CCS Skills: 7 Ways To Be More Effective With Your Time Management

Time management is a critical CCS skill. It’s important in high school, but even more so in college when you have to actually make your own decisions on when to study or when to watch a movie with friends. Let me give you an example:

Student: “Can I go hang out with my friends tonight?”

Parent: “Have you done all your homework?”

Student: “I just have to finish up my history paper and study for my AP English exam…”

Parent: “Then you can do your school work instead.”

Sound familiar?

Hopefully by high school, you’ve already learned the importance of getting all your school assignments done. Maybe your family even has a rule that you have to complete all work before watching tv, playing Xbox or going over to a friend’s. And so far, you’ve done great at turning in assignments on time and making good grades.

But, what happens when you’re on your own? When you don’t have your parents constantly checking to make sure you’ve completed your work? When you have a midterm you really should study for, but you’re roommate is having a bunch of people over to watch Game of Thrones?

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Are You Really Ready For College?

You already know that second semester of your senior year is too late to start talking and thinking about getting ready for college. The skills you need to be successful in college (and in your career) is something that many students practice and prepare for as young as middle school. And are thinking about as young as elementary school!

We aren’t saying that you should have ACT/SAT vocabulary words in your crib. But it’s never too early to stress the importance of preparing yourself to succeed!

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3 Benefits To Volunteering More

By Marcus D. Dumas, MPH, CHES 

On March 14, 1986, legendary football coach Woody Hayes delivered the commencement address at The Ohio State University. Like many speeches before, he started with a simple phrase, “Pay It Forward.” He continued with the following statement, “So seldom can we pay back because those who helped the most, will be long gone, but you will find that you do want to pay. You can pay back only seldom, but you can always pay forward.”

So what does this idea of paying it forward mean and how is it applicable to college success? Well, this expression is used to describe the beneficence of a good deed shown to another person instead of to the original benefactor. Volunteering or helping others pays off during any stage in life, but it is even more beneficial to the college student. College is the time in your life where you will learn the most about yourself and will formulate ideas that will direct your path in life. There are many reasons a person should pay it forward. Let’s discuss a few of them below. Many of these reasons are directly correlated with reasons a person might enroll in college.

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High School And College – What’s The Difference?

By Marcus D. Dumas, MPH, CHES 

Being a first year college student can be fun but there is one thing you must know going in. Yes, college is a totally different experience than high school. Late night cram sessions. All-you-can-eat pizza and dessert in the caf. Sorority/Fraternity Rush every fall. But, what you may not be prepared for is just how different college will be from high school as it relates to academics. How you might ask?  Lets look at it from two different angles.

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Should I Take AP Or Dual Enrollment Courses?


By Dr. Tracy Jackson, Supervisor of Counseling and Guidance. Follow her on twitter or on her blog: The Extraordinary School Counselor!

Its course request time! In many high schools across America this time of year is all about selecting courses for next school year. One common question I hear is should I take Advanced Placement (AP) courses or Dual Enrollment (DE) courses? The honest answer is…there is no right or wrong answer. It all depends upon the learner.

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Essentials Of College Readiness: Beyond Academics, Applications and Acceptance


Are you sick of hearing about “getting ready for college?”


If you are a high school student, especially a Junior or Senior, it is likely that weekly, if not daily, you are reminded about what’s to come. You can hear the near constant nagging: study for the SATs, get good grades, volunteer, be active in as many clubs as possible. Do everything you can to get that acceptance letter.

Then the day comes…you receive that envelope in the mail. You did it! All your dreams have come true! You got in! But, what now? Are you really ready for college?

The Best Resources Available

Of course it’s a great idea to be prepared for the future, but there’s so much to do! And where do even start? To get a little help, I sat down with Blueprint Summer Program’s co-founders to get their take on the vast subject of college readiness.

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Conquering Pre-College Fears

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As graduation approaches, high school seniors sometimes experience a sudden shift in emotions. Their excitement and readiness to get out on their own turns into a fear of the unknown coupled with the reality of this great change. The transition from high school to college is a huge step and being nervous about this transition is completely normal.

Every high school student experiences pre-college fears to some degree. Even if you have made every effort to prepare for the college experience and are more than ready to finally get out on your own, there is always at least a little uncertainty.

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The Dreaded “Freshman 15”: Myth? Reality? How to Prepare?

Forget having to learn how to passive-aggressively live with a roommate, how to fit into a social group or how to deal with Intro to Economics during your freshmen year, the scariest thing about going to college lies in a frequently repeated saying that haunts high school seniors everywhere. The Freshman 15. You are off on your own for the first time, making the decision about when, what and how much to eat. Not to mention you’re entirely set up for failure with the all-you-can-eat ice cream bar and pizza available for every meal and don’t forget the late night snacks.

The dreaded weight gain for freshmen actually may be a complete myth. Researchers from Oregon State University have actually shown college freshman only gain 2-3lbs on average; that is just slightly above the national average. But, if you’re still worried about your future college diet, here are a few helpful tips.

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Here Are the College Majors of Every Player in Super Bowl

How important is your major? It’s an open question, just meant as food for thought. There are so many options and so much personal growth that happens before your 25 that committing to a major can seem daunting… and sometimes ridiculous.

There are the 1% of students who know in their heart of hearts who they are, but what about the other 99% of us? Where does that leave us? Are we behind if we don’t know what to major in in college by the time we’re 15? 18? 22?

Just to show you how much things can change here’s a list of the college majors of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Sure these guys are great at football but they all also went to college and majored in something!

New England Patriots

QB – Tom Brady: General Studies (Michigan)
QB – Jimmy Garoppolo: Management (Eastern Illinois)

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America’s Worst Colleges


One of Blueprint’s main goals is to help our students identify colleges where they will thrive ~ where they will get the most bang for their buck. So, naturally, when you’re helping a student compile a list of schools that are a good fit you’re also creating a bucket of throwaway schools that are a bad fit. One reason why a pre-college summer program is a great idea.

You get out of your education what you put in. Sure, some colleges have a hand up when it comes to resources or facilities and sometimes it helps to be around like-minded students, but for the most part an undergraduate degree is an undergraduate degree no matter how you cut it.

However, while it could be said that you’re guaranteed a good shot at a great education at any of the top 200 colleges… might it also be true that it would be difficult to educate yourself at one of the worst 20?

The Washington Monthly certainly seems to think so and has recently published lists of America’s Worst Colleges.

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