6 Ways to Boost College Applications Over Summer

Summer break is just around the corner -- do you have plans yet? Some students look forward to months of fun in the sun, and there's certainly nothing wrong with a little relaxation. But for students who want to improve their chances of getting into a dream college, summer is also a chance to bolster resumes and college applications. Although a lot of selective summe…

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Posted June 13th, 2015

Memorial Day Isn’t Just a Long Weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer. Each year, tens of thousands of people head for the beaches and theme parks to mark the beginning of a season of fun. But Memorial Day is about much more than a fun holiday weekend. Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the armed forces. Today, the holiday commemorates all fallen veterans, but it originated as …

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Posted May 25th, 2015

So You Think You Know: Labor Day Edition

This weekend is Labor Day. In today's age, Labor Day serves as the official end to summer -- kids go back to school, amusement parks and pools begin closing down, and everything pumpkin flavored hits the stores. But Labor Day wasn't always a final summer holiday. Read on to learn about the history of Labor Day: Labor Day celebrates workers. Many people enjoy the lo…

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Posted August 28th, 2014

Is Summer Vacation Bad for the Nation?

Though we've often written about the dangers of summer learning loss (AKA brain drain), our focus has largely been on how to combat that learning loss for individual students. Students who read during the summer or who participate in educational activities simply don't experience the same level of learning loss as students who lack the access or motivation to engage in ac…

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Posted July 30th, 2014