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Amber Gilsdorf

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From Pee Wee to Post-Secondary: Athletics in College

  The pictures above are worth a thousand words. Although I enjoyed running around on the soccer field, my athletic career ended in eighth grade when I realized I enjoyed Drama Club more than sprints (my giant, wire-rimmed glasses and green scrunchie thanked me). Meanwhile my brother, Ryan, (the strapping six-year-old with the baseball bat) has maintained his athletic involvement to the present ...
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Resilience from Rejection: A Student Perspective

Maybe you’ve experienced rejection before. Like, a so-called friend playing with someone else on the playground? Or being turned down by the person whom you asked to the dance? Or maybe not enough people liking or sharing your social media post? No matter what form it comes in, rejection stings.
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Parenting Through College Rejection: A Parent Perspective

As a parent, there are few things worse than knowing your child has been rejected in some way. Whether the rejection comes from a person, a sports team, an audition, or a college, it cuts deep. In fact, we’re biologically programmed to protect our kids. Though, when it comes to college denials, your protection will look a little different.
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Extracurricular Activities: So, What’s Impressive?

“But…what counts?” A common question vocalized by many high school students as they consider their extracurricular choices. Decoding their question, what they mean to ask is: "What will impress college admission officers?" The answer is both strangely simple and deep...YOU. You will impress college admission representatives. Or, at least, that’s the goal.
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How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Break

Amber Gilsdorf February 05, 2018 summer break
If you are like a good one third of the United States, you experienced unbearably cold and snowy days this past winter. As a result, you've been looking forward to summer for a long time! While most high school students will find themselves lounging poolside and sleeping in until all hours of the…afternoon…summer break also presents a unique opportunity for deeper engagement with the passions ...
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