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Author: Sarah Good

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Sarah Good is a journalist who has covered everything from small town elections to international financial fraud. She is also private tutor with more than 10 years experience unraveling the mysteries of standardized tests and college applications.

Posted July 23, 2019, 9 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments

How many of these summer activities have you ticked off your list? How’s your summer going? We’re just about at the halfway mark, so this is a good time to stop and assess what you’ve done with your big break so far. Hopefully you’ve managed to relax a bit, do something productive, and even have a little fun. But have you made the most of it? Here are 10 things we think every teen should do this summer. How many have you achieved so far? Do some good: It’s not too late to get some community service in this summer. ...

Posted July 19, 2019, 9 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Farm volunteering

Students interested in fighting hunger, preserving the environment, or helping local econonmies should consider these food-related volunteer opportunities. One of the most common ways for young people to pursue community service is through volunteer work in a food pantry or soup kitchen. And this popularity makes sense: It is meaningful, satisfying work. In the course of just a few hours you can clearly see the impact you have on the lives of those you help. The good news is that there is a growing number of service options for those interested in helping ensure people have access to ample, nutritious ...

Posted July 5, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Paying for College

It can be fun to daydream about college: the ivy-draped campus, making new friends in the dorm, long intellectual discussions with like-minded classmates. Thinking about paying for it all, however, is far less fun. For the 2018-19 school year, the average cost for an in-state student at a four-year public college was $9,716, according to U.S. News & World Report. Want to attend a private school? The average price tag skyrockets to more than $35,600. And the numbers keep inching up every year. So what are educationally ambitious students — and their parents — to do? Fear not: You have ...

Posted July 2, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments

Everyone worries. How will I do on that test? What if I’m late for work? Is my friend mad at me? And because everyone has some familiarity with worry, it is to think of anxiety disorders as just a more intense form of the nerves we all experience. Anxiety disorders, however, are a very different experience from everyday anxiety. People suffering from anxiety disorders feel constantly on edge, sometimes fretting over specific issues, other times just overwhelmed by a sense of general worry. And those dealing with these disorders often have a very difficult time controlling their anxious reactions, even ...

Posted June 25, 2019, 10:54 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Social media

You Snapchat and you Instagram, and sometimes you tweet. Occasionally you even spend a few minutes on Facebook catching up with your aunts and uncles. Social media is a fact of contemporary life, just another way to keep the conversation going with your friends and classmates. Sometimes, though, this comfort with free-flowing digital dialogue can have a pretty severe downside. Earlier this month, Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, reported on Twitter that his admission to Havard was rescinded when racist texts he had sent in the past surfaced. And two years ago, 10 students lost their chance ...

Posted June 18, 2019, 3:09 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Summer Study

Summer is perfect for sleeping in, long days at the beach, and relaxing with friends. And you should definitely do those things. But with a little careful though, summer can also be a time for boosting your chances of getting in to your dream college. Even if you’re not heading in to your senior year, it is never too soon to build skills, pursue extracurricular activities, and discover more about who you are and what your want. Here are five ways to get started: Get a job This one may be a little obvious, but it is a traditional way ...

Posted June 14, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Volunteer Resume

Community service is an essential part of the learning experience. It offers the satisfaction of helping improve the world in which you live, helps you gain new perspective, and teaches you about people and places you might never have known about otherwise. Volunteering can also offer some practical advantages in addition to the social and emotional benefits. Service work looks great a college application and is a great resume builder, especially when you have little paid work to list. Community service is particularly good at developing and demonstrating your soft skills, the behaviors, attitudes, and aptitudes that can help you ...

Posted June 11, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Learn a foreign language

So you’ve decided to take a gap year to explore the world a bit and figure out what you really want to do when you head to college. Now it’s time to plan what you’re going to do with all that time. Let us humbly suggest using a portion of your gap year to learn a new language. Why? If we’re being practical about it, knowing more than one language is an incredible resume-booster and can open lots of professional doors for you in the future. Foreign languages can help you out in less direct ways as well: Studying a ...

Posted June 4, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments

Whether you are still in high school or already deep in your college education, you’re almost certainly being bombarded by people asking what career you want to pursue and where you might want to get a job. And, to be sure, there are plenty of great companies to work for doing amazing things. For some people, though, the lure of entrepreneurship is strong. The reasons to consider starting your own venture are plentiful: the chance to create something from the ground up, to bring your own vision to life, to experience the exhilaration of success. And when you’re an entrepreneur ...

Posted May 28, 2019, 4 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Finals Studying

The school year is drawing to an end. Soon it will be time for summer fun (perhaps an outdoor adventure or a sports camp?), but first, you have to get through finals. Studying for not just one but several high-stakes tests can certainly be a daunting prospect. So start here, and review our 11 tips for making your finals prep smooth and painless. OK, well, almost painless. Make a schedule: Start by figuring out which tests are scheduled for when. Then figure out which ones you need to do the most work for. Once you have a sense which exams ...

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