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Building a Network: ‘One Simple Connection Can Lead to So Much’

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Through his venture, GivingBackPacks, high school student Alex Swerdlow has learned the value of developing a social mission. At the same time, he has begun to master one of the most vital business skills: making connections. One simple e-mail can lead to endless possibilities.

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Denim in the Raw: ‘There Is No Better Time than Now to Start Your Business’

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KWHS interviewer Avivah Hotimsky recently sat down with Adina Luo, cofounder of Black Box Denim, to discuss her passion for great-fitting jeans and for building a brand.

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‘Creating a Fair Playing Field’: What’s Behind the SAT Redesign

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During junior year of high school, three little letters become very powerful: SAT. Recent changes to the college entrance exams will change the content of the tests and will also affect the expanding test-preparation industry. KWHS takes a look at the SAT – specifically, its accessibility, affordability and authenticity as a test of knowledge.

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Retail Careers of All Shapes and Sizes

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Football fans are likely lining up outside a Finish Line store in Gainesville, Fla. Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam, who signed a million-dollar contract last year as a first-round pick, has decided to work in the mall during the off-season to get experience for the day when he hopes to become a retail entrepreneur. Industry insiders agree that solid store experience is a great first step toward a career in retail, whether you plan to work as a buyer, merchandiser or even social media maven. KWHS explores various retail careers.

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Three Critical Steps to Help You Choose a College

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In the coming weeks, your mailbox will be stuffed with what you hope are those coveted college acceptance letters. Then the real work begins as you set out to make what is likely the biggest decision of your life thus far. An expert in decision sciences offers some valuable guidance – as do a few seniors who have been wrestling with their own momentous choices.

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The Week in Review:

Is Bossy the Other “B” Word?

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Seldom does one word get people talking so much, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg couldn’t be happier. Her new “Ban Bossy” campaign is meant to elevate the conversation around what prevents women from becoming leaders in hopes of ultimately encouraging more women to step up. KWHS called on Wharton student Katlyn Grasso, founder of a company that works to empower high school girls, to offer her perspective on “bossy.”

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The Week in Review:

A New Kind of Money: Bitcoin Basics Amidst a Week of Mt. Gox Mayhem

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Have you checked into the cryptocoin scene lately? Even if you haven’t, you may have heard talk of the mysterious Mt. Gox, bitcoin and freaked-out investors. Following the news of the first and most widely known bitcoin exchange suddenly going dark, KWHS helps to demystify the world of digital currency.

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Shout-out to Potential Computer Scientists: Don’t Just Consume Technology; Create It

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Next time you post on Instagram or lose it over a YouTube video, consider the technology behind these essentials of daily life. Sarah Friar, CFO of Square in San Francisco, wants to motivate young women around the world – including Australia, which has a shortfall of 37,000 computer engineers – to consider careers in technology and engineering.

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