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Most of my energy is directed toward finding a job right now, so updates might be a bit scattered for a while. Please accept my apologies.

There’s more bad news for victims of bullying. “A new U.S. study has found that victims of bullying have high levels of a protein in their bloodstream that is associated with fighting off an infection — and that it lingers even into early adulthood.” The article links to the original study for those interested in further reading. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there were more than 30,000 homeless children in rural America last year, but advocates believe the actual number is much higher.”  From NPR, a story about the problem of rural homelessness and one New York student who, after five months of living in the woods with her family, now has a real home—complete with warm shower. Kudos to the caring school counseling staff that helped make it happen.

While many parents and students are still wrestling with the interchangeability of the ACT and the SAT, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) released a study in February showing there is no perceptible difference in academic performance between students who do and do not submit ACT or SAT scores. Counselors who work with high school students should be aware of which schools are test-optional, especially in light of the number of students we work with who, though academically capable, struggle with standardized testing.

In light of the difficulties college graduates are having finding jobs and the mountains of debt they often struggle with, there are families who are starting to question the usefulness of going to college at all. If you’re working with a student who is asking this question, you should tell them that, “Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close. For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year-degree has probably never been more valuable.”