Test Prep

How much do SAT scores matter? (A Paradox) 

You’ve probably heard this before, but I’ll say it again: 10 points on the SAT (or, basically one question) isn’t going to make or break your college chances. Really. Also: a mother recently told me that her son missed the cut off for merit aid…

Student Resources

Mindfulness: Am I Breathing? 

How does it work? The basic science of it goes something like this: on a brain scan, the amygdala is the part of our brain that lights up when we’re stressed. The pre-frontal cortex is the part of our brains used to organize information. Get…

Financial Aid

Five FAFSA Myths – Busted! 

What’s the FAFSA? It’s the online form you fill out to get financial aid from the government. To most of you reading this blog, that means this: FREE MONEY. But you can’t get it if you don’t apply. So before we get to the myths,…

College Admissions

Five Common Myths About College Majors 

Myth #4: If I get a humanities or liberal arts degree I’ll be “unemployed and unemployable” because I won’t have any marketable skills. Nope. One recent study suggests, in fact, that over the long haul humanities and social science majors out-earn those who went through professional and…

College Admissions

How to Choose a Major 

So what do you do? Deciding how to pick your major doesn’t have to be all painful. Schwartz has some good advice, which I’ve adapted here for the high school senior picking a major: Decide what’s most important to you. Sound impossible? It’s not, actually. Take…