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The College Try

List of 10 news stories.

  • The College Interrogation

    Director of College Counselling Brennan Barnard and members of the Derryfield community were recently interviewed for a Wall Street Journal story about the frustration many high school seniors have with being interrogated about their college plans....
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  • Take Me to Your Leaders

    “The college invasion.” This is how my high school seniors describe the scene on our campus each fall. Admission visitors—like extraterrestrials—arrive in their rental cars with big smiles and stories of bright new worlds. Their message is always the same—“take me to your leaders....”
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  • The College Transfer Phenomenon

    Going through the college admissions process once can be emotionally wrenching—but more than a third of students choose do it again. A 2015 report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than a third of college students transfer and that nearly half of those do it more than once....
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  • Failing to College

    “Rejection,” she says bluntly, “that is what I’m afraid of. If I don’t get in, I’ll feel like a failure.” In a nationwide climate of hyper selective college admission, there has been a steady increase in such sentiments—an unwillingness to take risks and an alarming trend of failure-adverse anxiety....
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  • Education Is Understated

    Often the headlines lead with stories about ways in which the Granite State falls short. 

    “Kindergarten in New Hampshire isn’t Elementary” – USA Today 

    “New Hampshire Tops List for Highest Average Student Loan Debt in Country” – N.H. Journal 

    “N.H. Gives Least to Higher Education of any State in the U.S.” – Telegraph 

    These reports are all true, and we need to address each of these issues, dedicating the resources necessary to provide access and affordability, however, it is not all grim and disheartening.
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  • On Parenting, Fear, and the College Process

    In the next several months the 2016-17 college admissions season will play out, with the majority of students who have applied as freshmen for this coming fall learning which schools have accepted and which haven’t. Parents will be waiting too, many of them wrapped in fears about the future of their children....
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  • A Success Full New Year

    “Do you want to go to college?”
    Puzzled faces and uncomprehending stares greet this first question in my counseling office at The Derryfield School. It is a rhetorical question at a college preparatory school where 100% of graduates pursue higher education. It is almost as though I have asked if they like air and want to go on breathing it—utterly unconscious and invisible, not open to interrogation....
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  • Joy to the World

    The holidays are upon us, and in its most perfect form it is a magical time of joy and peace. Depending on whom you talk to in the senior forum, it may or may not feel peaceful or joyful. College admission decisions are falling like snowflakes, each one impacting students differently. Some will feel the excitement of early admission to their dream school and others will feel the deep disappointment of denial—and then there is the growing group of applicants who will be left in limbo....
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  • Teach Our Children Well

    If there is a hell in United States politics, it is safe to say that the 2016 election came pretty close. We feel burned by the flames of division and damned by apathy, ignorance and complacency. It was a nasty presidential contest where negative discourse ruled the day. At some point, we abandoned the appropriate “code” that we should live by, and personally I feel mentally exhausted and emotionally drained....
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  • What Happens While you Hurry Up and Wait

    In the days leading up to the November 1 college deadline, the senior forum was abuzz with chatter: “Did you finish your essay?” “When are you pressing submit?” “How do I cut 40 words from my response to this school’s short answer?” Looking for assistance and reassurance, a super highway seemed to form between the forum and the college counseling office....
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