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Teaching Students to Show, Not Tell

Here is an article that is very relevant to college application essay writing, written by Mark Spitzer in Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26, 2012.   In his epic poem A Season in Hell, the surly French poet Arthur Rimbaud proposes that the Devil likes writing that lacks “descriptive” qualities. Rimbaud then makes a stand […]

Top 10 Things for Parents to Remember

Excellent tips for parents during the college application process — from Middlebury College Admissions: www.middlebury.edu/admissions/start/parents It is good, of course, that students and parents approach this process jointly, but we all know that at its best, the process itself can prepare students for the independence that they will experience in college. The following list contains […]

College searching: what information matters and why

This summer rising seniors and juniors are actively researching colleges in order to plan trips and identify the schools to which they may want to apply. These are indeed important summer activities, and there is no shortage of resources to use – from college guides like Fiske to online search engines and college websites. But […]

Summer Reading Suggestions 2012

We hope that this summer you will enjoy the opportunity to read more widely than you are free to do during the school year. Every one of us at College Goals is hankering for some slow summer days and a pile of good books at our elbow, or on our Kindle . . . We […]

Unconventional Paths

When you think of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), you think of brilliant students with brilliant futures. But did you ever think that a blossoming young printer turned Peace Corps director would ever become an MIT graduate? Alan White’s life motto is, “Follow unconventional paths: they will take you where you want to go”. Indeed, […]