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Spring: A Time for Choice and Change

As much as New Englanders welcome the spring and eagerly retire the snow shovels as the warm weather approaches, the season brings a mix of emotions for many high school families. Seniors have received their admission decision news, and they are excitedly but cautiously weighing their options. Graduating and beginning the next chapter of life away from home all of a sudden have taken on new meanings. The future that students and parents have been planning for will soon be the present.

The spring is also a time when 11th graders are trying to balance numerous college search and application responsibilities, including taking standardized tests, visiting campuses, working hard in classes, and much more. Juggling these commitments in addition to school work and extracurricular activities is understandably stressful and emotionally draining. All of us can fall into the trap of letting our preparation for the future define how we are living in the present.

So what do the present moments offer us? Spring is a time for new growth, not just for the trees and flowers outside our windows, but also within us. As new chapters begin to unfold and students anticipate new beginnings, we have choices about how we view these changes. Henry Ward Beecher said, "Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith." 

Tomorrow will come regardless of whether we invite it. The choice to approach the future with faith or anxiety determines where tomorrow and the days that follow will lead us. If we are afraid, the path ahead will look and feel very different than if we embrace change with a positive and open mind. 

The coming days will be brighter when holding them with the handle of faith. Please feel free to get in touch if we can be helpful as you and your family navigate the important steps ahead.
Looking Ahead: Spring College Fairs

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Spring college fairs offer exciting opportunities for juniors to explore schools they may apply to, and sophomores can also begin the college search process at these free events that are open to the public.

NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) hosts  college fairs in many US cities during the spring. These fairs are very well attended by colleges located throughout the country and provide a valuable opportunity for students to network with admission officers. To find a college fair near your home, please  click  here . NACAC will host a college fair in Springfield, MA on  April 3-4 . The  Boston fair   will be held on  May 22-23 .

During  MayNEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling) will host  college fairs in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Colleges located throughout the US will be in attendance.  

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a nonprofit organization including various colleges in the US that are featured in the book  Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope. CTCL will be offering  college fairs in many US cities in 2016. The  Boston event will be held on  May 14.

Discover valuable tips here for how you can make the most of your college fair experience.  

All events are free and open to the public.
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Families frequently ask for our assistance when students are seeking summer program opportunities. This resource from RIT highlights co-op, internship and research options for high school students throughout the United States. As a bonus, many of the positions are paid!   
If you need assistance with your summer plans, please let us know. Helping students write cover letters and resumes, as well as search for options that are a good fit for their interests, are just some of the services that we offer.

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