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The Junior Year

Personality Change on Elm Street

Parents have reported a personality change phenomenon taking place in their once calm, mild-mannered children as they enter 11th grade. The nicest 16 year old, has been reported to sometimes morph into something resembling The Incredible Hulk.

The catalyst preceding the change, according to parents, is any discussion about college choice, college major and college tasks. The behaviors cited by parents include moodiness, agitation and a reluctance to enter into discussions or complete tasks necessary to get ready for college.

Checklist for High School Juniors

Most high school juniors are visiting colleges this year to try them on and determine the best fit. They are also thinking about majors. However few students do more than that in 11th grade. But there are other equally important tasks that are best accomplished prior to the fall of the senior year.

Reading books not required for class is essential for high school students. The most diabolical college entrance question I saw this year was: "List the books you have read in the past year and put an asterisk by those not required for class assignments.