How to survive Thanksgiving break – Part II

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Can you believe it? Yeah, we can’t either. But, we’re here to help you get through it. Earlier this week, we gave you some suggestions on how to survive Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Come on, we all have to deal with some family challenges, don’t we?

Today, we’re going to help you deal with your Thanksgiving food comaYou know what that is, that gross, bloated feeling you get after dinner.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Try these tips to escape the food coma.

Turkey doesn’t’ make you sleepy.
We’ve all been led to believe that turkey makes us drowsy, but that’s not true. Most likely, you’re tired because of all the carbs you ate (stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie). So, you could curb some of those carbs.

Loosen your pants. This will help your stomach expand and help you digest dinner. Just be sure to tighten them them back up before you get up from the table.

Resist the urge to lie down.
This will interfere with your digestion and may give you heartburn.

A little drink after dinner may help.
You could try a cordial or liqueur or peppermint or chamomile tea. It will help you digest your food and relax the muscle that empties your stomach.

Take a walk.
Even a 15-minute walk or a dance around the living room will help your dinner move more efficiently through your digestive tract.

And don’t forget to thank the cook. This has nothing to do with avoiding a food coma, but it’s just good common sense. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner isn’t easy. Be thankful and show your appreciation.

Happy Thanksgiving. Hope yours is great.



How to survive Thanksgiving break – Part I

Have you looked at the calendar yet? Thanksgiving is this week.  You’ll be enjoying a few much-needed days off from school and having dinner with your family. Oh, but that means you’ll have to deal with your family.

Maybe you have:

  • an annoying aunt who always asks really personal questions during dinner
  • pesky little cousins who are loud and messy
  • a brother who think he knows everything and you don’t
  • a sister who thinks she’s dad’s favorite and does everything she can to make it so

No matter what your family challenges, we have some tongue-in-cheek suggestions on how to can successfully deal with all of them.

  • Prepare yourself for the potential stresses, whether that means yoga, an extra workout or an additional session with your therapist.
  • Before you’re asked if you’re seeing anyone or what you plan to do with your major, have an answer ready, even if you make the whole thing up.
  • When it’s time to go around the table and say what you’re grateful for, have a sweet, syrupy, sentimental answer ready about the person you like least at the table. It’ll totally blow his or her mind.
  • Chow down. While conventional wisdom dictates that people tend to put on 5 to 10 pounds during the holidays, the truth is the average person gains less than a pound.
  • Be grateful. After all, you have a few days off from school. You’re with people who love you. And you’re going to eat a pretty good meal.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Take the what-type-of-college-is-best-for-you quiz

PhotoForNov.20PostIf you’re trying to choose a college, you know it’s not an easy decision. On Monday, we gave you some suggestions we hope helped.

Today, we’re sharing a quiz you can take to see what kind of college is best for you. It’s offered by Seventeen magazine. However, if you’re a guy, don’t let that discourage you from taking the quiz. It’s helpful. We know. We tried it, too. Actually, we tried it a couple of times.

Based on your answers, you’ll find out whether you may be happiest at an urban university, a large state school or even a commuter school.

Try it. See what you learn.

How to choose the right college for you

Choosing a college isn’t easy. But, it’s kind of a big deal. After all, you’re going to spend four (maybe five, maybe even six) years there. What you learn will help launch you into a career,  which will enable you to buy food, rent an apartment, purchase tickets to the movie you’re going to take your date, buy a dog, get a promotion, get married, go on vacation, have some kids … OK, you get the point.

But, how do you choose? There are many tips out there to help you. We have compiled several from U.S. News & World Report  and the education blog from The New York Times:

Revisit your short list
If you’ve been accepted to more than one school, hooray for you. But now you need to pick one. Take another look at that list and start comparing the schools to each other to see which one comes out on top.

PhotoForNov.18PostMake sure all of your questions are answered
Write down your remaining questions and take them with you when you visit the campus, whether it’s the first time you’re visiting or a subsequent trip. You don’t want to have any unanswered questions when you send in your deposit.

Keep your future career in mind
Even if you’re not sure what you want to know, you should have an idea of what you’re good (and not so good) at. Look at each school and figure out which one will be the best to help you get where you want to be in four years.

Don’t focus only on the numbers
When it comes to college, there are lots of numbers out there: Graduation rates, student satisfaction survey results, rankings, etc. While this is all good information to know, the most important thing to know is your needs and what you want from a school. The rest looks good on paper, but it’s no guarantee that you’ll be happy or successful there.

Don’t over analyze
Of course you need to weigh all of the information you’ll be getting. But instinct has a say in the decision-making process as well. If a school looks on the surface, but you just don’t feel right while you’re on a visit, it may not be the best place for you.

Good luck.

How to help your child rock the college entrance exams

If your son or daughter is planning on college, then he/she and you will likely have at least one college entrance exam in your future. Yesterday, we offered ACT/SAT study tools.  Today, we have some suggestions for you.

It’s important for your child to do well on the tests. After all, a good score will help him/her get accepted at a good school and may even be tied to scholarships. 

While your son or daughter will be the one taking the test, there are things you can do to help him/her prepare.

Encourage your son or daughter to:

  • Take the official practice test for the SAT, which is called the PSAT.
  • Visit the SAT resources provided by the CollegeBoard
  • Take the practice ACT test
  • Retake either test if he/she isn’t happy with the results
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test
  • Eat a good breakfast the morning of the exam (oatmeal or eggs) and have a snack ready during break time.

Good luck. 

Free SAT/ACT study guides just for you

If you’re planning on going to college (and you are or you wouldn’t be reading this) you will need to take one of the standardized tests as part of the admissions process for most schools. But, you may be a little nervous about taking one of these tests. Don’t be. There is a lot of help out there for you. PhotoforNov.11We’ve found a couple of great study guides to help you prepare for the tests.

This ACT study guide is chock full of great information. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s 64 pages long. Take the time to read it to learn:

  • General test-taking strategies
  • What to expect on the day of the test
  • How you’ll do on the practice tests
  • How to score your practice test

Yes, there is a practice test, which begins on page 12. English comes first, then math, reading, science and writing.

The CollegeBoard offers SAT preparation, which provides:

Good luck. We know you’ll do well.

Going to college? Here’s what you should do and when – Part II

It’s no secret that college is expensive. Really expensive. But there are lots of scholarships, grants, loans and other ways you can help pay for school. And we’re here to help.

On Monday, we shared with you an admissions timeline, which gave you a step-by-step list of what you should be doing (and when) to prepare for college. Today, we have a financial aid timeline to help you get ready to pay for school.

PhotoForNov.6Post If you’re a high school junior, now is the time to start looking for scholarships and learning about federal student loans and private student loans.

If you’re a senior, you should be preparing to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and figuring out how much your family can contribute to your college bills by using a FAFSA forecaster.

Don’t fret. Financial aid may seem scary, but it’s really not.

If you have any questions just let us know.