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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.

College Essays: Eight Grammatical Blunders to Avoid

College Essays: Eight Grammatical Blunders to Avoid

“The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.” – Michel de Montaigne. As a college consultant, I have suggested edits for thousands of essays. I am in awe of the imagination and honesty of American teenagers;  I never grow tired of reading […]

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“Why University of X?” College Essay

“Why University of X?” College Essay

“Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.” – William Shakespeare. When I work with high school students on this essay, asked in some way, shape or form in most school-specific supplements to the Common Application, their knee-jerk response is to play back obvious answers. […]

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Parents, Teens…and the Dance of College Applications

Parents, Teens…and the Dance of College Applications

Years ago, when I was studying group dynamics and family therapy at Columbia University Teachers College, I couldn’t get enough of the books by one of the institution’s most famous alums, Dr. Harriet J. Lerner. Her bestsellers include The Dance of Anger,  The Dance of Intimacy, and The Mother […]

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Preparing to Major in…the Performing Arts

Preparing to Major in…the Performing Arts

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” – Rumi. Your son or daughter is not just  a “triple threat,”  a performer who excels in acting, singing and dancing. He or she is an academic superstar as well. How can you help your teenager […]

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How to REALLY Decide on a College

How to REALLY Decide on a College

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – William Shakespeare. Your high school senior will be receiving responses from his or her prospective colleges by mid-March (or the first of April) and the universal enrollment deadline is the first of May. […]

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10 Things Parents Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader

10 Things Parents Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader

1-Prevent transcript disasters
2-Scout for activities
3-Encourage your kid to seek challenge in academic areas of strength
4-Help your kid seek extra-curricular depth vs. breadth
5-Offer clerical support
6-Make campus visits part of family trips
7-Choose battles carefully
8-Do stealth research
9-Urge your kid to build relationships with adults
10-Support your kid’s development as a complete human being

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Honorable Adulthood

Honorable Adulthood

“…God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and see our boys grown up to honorable manhood around us.” – Major Sullivan Ballou. September, 1990. Our son was six months old. My husband and I were engaged in Ken Burns‘ PBS documentary, The Civil War, whenever […]

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College Orientation Rites

College Orientation Rites

Most college freshmen will experience an avalanche of on-campus initiatory rites this summer, timing varying by institution. Some attend orientation programs in June or July, with course advising, registration, welcome events, and even overnights. For others, orientation begins mid-August, right before college actually starts. For many new freshmen, this is […]

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“I’ll Only Visit Colleges I Get Into”

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” – John Keats. Your busy son or daughter has just finished junior year, earning solid grades and a decent SAT score. Varsity athletics takes up most his spare time, and he or she will be gone all summer as a […]

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High School Seniors: Looking Toward College

Your high school senior has been accepted to college. Although you may be dealing with the annoying symptoms of senioritis, you are beginning to sigh with relief because you see the light at the end of the tunnel. The draining, nerve-wracking college application process is over, and […]

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