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Navigating the Road to College and Beyond

Our blog offers wisdom for parents as they raise their high school students, guiding their transitions to college, graduate school, and the workplace. You will find many of your college application questions answered here, so take some time to peruse our categories!

Posts by Kris Hintz with updates by Kestin Gussoff.

How to Approach the Common Application Personal Statement Essay Prompts

How to Approach the Common Application Personal Statement Essay Prompts

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou. We have recently learned of changes for the Common Application’s personal statement essay prompts for 2017-18. As stated on the Common App website, the changes reflect “the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges […]

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What a Rising High School Senior Can Do This Summer to Get a Jump on College Applications

What a Rising High School Senior Can Do This Summer to Get a Jump on College Applications

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” -Plato. As a college admissions consultant, I often hear parents and their students ask at the end of junior year of high school, “What can we be doing during the summer to prepare for the crazy senior year […]

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College Applications: Guidance Department Input Sheets

“You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.” – Meryl Streep. Many high school guidance departments in my local area of Northern New Jersey distribute input sheets to their students spring of junior year, requesting participation by […]

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Waiting for the “Fat Envelope”

Waiting for the “Fat Envelope”

“The waiting is the hardest part.” – Tom Petty. Unless your high school student was accepted to his or her first choice college through Early Decision or Early Action, your family is probably still in waiting mode. Your student may receive some Regular Decision notifications by mid-March. But the final […]

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Becoming a Recruited College Athlete–or Not?

Becoming a Recruited College Athlete–or Not?

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” –J.W. Von Goethe. At the first YMCA kindergarten soccer game, I remember watching cute little tykes in their brand new shin guards and cleats, chasing the ball around the field in closely clustered, […]

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How to Build a College List

How to Build a College List

“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” -Ben Stein. Building one’s list of prospective colleges is the key first step in the college admissions process. If an applicant’s list is appropriate, the college process will be far […]

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“Senioritis” and What To Do About It

“Growing up is a process, not an event.” – Paul B. Jamison. The head of the Northern New Jersey high school my son attended years ago was a wise and witty woman. I well remember how she warned parents of what to expect when “senioritis” would eventually hit […]

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Why Juniors Should Visit Colleges on Winter and Spring Break

Why Juniors Should Visit Colleges on Winter and Spring Break

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” -John Keats. If your high school junior is your eldest child, you may not yet realize the change that is beginning to percolate in your family life. You may not be psychologically prepared for the idea that school breaks […]

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First “College List” Question: Private versus Public University

First “College List” Question: Private versus Public University

“A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.” – John Ciardi. It’s no secret that the rise in the cost of an American college education has outpaced inflation for decades. A compelling summary by finaid.org reveals a 1.5 ratio of tuition inflation […]

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Parents of 11th Graders: Get Set for “Junior College Night”

Parents of 11th Graders: Get Set for “Junior College Night”

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” -François Rabelais. You just got a notice from your 11th Grader’s guidance counselor that parents are strongly encouraged to attend upcoming “Junior College Night.” They want you to know it’s time to get serious about your student’s college future. What to […]

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