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Ready, Set, Go: finishing the year strong

April 30th, 2019

Warm weather is bringing about much excitement in the Bluegrass.  As flowers bloom and Derby Day nears, we know that summer will soon be here.

With celebrations and year-end activities being planned, it can be challenging to maintain plenty of energy for the final weeks of the school year.  Don’t let that end-of-the-year fatigue set in!  Consider the school year a marathon, not a sprint – do you really want to slow down and walk across the finish line?  Or would you rather push yourself to finish strong? Remember your long-term goals and how important your academic success is to achieving them.

Students at all grade levels can still make the most of the remainder of the school year.  Yes, even seniors who have college plans secured should strive for their strongest finish yet.   With the right effort, you can keep it all together through this home stretch.  Summer will be your near-term reward.

When thinking of ways to encourage all of you to finish the year with a flourish, an email surfaced in my inbox.  Jim Siverts, a retired business owner, sent a link to his exceptional website built to help college students manage their time effectively.  His site helps students create a solid study plan, which can increase success dramatically.  We think it may also be a great tool for high school and middle school students, and hope you’ll give it a try.  The best part is, the web version is free and there could soon be a mobile app version.  If you’d like to learn more, visit Siverts’s website:

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Reward your hard work with a thoughtful summer book list

May 29th, 2018

Over the next several weeks, millions of high school seniors will don their caps and gowns and receive a diploma they have been working towards for the last 4 years.  Here in Kentucky, they’ve already started!  I am truly proud of each and every one of the ShropEd graduates and I know major accomplishments are to come.  If you are graduating high school, middle school or college this is the time to celebrate!

The school year is filled with projects, homework, sports and many other commitments.  Now, warmer temperatures have finally arrived and the days are longer; with the hustle and bustle of the school year behind us, summer seems to be the perfect time to encourage both reading and mindfulness.

Today, I want to share with you a list of books put together by college admissions officers and college advisors.  The theme of this list is mindfulness and in this busy world we live in, I hope by reading some of the books from this list we will gain mindfulness and live a more thoughtful (and less stress-filled) life.

Article referenced below published June 14, 2017 from The Washington Post

Each summer I publish a summer edition of great reading with recommendations from college admissions counselors and deans, compiled by Brennan Barnard,  director of college counseling at the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., and a contributor to this blog. Here is a unique list of 50 fiction and nonfiction books with some titles that can appeal to just about everybody.

Read more at The Washington Post >>

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The psychology behind senioritis

April 16th, 2018

Not many weeks remain before the end of school and graduation for the class of 2018.  Yet while we may be thinking happily of all things summer, senioritis may be rearing its ugly head.  Shrop Ed seniors, don’t let it happen to you!  There are many reasons to remain focused through the remainder of the school year.

Students who maintain their work ethic transition easily to college expectations.  For those who slack off, college-level work feels like an enormous leap.  And don’t forget that contingency clause in the admission letter:  every offer of admission is contingent on continued success.  

It may seem impossible to stay focused while envisioning the amazing future that lies ahead, but remember that you have been working hard throughout your entire high school career to get to this point.  Challenge yourself to finish with a flourish.

So what is senioritis and why does it impact so many?  In the article linked below, University of Notre Dame psychology professor Darcia Narvaez discusses the psychology behind senioritis.  Surprisingly, it doesn’t only affect senior students.  It can happen to anyone going through a major transition in life.  We think students and parents alike will find today’s article interesting.

Article referenced below from Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR

Published May 27, 2017

The affliction known as senioritis isn’t just about slacking off — and it isn’t just for high schoolers ready to head off to college.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with University of Notre Dame psychology professor Darcia Narvaez about what causes us to slack off as a major life project is ending, and how we can handle it better.

Read more at WBUR >>

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All Colleges Change Lives

May 16th, 2016

Graduation nears, and Shrop Ed’s high school seniors are celebrating! Because we’re often asked where our students enroll, this feels like the right time to share the list of admission offers our students received for fall of 2016:

Barnard C.*                              U. of Kentucky*                          Smith C.

Boston C.                                  Lewis & Clark C.                        Southern Methodist U.

Brandeis U.                             Macalester C.                              Stanford U.*

Carleton C.                              Miami U. (OH)*                          St. Edwards U.

Case Western Reserve U.         U. of Michigan                           U. of Tampa*

Centre C.                                  U. of Mississippi                         U. of Texas

Champlain C.*                        U. of Nebraska-Lincoln*           Texas Christian U.*

U. of Chicago                          Northeastern U.                          Tufts U.*

Clark U.                                   Occidental C.                              U. of Utah

Clarkson U.                             U. of Pennsylvania*                    U. of Vermont*

Colby U.                                   Princeton U.*                              U. of Virginia

U. of Colorado                        Reed C.                                         Washington and Lee U.

Columbia U.                           Rensselaer                                      Washington U.

U. of Denver*                         Rice U.                                           Wellesley C.

Emory U.                                 U. of Rochester                            Wesleyan C.*

Georgetown U.                       Rochester Institute of Tech.         Worcester Polytechnic I.

Harvard U.                              Rose-Hulman Institute of Tech.        Xavier U.

Harvey Mudd C.*                   U. of San Diego                                 Yale U.*

Asterisks indicate matriculation choices; in some cases, more than one of our students will enter in the fall.

I love this list! Why? Because it reflects a wide range of campus environments, selectivity and student bodies, encompassing state flagships and Ivies, liberal arts colleges and institutes of technology. Each student applied to a carefully considered group of schools reflecting ideal matches for him/her.

The national press makes much of students who receive multiple offers from the nation’s best-known colleges. Certainly we jump for joy, too, when our students receive such news. Yet colleges in that small subset are right for very few. We feel equal joy for our students who look in other directions and find less renowned colleges just right for their interests and goals, places where they’ll succeed, thrive, establish an excellent foundation for whatever comes later in life. Wouldn’t it be nice if the press celebrated these students and their colleges in the same way!

Several weeks ago, the Washington Post published an article written by a New Hampshire college advisor about the kinds of college choices he’d like to see celebrated in the press. We’re grateful to the Shrop Ed parent who brought it to our attention and hope you’ll follow this link for some interesting reading.

Article published April 26, 2016

Written by:  Valerie Strauss

Last month, Brennan Barnard, a college counselor at a private school in New Hampshire, wrote a piece on how the college admissions process for many students had become something akin to The Hunger Games. He wrote:

“In an ideal world, college preparatory education would encourage students who crave knowledge, seek community engagement, desire connection and live their values. We say we want our children to feel secure, be inspired and take risks with their curiosity. The reality of “The Hunger Games” comes closer to the truth, where students battle to survive in application pools seeming to demand perfection.”

Read more at The Washington Post >>

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