All posts by Ashley Dobson

Best of the Decade: The Journal of College Admission

This past decade marked a notable shift for The Journal of College Admission.

In 2015, it was redesigned and moved from a peer-reviewed research journal to a quarterly magazine offering practical tips, research-to-practice information, member profiles, upcoming events, and news you can use.

But the one thing that hasn’t changed across the years is the high quality of articles from our members.

Enjoy taking a trip down memory lane as we look back at some of the best Journal articles of the decade.

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Parenting Your College Student: Navigating New Terrain Over Winter Break

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Editor’s note:  A version of this post was originally published on Admitted in January 2019. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series. 

The Class of 2023 will soon be home from college for their first winter break and many parents are seeing a new dynamic in their relationship with their children.

These college freshmen have just had their first taste of independence and striking the right balance can be tough for families.

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YouTubers Tackle the Admission Process

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If you don’t know how to change a tire or curl your hair or even make a soufflé, you can YouTube it.

So, it stands to reason, if you don’t know how to apply for college, you would turn to the video-sharing website for the answers you seek.

What started as a trend of college-bound teens sharing their college decision letters has grown into a way for teens to broadcast their experiences and advice throughout the process.

Teen Vogue recently interviewed several of these YouTube vloggers about their growing channels.

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Chronic Illness and the College Search

Applying to schools and preparing for the college transition can be tough for any student. But for students dealing with a chronic illness, the process has added challenges.

The key to tackling those challenges? Planning ahead.

Teen Vogue recently published a list of advice to help students dealing with chronic illness clear those hurdles before heading off to college.

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Facebook Live Q&A: Setting the Standard for International Secondary Student Recruitment

The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) advisory board recently completed its year-long effort to establish model standards for international student recruitment agencies working with US secondary schools.

Chris Page, executive director of CSIET, will join NACAC for a Facebook Live broadcast on Wednesday, Oct. 16 to discuss the new standards in greater detail.

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Make the Most Out of #nacac19 on Social Media

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NACAC’s 75th National Conference in Louisville is just around the corner. As the social media manager for NACAC I’m biased, but I think getting involved with the conference on social media is a great way to connect before, during, and even long after the event.

Check out my top five tips to get the most out of your national conference social media experience.

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Perspective: Undocumented and College-bound

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Taking that first step toward a college degree comes with several extra hurdles for undocumented students and other immigrant youth, and those challenges are often overlooked by many.

Incoming college freshman Dafne, who is undocumented, shared her story in Teen Vogue, hoping to highlight the extra hoops students like her often have to jump through.

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Facebook Live: College Access and Undocumented Students

Looking for ways to show your support for undocumented students and other immigrant youth?

Check out our latest Facebook Live conversation with Gaby Pacheco, program director for advocacy, development, and communications at TheDream.US.

Pacheco recently spoke with Julie Kirk, NACAC’s government relations manager, about  how NACAC members can best support undocumented students in the coming school year. The two offered a wide array of free resources for counselors and reviewed current policies and litigation related to DACA recipients and undocumented students.

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