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College Applications and the Lost Arts of Reading & Writing

College Applications and the Lost Arts of Reading & Writing

“We read to know that we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis. I love quotations! (Doesn’t everybody?) Today I’m sharing my favorite quotes on the lost arts of reading and writing, the two most essential (but surprisingly overlooked) ingredients for getting into one’s dream college. I invite […]

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Preparing for Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry

Your high school student has always wanted to be doctor or dentist. What guidance can you offer to help prepare for a pre-health program in college? Let me suggest an approach for clarifying what your student’s interest is and where it may be leading; then how to […]

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Admitted Students Day: A Different Kind of College Visit

Admitted Students Day: A Different Kind of College Visit

“To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back.”– Chinese proverb. By mid-March, your high school senior has probably already received responses from some prospective colleges. Certainly in a few weeks, all the returns will be in.  You will soon have three pieces of information […]

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Decision-Making 101

Decision-Making 101

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” – Wallace Stevens. It has been a tough spring for high school seniors. After many months of waiting, the ball has finally gone into their court. Time for them to take an action, for which many have […]

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High School Testing Strategy and Timeline

High School Testing Strategy and Timeline

“My secret is practice.”  -David Beckham. The alarm clock rings, startling me out of sound REM sleep. I grab it furiously, switch it off, and hurl it to the floor. Then I glance at the time, and—YIKES! I’m late! I leap out of bed. It’s Saturday morning […]

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What Is Important to Colleges? Top Ten Factors

What Is Important to Colleges? Top Ten Factors

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” -William James. SATs as an extracurricular activity? Traveling soccer clubs beginning in kindergarten? Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless? President of the tiddly-wink club? Curing cancer with My First Chemistry Kit? What should […]

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Weather and College Choice

Weather and College Choice

“I like the cold weather. It means you get work done.” -Noam Chomsky. Weather? You might be surprised how often this topic comes up with my clients when discussing all the dimensions of college choice. Somewhere between the dimensions of institutional prestige, availability of programs of interest, […]

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Public vs. Private Universities or Liberal Arts Colleges

Public vs. Private Universities or Liberal Arts Colleges

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” – Francis Bacon. As a college consultant, I ask clients in our first meeting if they wish to consider public or private universities or liberal arts colleges, a question which I feel should be asked before all others when developing one’s college […]

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College Applications: The Restaurant Analogy

College Applications: The Restaurant Analogy

“A dark horse, which had never been thought of, rushed past the grand stand to sweeping triumph.”  – Benjamin Disraeli. In this post, I offer  a template to help your high school student strategically select potential “hidden gem” schools for one’s prospective college list. Rather than viewing the admissions […]

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Private Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges: Make Sure You Get Your Money’s Worth

Private Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges: Make Sure You Get Your Money’s Worth

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde. As any parent with a child in college will tell you, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed over recent decades and has become unbearable for American families. According to FinAid.org, tuition inflation […]

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