Melanie Falconer

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3 Small, Surefire Ways to Practice for the SAT

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/16/19 6:37 AM / by Melanie Falconer

I hated the SAT. I still hate it. It doesn't really measure your intelligence, which is made up of so many different qualities. Intelligence isn't just a number--it's about how curious you are, how you progress, your ability to shift perspectives and take on problems. 

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Guides: Responsibility, Resourcefulness, and Resilience

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/18/18 12:00 PM / by Melanie Falconer

It's easy to get caught up in increasing your "status" as a student. How do you get that extra 10 points on your in-class exam?

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5 Crazy College Majors You Didn't Know Existed

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/18 5:35 PM / by Melanie Falconer

The course lists for colleges are often endless. Teachers have probably already talked about how limited the high school roster is in comparison. Although you might be thinking classes like "astronomy" and "philosophy," the list goes even longer and trust me, it can get very esoteric and

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Guides: How to Take Effective Study Breaks in 5 Steps

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/22/18 4:00 PM / by Melanie Falconer

Study breaks can be a rabbit hole. Sometimes, you take a break and the online labyrinth takes you to the unknown (you start by Googling which Xbox games are coming out next month and end up on 

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Junior Journey: 3 Helpful Hints for Picking Colleges that Are Your Perfect Match

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/5/17 7:31 PM / by Melanie Falconer

I got lucky. When I went to U.C. Santa Cruz, I thought it would be the worst. I really wanted to be at the ever-prestigious and renowned U.C. Berkeley, and even with a high SAT score, my relatively low GPA wasn't enough to cut it.

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U.C. Berkeley News: Empathy and Compassion in the Global Lives Project

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/3/17 10:53 AM / by Melanie Falconer

 At U.C. Berkeley, you may see a screen that takes up the size of the wall. It displays images of people around the world walking, sleeping, laughing, and living ordinary lives. 

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Underclassmen Updates: 3 Brain Hijacks to Stop Procrastinating

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/27/17 5:45 PM / by Melanie Falconer

You've checked your phone so many times that your wrist is sore. So, you take a break, staring at the ceiling. Maybe it's time for a snack? 

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College News: Harvard University Helping Hunger

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/26/17 11:21 AM / by Melanie Falconer

Harvard University is addressing a crisis: how do we get food for the hungry? How can we best make sure people's needs are met while doing it in a healthy and sustainable way?

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Junior Journey: 3 Tips for Shy or Introverted Students

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/21/17 10:43 PM / by Melanie Falconer

If you were like me in class, you preferred to observe. You liked to take in your environment and soak in all the details. When it was time for a class discussion, you preferred to listen rather than assert your opinion.

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3 Tips for Exploring College Majors

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/17/17 3:50 PM / by Melanie Falconer

College might as well be another universe. The schedule is different. The lifestyle is more independent. The teachers are now ‘professors’ with different agendas. 

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Freshman Tips: 5 Steps to Balance Technology for Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/13/17 5:43 PM / by Melanie Falconer

 Technology is evolving constantly (this isn’t any news to you, right?). Really, teachers, administrators, and students have a hard time keeping up! 

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Williams College: Research in Monkey Behavior and Consciousness

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/13/17 11:50 AM / by Melanie Falconer

Williams College is an incredible liberal arts college located in the vibrant Williamstown, Mass. It is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts and hosts a number of notable alumni and staff, many known for their accomplishments in the humanities and liberal arts.  

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Senior Strategies: 4 Ways to Maximize Your Productivity

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 6:29 PM / by Melanie Falconer

Time doesn’t always have value for young adults--summers feel endless, the clock couldn’t tick any slower as you’re waiting to get out of your least favorite class. Time can even be wasted!

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Maximize Your Summer: Summer Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/5/17 1:30 PM / by Melanie Falconer

Students might groan at the thought of a “fun but productive summer” spent at a summer program. To them, this just means more nights spent at home in front of a book (except this time they get to watch their friends drive off to a concert from their window). But, summer extracurricular activities don’t have to be draining. In fact, a summer program should be joyful and exciting.

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Writing in High School vs. College

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/3/17 11:21 AM / by Melanie Falconer


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