Published Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Tifinie

  THE OPTIONAL ESSAY The most recent breakdown of the SAT contains an optional essay section at the end.  This essay is not required by The College Board nor by many colleges, but some colleges do require an essay submission with the SAT for admission. Students are given a total of 50 minutes to work on their essay during the exam.  They are given a prompt and asked to analyze the strategies used by the author during the passage in order to persuade their audience a certain way.  The essay demonstrates how well a student… Continue Reading


Published Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by Tifinie

TRY DIFFERENT THINGS When you are registering for next year’s classes, consider signing up for classes that you wouldn’t normally sign up for.  For example, if you normally take academic classes, then try signing up for a sports team or a drama class.  If you tend to feel strongest in sports, consider taking a music or cooking class.  Learning about the same topics year after year can get redundant and eventually will be uninspiring.  If you take a chance to learn something new, however, it will be challenging and exciting as you feel yourself growing. … Continue Reading


Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019 by Tifinie

VOLUNTEER Volunteering is a great way to broaden your horizons and can be rewarding in many ways.  Donating your time is free and can go towards really benefitting others that need a helping hand.  Often times we don’t think about the struggles of life until we are knee-deep in them, but eventually we all need some kind of help at some point in our lives.  With that in mind, be proactive and help others sooner rather than later if you can. By choosing to be a volunteer, you are opening the door to changing other… Continue Reading


Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Tifinie

It is important to take a step back and reflect once in a while.  Enjoy this quote and see if you can find a way to relate it to your life.    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”  -Margaret Mead   Margaret Mead built a career as a cultural anthropologist.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College in New York City and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.  She was also elected as the president… Continue Reading


Published Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by Tifinie

  SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE INFLUENCES When you’re working on finding yourself, as most teenagers and even a lot of adults are, the environment in which you expose yourself to can have disastrous or rewarding effects.  If you are in an unhealthy environment then it is difficult to be your best because of the stress one endures when they are unhappy.  However, when you are in a positive and healthy environment, everything becomes more enjoyable and easier simply because of the positivity you feel. Consider the people that you spend your time with.  How do… Continue Reading

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