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Week 4 Strategy: Organization

Week 4 Strategy: Organization

The college process is a multi-month exercise of taking in and managing a lot of information. And all that information that matters in getting the money you need and making a solid college choice, not to mention saving time - which is at a premium senior year. Staying...

Fast Flight Friday – August 9, 2019

Fast Flight Friday – August 9, 2019

Happy National Book Lovers Day!   For book fanatics, today is almost better than Christmas! Here’s what I’m planning for my own celebration, along with a few favorite book lover quotes. Hope you’ll be able to join in the fun.   Visiting the Library. The...

Back to School Isn’t Great for Everybody

Back to School Isn’t Great for Everybody

It’s back to school season and my teaching friends are posting photos of their classroom decorations on Pinterest and asking for lesson plan recommendations. Parent friends are Instagramming photos of last minute vacations and their kids with their shiny new shoes and...

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz Logsted

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz Logsted

I Love You, Michael Collinsf by Lauren Baratz Logsted Readers ages 8-12 I didn’t want to like this book.  Other readers’ reflections had created a bit of bias, and I was prepared to be equally (if not more so) critical. Lucky for me, I opened the cover and let myself...

Fast Flight Friday – July 26, 2019

Fast Flight Friday – July 26, 2019

More than once since summer began I’ve been imagining the sounds of crashing waves, endless blue water, and how great it would be to grab a book and head for the beach. Surf and sand isn’t in the cards for me, but I did find a way to swim with the dolphins, track a...

Week 3 Strategy: The Brag Sheet

Week 3 Strategy: The Brag Sheet

Quite a lot of effort goes into studying for the ACT, making your college lists and writing a knockout essay. Even though you might be a bit worn out, resist the temptation to take a laid back approach to securing your letters of recommendation. Many admissions...

Week 2 Strategy: Essay Pre-Writing

Week 2 Strategy: Essay Pre-Writing

A killer essay is a make or break part of your college app, and sets you up to be noticed when competing for scholarships. A good one takes some time to craft. "Written the night before" probably won't cut it, but you can get off to a strong start with these...

Fast Flight Friday – July 12, 2019

Fast Flight Friday – July 12, 2019

It is HOT and I’m working hard to avoid the sweltering heat and humidity. Still, I don’t want to feel trapped inside while summer passes me by.  Here are a few “compromise” picks to check out.   Homemade Popsicles 40 recipes for tastes ranging from kid-friendly...

Week 1: Hunt and Gather

Week 1: Hunt and Gather

Doing this step now will save you valuable time later when you're fully into college and scholarship application and are preparing your brag sheet. An old-school 3-ring is one of the best tools to keep track of your lists, your outlines, drafts and other bits you...

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