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Lessons From College Movies

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Movies about admissions and college life offer some major Dos and Don’ts  

College movies throughout the years have offered insights and advice about college admissions and the college experience. Classic films portray students navigating applications, freshmen year, and the college social scene. While many movies include a sound moral, some plot sequences may be questionable to audience members.  

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Wacky College Courses

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 03:52 PM

Who Said Learning Can't Be Fun? Interesting and Odd College Classes

Did you know that at some schools you can take a classes on Harry Potter, how to watch the TV show The Wire, and even one on Lady GaGa’s (actual) fame? Many colleges these days are offering interesting course selections that take pop culture and familiar icons and use them as tie-ins to deeper, more intellectual ideas and lessons. 

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Choosing a Major in College

By IvyWise on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

Finding Your Best Fit Major When You're Already at Your Best Fit School 

In high school, I had all the makings of a future English major.  My favorite classes were English and history because I could express my ideas through writing.  I served as senior editor of the literary magazine and wrote for the school newspaper.  My classmates asked me to brainstorm theses and edit their papers.  I was inspired and challenged by my English teachers, who supported and cultivated my love of reading.  Whenever I discussed my aspirations to study English, my friends joked about my future unemployment.

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5 Essentials for College Freshmen Move-In Day

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

Check Your List and Check It Twice!

The fall semester is here, and with it comes the day new students look forward to the most, and the day some parents dread the most: college move-in day! For many incoming freshmen, this is the first time they will be living away from home, and the task of getting everything they need to survive in only a few boxes can be a tricky one.

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Advice for College Freshmen

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 01:28 PM

IvyWise's Advice for College Freshmen

It's just about time for last year's high school seniors to become college freshmen. Armed with school supplies, extra-long twin sheets, and pictures of family and friends, the college class of 2016 is about to embark on an exciting four-year journey. Recently, our counselors, many of whom are former admissions officers, shared their best advice for students embarking on the college application process. This week, our staff members, including recent graduates from Barnard College, Wesleyan University, and New York University, share the advice we wish we had received before leaving home.

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Are You Hoping to Transfer?

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 01:23 PM

Tips for the Transfer Admissions Process

Nearly one in three college students transfer at some point in their college career. If you've thought about your reasons for transferring and are still sold on the idea, here are some tips from the experts at IvyWise.

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Are You Thinking of Transferring Colleges?

By Sarah Shanahan on Thu, Jan 05, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

Is the Grass Really Greener on Another Quad?

For many seniors, January 1st brought a welcome end to the college application process. For some college students though, the New Year and the completion of the Fall semester bring thoughts of giving the process another go. Perhaps a "dream school" isn't living up to expectations, or life as an engineering student isn't what you thought it would be.

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The Transition from High School to College

By Sarah Shanahan on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 10:31 AM

An IvyWise Student Talks About the Transition to College

I led a relatively sheltered life before leaving for college. As an only child whose parents wanted to ensure that I remained focused, I had been enrolled at an all-girls school for seven years. To their horror, I ultimately chose to attend the farthest school I applied to—Washington University in St. Louis, a shocking 16-hour drive from my home in New Jersey.

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Part 3: Academic, Social, and Financial Advice for College Freshmen

By Sarah Shanahan on Wed, Jul 06, 2011 @ 12:39 PM

Discuss Expectations With Your Parents:

There can be a significant gap when it comes to the expectations students and their parents have surrounding the roles each will play during these formative four years. Your parents, who may be paying for college, may presume that they still have some control over your life and expect you to come to them before making important decisions regarding academics, social life, or finances. However, you may assume that because you are living on your own, you can make your own decisions. Take some time now, as opposed to in the heat of the moment, to reach some common ground regarding resources, priorities, budgets, and values.  Some good topics to discuss are grades and academic commitment, finances (including living expenses, internships and work, and financial responsibility), and lifestyle (such as communication expectations, weekends and nightlife, and future summer plans).

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Part 2: College Freshmen - How to Prepare for the College Transition

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 01:46 PM

Get Into (the) Gear:

One way to feel mentally prepared for your new adventure is to get physically prepared. First, get organized: make piles of things to bring, things to store, things to toss, and things to give away. Most schools have suggestions on their websites of things to bring, as well as those that you should leave behind. This is a great exercise to do with a parent who may be more objective about what you will and won’t need at school. 

Shopping for dorm décor will help you picture where you will be living and get you excited about furnishing your own space. Decorating your dorm room according to your own taste and style will help make it feel like home, which may also ward off any home-sickness. Don’t forget the necessities, including extension cords, cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. These basic items, which were always just there before, signal the realities of independence. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to ask your parents questions, learn basic housekeeping, bookkeeping and checkbook-balancing skills, and start practicing good living habits (like keeping your room tidy!).

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