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8.21 But what about my grades in twelfth grade?

My last newsletter addressed the importance of your grades in ninth, tenth and eleventh grades. Those grades are the academic foundation on which a student applies to U.S. colleges. Does this mean your grades in your final year don’t count? Twelfth grade counts! If...

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8.18 Is the end of the semester overwhelming?

Are you about to finish ninth, tenth or eleventh grade? Do you feel like you are up to your ears in end-of-year exams, internal assessments, an overdue proposal for your senior thesis or Extended Essay, the championship sports match, a looming internship–and...

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8.17 You’re not gonna wanna hear this

Are you learning English outside an English-speaking country? It’s tempting to pick up stray bits of the language from other teenagers whose native language is English, or who have recently spent time in an English-speaking country. It gives your own English the...

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8.16 Marketing luxury goods: a career for you?

Students often wonder what classes they should take now, to prepare themselves for a successful career in business. Today’s answer may surprise you. At a conference on MBA admissions, I spoke with a dean of Hautes Etudes Commercials (HEC), a top international...

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8.15 Break the tie!

Did you take a practice SAT and a practice ACT. Were the results close? Here’s a tip on how to break the tie. Ask yourself: Which test fits best into my schedule? Go to the official websites of the companies that administer the tests. Make a list of the dates on...

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8.14 I’ll take one of each, please

If you are planning to apply to university in the United States, or a number of other English-language programs, such as the bachelor’s program in international business at Bocconi–you will almost certainly need to take the SAT or ACT exam. But how do you...

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8.13 How to deal with jet lag

What’s your favorite way to deal with jet lag? Melatonin? Resetting your internal clock hour by hour? Taking four tablets of Dr. Whizgig’s Magical Anti-Jet Lag Formula? There’s a reason that people are always keen on finding a quick fix for jet lag. Jet lag is...

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8.12 How would you feel?

Hurray! You were accepted at a whole list of colleges! Did you know instantly which college was your first choice? Or have you narrowed it down to the two or three you are now visiting? In the excitement over making your final choice–your final...

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