High school grades, test scores and extracurricular activities are extremely important, but the college application essay can make or break a student’s candidacy. Why? The essay is often the student’s only chance to “speak” directly to the admissions committee about why he or she should be admitted over possibly thousands of other applicants.
An eye-catching college application essay demonstrates why the student is ideal and can be of value for that particular college or university. To benefit any students in your life, pass along this list of tips for writing an eye-catching college application essay.
Family reunions can be a ton of fun, especially when you have a large family whose members may not see each other that often. When relatives near and far get together, you can bet that the experience will be memorable.
Planning a family reunion can be a lot of work, however, and requires a time commitment from all parties involved in organizing the event. The result can be well worth the effort, especially for the memories that you will have had a hand in creating.
Check out our Family Reunion Planning Checklist for tips on how to break down the planning of the event into manageable chunks of time. To be sure, planning can alleviate the stress and make it an enjoyable process.
The joys of becoming a parent and moving from “me” to “us” and “we” can be an incredible moment for many people. Along with the joys of new parenthood comes a growing sense of responsibilities, some of them obvious. Your newborn needs constant care – the need to be fed and bathed and looked after at all times. Other responsibilities can be less obvious, such as the importance of financial and estate planning.
As your family grows, financial security becomes more of a priority as you aim to make sure that your loved ones have money to meet basic needs, no matter what happens to you.
Here are three ways to start building family financial security:
Many children love to play in the sand. With summer more than half a year away, the weather in your area may still be too cold to make playing in the sandbox a possibility (no matter how much your child may beg or plead!). With a little creativity, though, you can bring the fun of sand indoors for your child.
This simple sand art project uses basic materials and allows your child to create a colorful, three-dimensional project that could make a wonderful new decoration for his or her bedroom or somewhere else in your home.
Ready to get started with this easy sand art project?
Help your child prepare a “welcome home” for the birds next spring with this fun DIY craft – making a birdhouse from an empty eggnog or milk carton.
This project requires saving in advance some empty eggnog, milk or juice cardboard cartons. Use a half-gallon size for a roomier abode. After the carton is empty, wash it well with soapy water, drain, and dry thoroughly. If the carton has a pouring spout, be sure to save the cap; it’s a good idea to keep extra, pre-cleaned cartons on hand, just in case.