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College Counseling, Uncategorized

College Counseling Personification Activity #1: I am a College/University!

Follow this five-part series of activities for students interested in applying to college. This is part 1! Personification is the act of giving something that is non-human, human properties, which can be useful when talking about the college you want to attend. Each college, with their location, history, types of students they admit, and their… Continue reading College Counseling Personification Activity #1: I am a College/University!

College Counseling, Personal Life, Uncategorized

Do you really make an impact?

After already living out most of my college career, it was time for my high school best friend to pick the college of her dreams. She had narrowed it down to two choices. Since I lived in the dorms, I didn't get to visit her as often as I used to. But now it was… Continue reading Do you really make an impact?

College Counseling, Uncategorized

Review of Colleges that Change Lives

Bottom Line: Colleges that Change Lives is a refreshing and re-invigorating look at the college guide genre. It suffers from a lack of California options and frank discussions on financial aid. Most books in the college guide genre have money sign logos indicating that a school is a “great value”, fun-fact information boxes and admissions… Continue reading Review of Colleges that Change Lives

College Counseling, Education Policy, Uncategorized

High school counseling and individualized plans are key to student success

Note: This is my entry to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Wonkathon contest.    Exactly two years ago, March 2016, I was in the trenches as a high school special education teacher. I would leap from classroom to classroom, borrowing them from the general education teachers during their prep time. I was trying to balance… Continue reading High school counseling and individualized plans are key to student success