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By Kristin Tracy As the novelty of college life starts to wane, students begin to realize why they’re really there. Learning takes center stage. What could be scarier than ghosts, goblins and ghouls? Midterms and proving that the information you’re...
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The year I turned 18 and went off to college for freshman year was simultaneously one of the best and worst years of my life. The world was wide open in ways it had never been: I could drink, I...
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On the first day of A.P. Language and Composition (popularly known as “A.P. Lang”), I’ve taken to asking my classes a few simple questions: 1) Why did you enroll in this class? 2) What is A.P. Lang all about? and...
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Defense mechanisms take all forms in teenagers; sometimes they masquerade, ironically, as the obvious.  I taught one girl several years ago at Taft, a hockey player, who, upon entering the class for the first time, announced loudly in front of...
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Many parents are asking themselves now that we’ve entered the summer and secured at least some form of distraction for our kids, “what will the next school year look like?” And… “what can I do to best prepare my child...
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In early February there was a horrific incident involving OWN TV Host’s 16 year-old son. The boy suffered an accidental overdose taking Xanax, which turned out to be laced with Fentanyl. Among the many reasons it was shocking was that...
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The Huffpost recently asked school counselors to speculate what the notable after effects for kids following the pandemic, a group uniquely in a position to predict the outcomes. Three areas emerged recurrently: 1. Being Stuck in ‘Survival Mode’: After being...
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