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School choice: Students need parents’ encouragement

May 25th, 2021

College and boarding school experiences have an enormous impact on students’ futures, so the search process should be exciting and joyous, right? But sometimes, searching for the right school can create tension within a family. Parents and children may have different goals or interests in mind when beginning the college or boarding school search. Open communication and transparent dialogue throughout the process are key.

Most students who applied to boarding schools and colleges this year already know where they’ll enroll in the fall, yet in some homes the decision wasn’t made easily.

Receiving complete love and support from parents is essential to students. Rick Clark, in the Georgia Tech Admissions Blog, suggests that parents “leave no doubt” that their child understands they now have 100% support in their decision. Clark’s article, referenced below, raises important questions to consider in the coming days, weeks and months to assure your child of just that, no matter where your family is in the search or application process.

Article referenced below from Georgia Tech Admissions Blog, published May 13, 2021 by Rick Clark


Even though Denzel Washington is the undeniable star of Remember The Titans, the film’s title first comes up in a line that Will Patton (Coach Yoast) delivers in the middle of a big game, “You make sure they remember forever the night they played the Titans!”

If this is a movie you have seen multiple times, you may recall that little piece of trivia. But you likely missed two key things: 1- if you pause or slow mo at the 1:05:53 mark, you may recognize the profile of one of the reporters on the stairs (Yep. I made a solid $50 and got a sandwich out of it too, but meeting Denzel was the real perk.) 2- The emphatic statement Patton makes as he sends his team back onto the field immediately following his Titans line: “Leave no doubt!” It was an encouragement and an endorsement. In those three words, he was basically underscoring that he supported his squad completely and  believed in them wholeheartedly. Powerful, right?

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Keep up the momentum as you finish this year strong

May 11th, 2021

Spring semester is an exciting time for high school students, especially in this unusual year. Some of you are even back to enjoying spring sports and looking forward to prom, graduation and so much more! Enjoy every moment, but don’t lose sight of what’s important academically. Finish this year strong, in every sense and in every sphere.

Seniors: your final transcript will be sent to the college you plan to attend and should reflect consistent effort and achievement. Remember that each offer of admission is contingent on continued success! Younger students: your continued motivation will insure that your transcript reflects the best performance you can muster.

Summer is right around the corner; hold on for just a few more weeks and then, I promise you, there will be plenty of time to decompress. In the meantime, we offer the article below to help you manage these final weeks of school.

Article referenced below from Columbia College Hollywood


Whether you’re preparing for your final exams, the ACT, or trying to get a few college applications done, getting motivated can be incredibly difficult. With summer vacation just around the corner, every time you sit down to start your work, you end up daydreaming about swimming, camping, skating, and just hanging out in the sun.

So in the face of this sunny temptation, how do you keep up with your work? How do you finish strong? Check out these six things you can do to stay motivated.

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College enrollment decision day approaches

April 27th, 2021

May 1st has long been considered “National College Decision Day.” While some colleges have decided to extend their enrollment deadline, for many colleges this still marks the final day for accepted students to declare their enrollment intention for the upcoming year.

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Many Shrop Ed advisees have already determined their enrollment choice. But for those still on the fence, this post is for you! Try to reset your thought process by considering what success means to you in the simplest of terms. Purdue University shares an excellent way of framing this concept in their article, “Six Principles of Success,” by Gallup. Take a moment to review and, as you consider the pros and cons of each of your options, ask yourself what opportunities each college is offering that will satisfy the pillars of success as YOU define them.

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2021-2022 Common Application essay topics

April 13th, 2021

As high school seniors work their way toward thoughtful enrollment decisions this month, juniors are putting their all into making spring term as successful as possible.  While we don’t want to shift juniors’ attention from school obligations, we thought a peek at Common Application essay topics might provide a fun outlet for creative thinking.

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The Common App just announced its essay prompts for the 2021-2022 application year and there is only one change: the replacement of one less popular choice with this new prompt, which we love.

Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

Essays allow a unique opportunity for colleges to learn more about their applicants. Think of the essay as an opportunity to tell your story, to be open and authentic and let your true qualities shine through.

With summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time for juniors to begin the brainstorming process, whether for this new prompt or one of the others. Trust us, you want to get ahead of that demanding senior schedule!

Article referenced below from The Common App, published February 16, 2021 by Scott Anderson

2021-2022 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common App essay prompts will remain the same for 2021-2022 with one exception. We will retire the seldom used option about solving a problem and replace it with the following:

Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

We will also retain the optional COVID-19 question within the Additional Information section.

The new prompt is inspired by scientific research on gratitude and kindness, specifically the benefits of writing about the positive influence of other people in our lives.

This mindset resonates with Common App President & CEO Jenny Rickard. “Particularly at this challenging time, we can help students think about something positive and heartfelt in their lives,” she explains. “And we can do it explicitly.”

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