Merry Mix-up: Improving College Options

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It is the time of year when homeschooled high school students are making plans for next year’s academic schedule. As they get into upper level classes there is the temptation, whether for logistical convenience or financial savings, to take all their classes at the local community college. Some kids get so involved on campus that  [read more] …

Forget About College!

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I know it is counterintuitive, but to have the best results in college admissions, you need to forget about college as you make decisions about extracurricular activities. Too many people focus on the final goal and lose sight of what is truly important – the development of our children. Among other things, we want our  [read more] …

Choose a Life, Not a Checklist

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I don’t believe that years ago colleges foresaw the negative implications of an application process that appears to focus on superhuman achievement. It can almost seem that AP classes need to start in grade school and that the kid should cure cancer before starting college applications. Thus, the agenda of things kids think they need  [read more] …

The Tortoise Approach: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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I always choose sanity over chaos. I work ahead, knowing that unpredictable bottlenecks happen in the last hours before something is due. I let things sit for a few weeks and grow cold, understanding that my work is better with time for reflection and enough space to see my mistakes. I tend to plod faithfully  [read more] …