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My 1/2-Day Class Changed This Kid’s Life (2-Minute Read)

My 1/2-Day Class Changed This Kid’s Life (2-Minute Read)

It was 8:35 am on a Saturday, and I was standing at a whiteboard in a large classroom—drawing diagrams I'd need for the class I was about to teach. From behind me I heard a young male voice. "Hi, I'm early. I wanted to say hi to you." I turned to see a high school boy...

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Debt-Free College Training—Fast and Easy

Debt-Free College Training—Fast and Easy

Watch just one of the short, succinct video trainings below, and you'll be on the fast track to getting the kids you love through college debt-free.  If you've got a bright, capable middle schooler or high schooler headed for college—you're probably wondering, "How...

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To Increase Academic Success, Ask Your Teen This, Now

Many teens believe deep down that academic success is only for "smart people." For kids that got lucky at birth and were granted more brainpower than others. Nothing could be further from the truth. Research by experts such as Stanford's Carol Dweck tells us that the...

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3 Reasons Every Teen Needs A Part-Time Job (AUDIO)

3 Reasons Every Teen Needs A Part-Time Job (AUDIO)

This episode also includes a hilarious idea for making your teen want to go out and get a part-time job!Join me, Jeannie Burlowski, for episode 4 of the Launch Your Teens podcast, and you'll learn: 1. How working a part-time job increases the odds that a teen will be...

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Could Graduating High School With an AA Degree Hurt a Kid?

Could Graduating High School With an AA Degree Hurt a Kid?

Today I'm writing on topic I never, ever thought I would. Could graduating high school with an AA degree in any way do a student more harm than good? My eyes are bugging out just writing that. Could graduating high school with an AA degree HURT your kid? For many moms...

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Do Families Need to Hire College Consultants? Really?

Do Families Need to Hire College Consultants? Really?

To see my article on What Nobody's Saying About the College Admissions Scandal, click here. The dad sitting by you in the soccer bleachers tells you that he's not worried about his kids' college planning—because he's hired a $5,000 college consultant to engineer the...

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“Oh, No—We’re Late to College Planning!”

“Oh, No—We’re Late to College Planning!”

If you're worried that you're late to college planning, here's immediate help. Watch just one free, fast-paced 10-minute training video here.  Whether your child's currently in middle school or in high school, you've probably had it happen to you: the sudden jolt of...

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These Top CEOs Went to College WHERE?

These Top CEOs Went to College WHERE?

Your child feels a lot of pressure to "get into a good college." Starting in 8th grade—or even earlier, he's had the lie pounded into his head: "If you don't get into a good college, you won't be able to get a good job when you graduate." This lie can cause...

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5 Ways Parents Head Off College Anxiety

5 Ways Parents Head Off College Anxiety

This article is for you whether you've got a high schooler or a college student experiencing college anxiety. When Samantha was in 10th grade, her Dad offered her a great suggestion. "Sam, why don't we get your guidance counselor to sign you up for...

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My Best Debt-Free College Interview Yet

My Best Debt-Free College Interview Yet

To listen to my best debt-free college interview yet, click here. Listen while you're driving or getting ready in the morning, and you just might change the life of a student you love. In March of 2018 I was interviewed by Andy Earle, a Loyola Marymount University...

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Should Teens Take College Classes in 11th Grade?

Should Teens Take College Classes in 11th Grade?

Is it a good idea for teens to take college classes in 11th grade? Increasingly, school staff at both public and private high schools are saying yes, and are working to create new and better ways for students to do so — often at state expense, which can save parents...

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Half of Americans Regret Their Higher Ed Decisions?! Why?

Half of Americans Regret Their Higher Ed Decisions?! Why?

The last thing you want is for your child to make a series of expensive higher ed decisions, and then regret them later. How can you help your kids to avoid making regrettable higher ed decisions? An Epidemic of Regret Regret over higher ed decisions has reached...

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5 Questions to Ask Every Kid Every September

5 Questions to Ask Every Kid Every September

There's one thing parents long for far more than straight A report cards. Parents want kids to do their own homework in a quality manner without the parent needing to prod, nag, oversee, or push. Want to increase your chances of having academically independent...

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Which Colleges Are Still Taking Applications?

Which Colleges Are Still Taking Applications?

Ben and his parents sat up late at their dining room table, combing through all of Ben's college financial aid numbers one more time. Ben's dad ran his fingers nervously through his hair. The problem? It was already summer, and every college that had accepted Ben for...

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5 Reasons “T-Shaped” is Better Than Well-Rounded

5 Reasons “T-Shaped” is Better Than Well-Rounded

From the time students are in middle school, they're told the big lie. That colleges and grad schools are looking for students who are "well-rounded." "Don't commit too deeply to any one thing," well-meaning parents and college counselors tell students. "Instead, do a...

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What to Do and What to ASK On a College Visit

What to Do and What to ASK On a College Visit

Read on, and you'll get instant access to my free, printable list of all the best questions to ask on a college visit. A college visit can occur at any time during middle school or high school. The most common time for students and parents to do a college visit,...

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Two Extra Years in College Could Cost Your Kid $300,000

Two Extra Years in College Could Cost Your Kid $300,000

When you imagine your daughter's future, you probably don't envision her spending extra years in college. Yet, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 40% of college students earn their bachelor's degrees in four years. And only 60% of college...

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Ordinary Students—Extraordinary Financial Aid

Ordinary Students—Extraordinary Financial Aid

You'd love for your son to get loads of free money financial aid to help him pay for college, but you're pretty sure he won't qualify for much. Your family lives comfortably, after all. You aren't poor. You wonder if filling out financial aid forms is even worth your...

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Social Security Checks Garnished To Pay for College

Social Security Checks Garnished To Pay for College

Could you one day have your social security checks garnished to pay for your kids' college? Yes. You may be in danger of having your social security checks garnished and not even realize it. Parents duped into taking out Parent PLUS loans to pay for their kids'...

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Buy LAUNCH Before 1/11/17 — Get Bonuses Worth $248

Buy LAUNCH Before 1/11/17 — Get Bonuses Worth $248

Today I'm announcing the extra bonuses your family will receive if you purchase LAUNCH by January 11, 2017. Bonus #1 You and your immediate family will be invited to attend an online MasterClass with live Q&A with me, the author -- at no charge to you. This online...

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Want More Scholarships? GPA Matters Less Than You Think.

Want More Scholarships? GPA Matters Less Than You Think.

You'd love for your college-bound teen to get more scholarships, but you worry that his GPA just isn't high enough. Am I right? Well, worry no more. Good news. There are thousands of college scholarships available to students with GPAs as low as 2.50. I'll give you...

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3 Ways KIDS Can Get More Financial Aid For College

3 Ways KIDS Can Get More Financial Aid For College

Is your child a senior in high school, or older? This post is part 2 of a 2-part series on what to do each September to make sure the FAFSA form you fill out in early October will get your child maximum financial aid for college. To read part 1 of this very important...

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3 Reasons Rested, Relaxed Teens Are More Successful

3 Reasons Rested, Relaxed Teens Are More Successful

Mary's father entered the library through heavy glass doors and started looking through the stacks for his daughter. He finally found her, bleary-eyed and exhausted, surrounded by books, notebooks, a laptop, and a half cup of cold coffee. "Honey, it's late," he said...

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YOU Can Raise Creative, Confident, Innovative Kids

YOU Can Raise Creative, Confident, Innovative Kids

  The last thing you want to do is raise a child who's just a dull drone, pouring out memorized facts as though facts have the power to save the world. You want to raise a child who will be valued in a future workplace for being creative, confident, and...

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Top 5 Lies We Tell Kids About College

Top 5 Lies We Tell Kids About College

This post is a scary one. But read all the way down to the red print at the bottom and I'll give you a boatload of hope about college. 1. "If you don't get into a good college, you won't be able to get a good job when you graduate." This statement is completely and...

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6th Graders Need to Know THIS About Choosing Career

6th Graders Need to Know THIS About Choosing Career

"Jeannie, are you serious?  We need to talk to 6th graders about career?" Yes.  And if not in 6th grade, then as soon as possible after that.  Why?  Because when your child is in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, his or her brain is growing faster than at any time since...

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Your Kid Actually CAN Get Through College Debt Free

Your Kid Actually CAN Get Through College Debt Free

I'm always most able to inspire people when I talk to them face-to-face. The video above gives me the chance to do that, for you, right now. Click the play button above now; watch for just two minutes. And let this excited, hopeful feeling wash over you:  Kids at all...

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Hi, I’m Jeannie Burlowski.

I am a full-time academic strategist, conference speaker, and author of the book “LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward.

My writing and speaking provide parents a clear, step-by-step checklist so they can set their kids up to succeed brilliantly in college, graduate debt-free, and move directly into careers they excel at and love.

For more than 20 years, I’ve helped students apply to highly competitive law, medical, business, and grad schools. I still do that from my website GetIntoMedSchool.com.

I am married, and my husband and I have a son and a daughter. We live in Minneapolis.

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