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Good advice

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.