College Advice – Consider the Source
Jun07

College Advice – Consider the Source

When it comes to college advice, it seems like everyone’s an expert. Word to the wise: consider your source.

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Tips for Making a College Admission Video with your Webcam
Apr26

Tips for Making a College Admission Video with your Webcam

Neither technophobia, a busy schedule, or a tight budget should stand in your way if you want to make a video essay. Give your subject some thought, but once you’ve nailed down your idea, you can go to the privacy of your room and produce, direct and star in your own magnum opus.

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What Would You Do: High School Final Exam Policies
Aug03

What Would You Do: High School Final Exam Policies

Do you have a family rule that overrides your high school’s policy on final exams?

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Tonight on #CampusChat: The College Scam
Jul11

Tonight on #CampusChat: The College Scam

CampusChat resumes tonight with 0ur guest:  Bruce Sallan, dad, writer, radio host, founder of #DadChat. Is the idea that everyone should go to college a scam? As a parent of two college-bound teens, Bruce is no stranger to ups-and-downs and ins-and-outs of getting your kid into college–and, worse, paying for it! Find out what we mean about the "college scam" tonight on #CampusChat: 9PM Eastern, 8PM Central, 7PM Mountain, 6PM Pacific.  To participate, use the hashtag "#campuschat" when you tweet. Follow Smart College Visit on Twitter @collegevisit and Bruce @BruceSallan. Bruce is author of  A Dad's Point of View: We Are Half the Equation.  For more information about Bruce and his take on parenting, teens, marriage (and college), go to BruceSallan.com or Facebook at A Dad's Point of View. ~~~  #CampusChat is an open forum on Twitter that meets on Wednesdays at 9PM Eastern.  Check our Lineup to find out about upcoming chats and the Archive for chat transcripts....

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Nancy Berk Explores College Tuition Sticker Shock
Sep17

Nancy Berk Explores College Tuition Sticker Shock

What’s a parent to do once all the college tours are over and journey through the college admissions process comes to an end? Author Nancy Berk, honorable mention award winner in the 2010 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, explores the possibilities.   Sticker Shock It fell out of the most important letter of the year. A thin adhesive sticker tucked inside the anxiously awaited university acceptance letter. “Mom, I got in!” my son exclaimed. “Now you can get off my back.” I might have cried but I was too busy thanking a higher power for giving me my life back. The admissions office insisted I didn’t owe them that phone call. Like proud parents everywhere, I took the highly coveted university decal mobile. Clinging to the rear window of our SUV, the victory sticker symbolized closure from a process I thought would never end. This would be the last and most expensive decal on the journey of parenthood. Soon the nest and the bank account would be empty. “What will you do with your time now that you won’t have to nag him to write essays and study SAT words?” my mother asked.  That’s when it hit me…maybe I could offset college sticker shock by creating my own line of empty nest bumper stickers. I was never a bumper sticker mom but I’ve spent enough time on the road to notice the epidemic. Ever since they took baby on board, people have been taking their family business out for a test drive. For the put-it-out-there proud and bragging parent, car decals are a way of life. For some, they are the best invention since vanity plates. We know their children’s names, sports, musical instruments, and grade point averages. If the university sticker is the end of an era, empty nesters will be in decal deprivation once their honor students secure bachelor’s degrees.  “Let me get this straight, you feel obligated to create a line of midlife bumper stickers?” My husband wasn’t convinced.  “That’s right, there are creatures of habit out there with midlife messages to broadcast. I can’t sit by and watch them drive off into the sunset of their lives in sticker-less sedans proclaiming absolutely nothing.” I showed him three samples. For the midlife driver with night vision problems: “I Brake For Just About Everything” For the midlife driver with a little extra time: “I Heart Naps” For the empty nester with senior moments: “I THINK My Kid Was An Honor Student” “Those are very cute,” he conceded, “but this sounds like a big commitment. I kind of thought you’d have some time for me once the kids were gone.” “Excellent...

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