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PUNCH NEWSLETTER May 2014

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Talkin' Smack-a-demic: May ‘14
This month in Punch: Juniors get expert advice on practice tests and essay writing; CC users debate new financial aid policies in two states; the 2014 list of commencement speakers is revealed; and much more!

The Importance of Practice Tests'
How will I do on test day? Have I learned everything I need to know? Am I familiar with the tests’ formats? Can I sit still that long? There’s only one way to quiet those pre-test jitters: complete a full-length practice exam! Here’s how.
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5 Steps to Essay Excellence
LEAP owner and college-prep expert Lisa Mader shares five steps for crafting a thoughtful, effective admissions essay. See how your draft stacks up so far.
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Florida’s In-state Tuition for Illegal Immigrants
A recent New York Times article explores whether Florida’s new financial aid policy promotes tolerance or encourages border jumping. Weigh in with other CC users.
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Tennessee Offers Free Tuition to Graduating Seniors

TN lawmakers are working to approve "Tennessee Promise," a plan to cover the full cost of two-year college for every high school graduate starting in fall 2015. So…what’s the catch?

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Best College Commencement Speakers of 2014

Who’s giving the commencement speech at your institution? This year’s list reveals some of the usual suspects plus a few wild cards.


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Ask the Dean
My Mom Won’t Let Me Live on Campus
Question: I just got accepted into a university that’s about 45 minutes away from home. Here’s the thing: My mom, who I live with (plus two siblings; no dad) wants us all to move to the city where the university is, but I want to live in the residence halls to meet new people and become a little more independent. My mom is a super, over-the-top “protective” parent. I know that if I tell her just like that, she’ll go ballistic. How do I talk to her without causing problems?

Find out what the dean said…

Admit This!
Your Senior Year’s End and Pre-College Summer

Your educational journey so far has been a marathon, from pre-school through this school year. Another marathon awaits—college. After college, perhaps the longest marathon of all looms. Maybe we should call it an ultra-marathon. Your life’s work is something that extends for decades and has many twists and turns. So, take a deep breath and get ready for some workouts!

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