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Get the inside scoop on all things college with Paige – Mom and College Planning Expert.

“As both a college planning professional and a mom of a high schooler who is just about to take the plunge into the collegiate pool, I love and can appreciate the personalized approach we take with each client. We don’t believe in a perfect school solution. It’s not that there’s a “perfect” school out there for your child, but instead we like to find a perfect fit in a great program for each teen. The right fit starts the student off on the right foot, and I love helping families and teens find that fit.”

-Paige Chapman-Layland

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It’s the most important essay of your high schooler’s life–the college essay… and it can make or break your teen’s college applications. No pressure or anything. Right? That’s what we thought. This time is really stressful for your teen. They’re working so hard on their GPA…and they’re putting together an excellent list of activities and experiences. In previous years, the essay was just one small part of the larger college application. But now? It remains uncertain whether or not schools will remain test-optional for the Class of ‘22. If current trends prevail, the college essay will continue to be a…
It’s the most important essay of your high schooler’s life–the college essay… and it can make or break your teen’s college applications. No pressure or anything. Right? That’s what we thought. This time is really stressful for your teen. They’re…
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Part 3So, we’ve already talked about what career development is. Let’s get back to talking about why career development is important, aka, my favorite part! Honestly, there are a lot of reasons why career development is important. The key reason…
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Part 2So, last time we talked about what career development is. Now I want to talk about the things you should consider while you’re exploring. The first thing you want to take into consideration is who you are. After that,…
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Lucky us! IN College Planning Advisor Alecea Howell shares her thoughts about the importance of career development in the college planning process. Interested in working with amazing Alecea, or one of our other incredible advisors on your own career plan?…
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Anyone remember Ramona Quimby, star of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books? A favorite of mine as an early reader, it was fun to share her effervescence with my own kids when they were young. We especially loved her first day in…
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By Paige Chapman-Layland I have been asked tens of thousands of questions by my children.  Some (“Will you read me another story/Should I clean the bathroom now/Am I your favorite child?”) are met with an emphatic “yes.”  Still others (“Should I…
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By Paige Chapman-Layland As both a college planning professional and mom of a teen, Paige has the inside scoop. Always. Hold on to your hats! College Board has decided to do away with the SAT’s optional essay and subject tests,…
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By Yoshi Akutsu, Lead College Planning Advisor (Bexley) Many colleges and universities consider academic rigor an important factor in admissions decisions. Academic rigor refers to the challenge posed by educational experiences and expectations. High school success in rigorous classes is…
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By Paige Chapman-Layland Have you heard the news?  According to a recent article in The New York Times, the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) has been kicked to the curb!  That’s right, FAFSA filers, the EFC is outta here. As both…
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