008: College Spotlight on U of VI with Joe Charles

Today’s College Spotlight is on the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas.  Why didn’t I know this place existed when I was applying to schools?!  Oh yeah, because I was searching for colleges based entirely on prestige and rank. Anyway, Joe Charles is our guide on this virtual campus tour, and he is […]

005: The Need for Individuality as a College Life Skill with Joe Golonka

episode 1 of 6 in a series

Joe, a senior at Penn State, shares insights about what it takes to be successful in college and in life.  Today we discuss individuality: the ability to be one’s self without the (negative) influence of those around you. We discuss various ideas around this topic, including questions about Conformity (pros and cons) Should I pledge […]

The Art of Self-Directed Learning

A different way to look at education

I recently had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Blake Boles, author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, at a local learning cooperative event.  Boles is the director of Unschool Adventures and the founder of Zero Tuition College. If you’re not familiar with Boles’s work, you have at least heard about people like him, people who believe […]

A Mentor’s Credibility

Does Your Mentor Have What You Want?

The most important characteristic of a great mentor is that he or she has or has accomplished what you want.  This can be expressed in looking for the “fruit on the tree” – if I’m looking for apples, I will choose an apple tree as the source of my seeds.  If I want corn, I […]

Why You Don’t Need to Fear Rejection

Almost all success has humble beginnings!

In my previous post on overcoming the fear of college application rejection I highlighted three famous examples of people who faced rejection and achieved great things anyway.  Before moving on to the key to overcoming the fear of rejection, I feel the need to address a common objection to those examples.   Many students hear […]

Don’t Fear Rejection!

How you can apply to college with confidence

Many people fear rejection, and the threat of not getting into a top school looms large for many students when they are applying.  The slippery slope of questions around rejection abound: What will I do if I don’t get into a good school?  What will my friends think?  How will I be successful?  How will […]

Collaboration or Conflict?

College Applications Can Bring Out the Best and the Worst in a Parent-Student Relationship

Note: This is the first installment of a series entitled, “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”.  To get your free copy of the full report click here. Nothing sours the excitement of choosing a college more than making the college application process a source of stress or frustration between student and […]

Don’t Procrastinate on Your Application!

Why Cramming the College Application Process into a Weekend Is a Recipe for Disaster… and Why Students Continue to Do It!

Note: This is the third installment of a series entitled, “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”.  To get your free copy of the full report click here. By the time they reach their senior year of high school, many students have become masters of cramming for tests and are fairly adept […]