to add to the colleges a student and his parents are considering, I often hear "nobody's heard of THAT school". By that they mean,if I have not heard of that school and my friends are not dying to get in to that one, it can't be much of a college.The parent corollary is "none of my friends are hoping to get their kids into that one, so it can't be much of a college".

One problem that occurs when families are college shopping is that they can fall into the same trap that awaits car shoppers; a brand that they do not know much about is suspect.

Hazed and Confused

Is your kid at risk?

National Hazing Week begins September 21 this year. Hazing is typically a demeaning initiation practice in some sororities and fraternities but also in marching bands, athletic teams and other groups. 

Hazing awareness is the first step in avoiding being hazed. Hazing is a problem because it is disruptive to student success, demeans students and hurts their self esteem. Beyond the psychological harm of hazing, incidents have been blamed for suicides, accidental deaths and serious injuries.

College Admission Myths

 I keep hearing stories about parents panicking this time of year about where their children attend secondary school and what courses they are taking. Specifically, parents tell each other that their children will have a better chance of college admission if they are enrolled at one school vs. another. Or parents obsess about whether their teen should take one course vs another during the senior year.
Some parents are uprooting their children from one high school and enrolling them in another in search of the best opportunities for their children.

Ashton Kutcher got it right

At the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, Ashton Kutcher shared his real first name, Chris, and his opinion of what teens should know. He said that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. That is a profound statement made by a man who has worked in jobs that involved sweeping floors and carrying shingles up ladders to rooftops before he became a famous movie star.
Hard work being a sign of opportunity is an important truth rarely communicated to students. More often, students see music and movie stars with little or no mention of what it took to get to success.