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8.49 How to make it through December

December is upon us, and the students I've spoken with in the past days are struggling to keep up with their end-of-semester assignments, prepare for final exams, and in the case of college applicants, finish their applications! Students who filed Early Action or...

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8.48 Wake up! It’s time for the SAT!

Are you registered for the December second SAT? Good! I know that many of you have been studying diligently for quite a while now. But wait! Do you feel like the student in the picture? Athena Advises There is one last step I'd like you to take the night before the...

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8.47 99¢ CyberMonday college workbook offer!

Surprise! The Athena Mentor College Admissions Workbook 2018 is now out in paperback. It's available on amazon.com and many other national Amazon sites. To celebrate, we're offering a CyberMonday deal: the Kindle edition of the workbook is available on Monday for only...

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8.46 Happy Thanksgiving! This means you!!

November! Both the autumn harvest and the Early Decision applications are in. It's time for Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? I am increasingly thankful for old friends, such as my high school classmate, Farimah. The photo of the grape arbor below was taken...

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8.44 Autocorrect–or automatic nightmare?

Raise your hand if you never use the autocorrect function! I thought so. Autocorrect has become ubiquitous--and if you're not sure how to spell "ubiquitous," autocorrect will jump in! Unfortunately, it sometimes jumps in with the wrong word. This happened in our last...

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8.43 Who won the Nobel Prize in Economics?

So many students today tell me they plan to major in economics--and so few can tell me anything about what's new in economics today! So quick, now: Who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for 2017? And why should you care? It's on amazon.com at:...

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8.42 Romeo and Juliet

Do you think you can write a better love story than Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? Don't worry: that prompt has yet to make it to the Common Application! So why am I bringing it up? Right about now, some of you are wracking your brains for an original response to the...

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8.41 Fall Break? Vocabulary To Go!

You can't drag 100 pounds of books with you on fall break! Try this instead. Spoiler alert! Writing asinine sentences will not help you! And if you don’t know what “asinine” means, please look it up! Athena Advises No one can learn 500 words in a night—but anyone can...

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8.40 NYU vs. Columbia: Which is better?

I was recently up at Columbia, showing the campus to a visitor. Yes, Columbia has a campus. From the steps of Low Memorial Library, the statue of Alma Mater looks serenely--or is it longingly--across the green at Butler Library, uniting with her gaze the two great...

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