When parents and educators launched the “self-esteem” movement in the 1980s, lavishly praising kids and handing out trophies to all, they expected everyone would try harder. But the opposite was true. Coddled kids became softer, slower and less likely to persevere. In other words, they didn’t learn grit. “This is not a gritty generation,” says Caroline Adams Miller, a Bethesda-based author and speaker. “They become … read more...
Applying to college is taxing, from the first college visit until the final decision is made. Perhaps no time in the process is more stressful than ticking through these cold weeks of December, politely dodging questions of aunts and cousins, waiting for a stranger in an office to decide what your next four years will look like. Dr. Sonia Lupien of the Center For Human Stress Studies has a clever acronym for our top stress buttons, and waiting … read more...
College admissions committees are a tough crowd and have high expectations for your college application essay. You won’t gain their acceptance with generic, hastily prepared essays; they want insight, solid examples of your experience, quality writing and a genuine voice, to name just a few. Voice, especially, can offer admissions counselors insight into who you are as an individual. It’s a way to stand out from the pack—just be sure that it … read more...
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