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When I was in high school, I was an intense, focused straight-A student, a typical INTJ (in Meyers-Briggs lingo) with a small, homogeneous group of close friends. With my introverted temperament and singular goal orientation, I was not one for glad-handing with everyone in my 750-student high school class. I remember a classmate, my polar opposite, a [...]

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Employers and graduate school programs are increasingly using online technology such as Skype™ to interview potential applicants. College students may be initially relieved to find out they are going to be interviewed over the Internet, because it is so convenient and, in some ways, less intimidating than a meeting in person in the organization’s offices. However, [...]

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You have heard about everything you’re “supposed” to do to get ready for the “real world” while you’re still in college. Your parents asked you if you’ve stopped by Career Services yet, to start creating a resume for an internship when you’re still a freshman. And of course, you haven’t. But in fact, there are [...]

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As a college and graduate school admissions consultant and career counselor, I work with young adults of all levels of motivation, many who amaze me with their talent, discipline and goal-orientation. Often, however, I find myself nudging clients along, usually at the request of their parents, hoping to breathe life into comfortable suburban twenty-somethings who [...]

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Somehow there is this urban legend that law school admissions is only about the numbers, in contrast to, say, graduate business school. The student forums cynically proclaim that it’s only about your LSAT and GPA, as if nothing else matters. This belief sounded a bit too simplistic to me, so I dug into the class profiles of the top twenty U.S. law schools to see what they look for in JD applicants.

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Resources abound to help you create a resume for internships and your first job out of college. Your college career center is a great place to start, especially because your school may have a specific required template for its resume book and interview sign-up process. The internet has plenty of great sites with resume templates, [...]

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You majored in medieval history, but you ended up in retail merchandising. You still love history, but management and marketing in the real world is actually quite fascinating. You’re better at it than you thought you would be, and judging from that recent promotion, your managers must have faith in you. But your lack of [...]

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No matter what your friends may tell you, elite employers do care about your college grades. This is especially true for competitive summer internships and the most sought-after entry level positions. So with that reality check, what can you do about a lackluster GPA? 1. Switch gears on your grades ASAP. The sooner you start [...]

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It depends… on what you ultimately decide to do, either in college or after college. During undergraduate, you may choose to transfer to a more prestigious school, or apply for a cool study abroad program that requires a good GPA. After college, you may aspire to an elite graduate or professional program, or a top [...]

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Lynn O’Shaughnessy, higher education journalist, author of The College Solution, and expert on all things college and financial at the College Solution Blog and CBS Money Watch, recently wrote a thought-provoking piece called “8 Reasons Not to Get A Business Degree.” I highly recommend Lynn’s post for college students wrestling with the daunting task of [...]

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