Laura Jeffery

350 Flips | 2 Magazines | 6 Likes | 28 Following | 134 Followers | @LauraJeffer792b | I am a wife, mother, and an educator for the past 10 years. I have helped 1,000s of students achieve their dreams and future endeavors with college and career readiness. 

Are Stress and Worry Good or Bad for You? It Depends on How You Cope.

A new study says people who worry are better prepared than those who don't — but that's not the whole story.<br>Read More

Relieve Your Anxiety by Singing It

Some therapists are using Songify, a music app, to have patients make recordings of their worried thoughts—and get rid of them.<p>On my recent reporting trip to Brazil, I went on a hike and got bitten 40 times by an unknown insect.<p>The welts were larger than mosquito bites and were completely painless …

10 Things You May Not Know About Anxiety Disorder

"Mental health is important for all and is a basic human right."<p>Anxiety disorders like social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder and general anxiety are the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S. An estimated 18 percent of all American adults have …

13 Things People With Anxiety Want You to Know

“People think of anxiety as a character in a Woody Allen film,” says Jamie Howard, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in the Anxiety and Mood Disorders …

Depression

Why am I anxious all the time and what’s the best way to cope with it?

Anxiety is necessary for survival, but it can run out of control. Here’s what you can do to offset it…<p>There is no magic bullet for anxiety. We know this, and yet if we have a propensity for the bowel-shaking kind of anxiety that fits within the “disordered” bracket, a cure is exactly what we pray …

Depression

College Applicant Cheat Sheet: 16 Must-Reads For Getting Into The Right College

For many families, there are few more stressful times than those months leading up to a teenager’s application and ultimate enrollment in college. From creating an appropriate college list to navigating the Common Application and filling out dreaded financial aid forms, like FAFSA, the whole …

College & University

Finding the Right College

Readers discuss how to make college admissions less stressful and ensure a good match.<p><b>To the Editor:</b><p>I read with interest your April 12 article about college selectivity and the increased pressure to apply to lots of very selective schools (“Common Application Saturates the College Admission Market, …

College & University

Too poor to pay for college, too rich for financial aid

Gage Marquez's dream is to become the first in his family to go to college, get his degree from the University of California at San Diego, and eventually become a cardiologist.<p>He nearly cried tears of joy when he found out he got in.<p>But then he and his parents took a look at the financial aid …

College & University

Application Essays -- the Important First Introduction!

We have read thousands of private school application essays. We've laughed, we've cried, we've slept through many☺<p>A good application essay should be concise, personal and memorable. The following tips will ensure that you will compose a great essay.<p>I have so much to say. I could actually write a …

What To Do When Your Dream School Says, 'I'm Not That Into You'

Amid the holiday season celebrations many students found out whether they’d been accepted, rejected or deferred from a first choice college. If the news wasn’t good, it can deal a tough blow. There’s nothing quite as crushing as unrequited love – especially when it comes from a dream college. But …

College & University

Five Biggest Trends in College Admissions

It has been twenty years since I began my career in college admissions and I am finally seeing a shift in the process which benefits our kids. It's been a long time coming—a hard-fought battle between student advocates and the powerful Ivory Towers that have continually raised the bar for certain …

What every student should know about scholarships and tuition discounting

Many students and their families tend to think of scholarships as something they earn through an awesome GPA, amazing test scores, winning an essay contest, or excelling at an extra-curricular activity. They may also believe that scholarships are difficult to obtain, or that they have to spend a …

College & University

What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate

Watching your kid sweat over college applications? Wondering which college is the best fit for your child and how to help them make that happen? We asked dozens of admissions officers to reveal the truth about admissions today. Here is what some of them told us. <i>[Responses edited for length]</i><p><b>Martha</b> …

College & University

How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions?

One of the most frequent questions we get at Synocate is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about standardized tests and GPA. In this article, we will break down the frequently asked questions about standardized tests, the academic index, and way …

I graduated from Harvard and MIT — here are the 7 best tips I can give you to ace a college application

For high school, I went to a small all-girls school where even applying to the Ivies was pretty rare, but I believed I could get in and at 18 years old found myself accepted to Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern, and Washington University in St. Louis.<p>So how did I do it? …

How to Write a Perfect "Why This College" Essay

Struggling to write a great "why us" essay for your college app? We explain what makes for a good one and walk you through the process of writing it.

College & University

Want a college admissions edge? These schools might give you a gender advantage

The Washington Post analyzed admission rates for men and women at about 200 prominent colleges using federal data for the 2014 cycle, the latest available. There were significant gaps favoring men at many colleges and women at others. But a large number of schools had no gender gaps or minimal gaps …

College & University

15 Easy Ways to Beat Everyday Anxiety

Try these simple, do-anywhere tips to help manage stress<p>Technically, anxiety is apprehension over an upcoming event. We anticipate the future with …

wellbeing

Anxiety In Your Head Could Come From Your Gut

Dr. James Greenblatt, a Boston-area psychiatrist, had a puzzling case: a teenager arrived in his office with severe obsessive–compulsive disorder …

College Admissions Officers Are Reading Your Tweets

...and your Instagram captions and your Facebook posts and the Tumblr you abandoned three years ago. Social media is a powerful platform to present …

How This 24-Year-Old Repaid $61,000 Of Student Loans In 1.5 Years

Muneeb Ahmad, a 24-year-old University of Michigan graduate with a computer science engineering degree, repaid $61,400 of student loans in full in 1.5 years.<p>Here’s how.<p><b>Zack Friedman:</b> How did you pay off your student loans so quickly? What strategies did you use?<p><b>Muneeb Ahmad:</b> All my elder siblings …

Personal Finance

Stepping Off The College Admission Treadmill Helps Students

A recent article in the <i>Chicago</i> <i>Tribune</i> quoted New Trier High School student Ben Matejka, who thought he was doing well with an ACT score of 27 (out of 36) before classmates let him know that it was a miserable score. It was well above the national average of 21 but nowhere near the 30+ he’d need, …

What College Admissions Readers Are Actually Looking For

Straight from the source.<p>For college admissions officers, application reading season means lots of coffee and lots of hard decisions. Each application reader will likely be going through hundreds, if not thousands, of student files. So what makes your application stand out?<p>I’m going to be honest — …

What Are The Industries Of The Future And How Can We Prepare?

Alec Ross, Author and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at John Hopkins University, shares his predictions on five of the industries of the future.<p>Most people have heard the statistic that 65% of jobs that today's students will hold haven't even been created yet. Those numbers have been around for …

newindustries

U.S. high school graduation rates rise to new high

The nation’s graduation rate rose again to a record high, with more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.<p>That is the highest graduation rate recorded since 2011, when the Education Department began requiring …

Education

50 Great College Scholarships for 2017

At SuperScholar we do not only want to help you find the right degree program for you; we also want to help you launch your post-college career with …

Scholarships for Adopted Students

Adopted Students<p>Students that are adopted are able to take full advantage of adopted scholarships. These scholarships are meant for students that …