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Encourage the Love of Reading

Reading promotes Language Skills

One of the most important activities a parent can do for a child with regards to college preparation is cultivate a love for reading. Research has shown that in the very early childhood years – even before the child is in Kindergarten – reading to a child has huge positive impact on acquiring language skills. Vocabulary expands; curiosity and memory are promoted. One organization that has compiled insightful information on this topic is the “Reach Out and Read Nation Center” in Boston MA.

When our Children Read

We all would love to see our child curled up this winter with a good book as opposed toContinue reading

Unexpected Student Debt

The Impact of Student Debt

“We have over $50,000 in student debt. Now what do we do?” asked a bewildered couple with their daughter who had just graduated from college. “Our daughter is earning $42,000 a year and is in no position to pay her rent and the loan interest.”

Most of us have heard that the student loan debt in the United States is around the $1.3 trillion mark.  This is divided upon many families – both young and old. At present, the $1.3 trillion figure is increasing, rather than decreasing. The above mentioned situation with the couple and their daughter is not as uncommonContinue reading

The GAP Year? A good Idea?

A “Gapper”

Many parents are considering whether their student should go for a “gap year”.   This is a year in which a graduate from either high school or college takes an amount of time – normally for six months or even for a full year – to “do something else”. The student/graduate then is a so-called “gapper”.  The dynamics underlying a successful gap year may be an important factor in the college planning for parents and students.

During this time, students visit foreign counties, take a course (such as a language course or a special interest course) or volunteer to support an organization. Many too decide to spend a year in the work force – earning money and trying to discern what career field they want to pursue.

Gap Year a Good Strategy?

This strategy is prompted by a variety of motivations and a corresponding value Continue reading

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