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Common mistakes SENIORS make

Common mistakes SENIORS make

You made it! You’re a Senior. Now what. If you feel like you are at the end of your journey, think again. You are just getting started. Your senior year should be the most fun and enjoyable one of your entire high school career. If you are not having fun, perhaps something is wrong. If you are having…

Asking is not Checking, Checking is Checking!

My dad, a retired Command Sergeant Major from the United States Army of 27 years, said in his final retirement speech on Fort Hood Military Base, “Asking is not checking. Checking is checking.” This is certainly his motto for life. For our family. For his troops. For the church. For everything. This resonates with me…

An Interview with a College Assistant Admissions Director (Division I, NCAA University)

An Interview with a College Assistant Admissions Director (Division I, NCAA University)

Recently, I interviewed a college admissions director regarding the top things his admissions office looks for when deciding whether or not to admit students. His candid answers to my questions are captured below. Again, this is straight from the mouth of a Division I NCAA University Assistant Admissions Director. Question: What are the most important…

What’s in it for Me? The Entitlement Choice.

This is the mantra of some of today’s teens. They ask, “Why do I need to do this?” “Why should I do this?” “What’s in it for me?” This type of thinking is somewhat healthy to prevent wasting time but it can also be detrimental. Entitlement is a common theme among sociologists who discuss Millennials…

When is too early to start preparing for college

When is too early to start preparing for college

Parents often ask me when is too early to prepare for college. I say from the time they come out of the womb is when you should start. Some studies show that kids who receive more verbal interactions from 0-5 enter Kindergarten more prepared linguistically than students who are not exposed to verbose environments. Language rich surroundings encourage…

The Big 5 Step #2: Play a sport or join a club

In step 2 of the Big 5™ you devote time to a sport or club. Often, students attempt multiple sports. If you are accomplished and want to try more than one sport during a school year, then by all means go for it. The challenge with playing multiple sports begins with the fact that different…

The Big 5 Step #1: Community Service

What if your student could maximize their middle and high school experience by doing 5 simple things in order to stand out in school? There are 5 major concepts I teach students, particularly in middle and high school. It’s the concept of the Big 5™. The first step in the Big 5™ is giving back….

The Big 5 Introduction

Hello and welcome to Reach Consulting. On this inaugural blog post, I’d like to take the time to introduce myself, the company, and the Big 5™. Reach Consulting was born out of the years of working with students in grades 6-12 educational settings and assisting them with college and scholarship applications. As an educator with…