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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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The Big American College Experience: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

The Big American College Experience: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Hollywood’s myths about college life, dramatized in Greek/party movies, such as Animal House, Van Wilder, Old School, Road Trip, and Back to School, and NCAA Division I oriented athletics films, such as Rudy, Glory Road,  The Air Up There, The Program, We Are Marshall, and The Blind Side, have certainly colored our children’s picture of what […]

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Overlooked States for Northeast College Applicants: Ohio

Location, location, location!  It’s human nature to want to live in a place that is familiar to you, which you perceive as having a caché among your peers. Problem is, when you choose a place that all your peers desire as well, whether we are talking about […]

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Doping to Ace the SATs?

This morning I read yet another article about cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has been stripped of his Tour de France medals due to accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs. As a college consultant, I cannot help but consider the connection between doping for sports competitions and the “Tour de […]

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Colleges with Arts Merit Scholarships

Sometimes being an artist can help you not to starve. If your high school student is gifted and accomplished in the arts, those talents may be worth money in college. It turns out, a number of universities offer arts scholarships, to attract talented students to enrich the […]

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A College Consultant’s Christmas List 2012: Young People with a Personal Mission

A few years ago, I wrote a post called “A College Consultant’s Grown-Up Christmas List,” after the moving Amy Grant holiday song that is omnipresent on the radio this time of year. During a season that is always bittersweet for many reasons, I have decided it might […]

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Empty Nester? Get a Gig–with a New Attitude

An update of last year’s popular post. We Baby Boomers, the intensity generation, have hurled our hearts and souls into every life chapter. As the first generation to choose when to become parents, we became passionate parents, elevating parenting to the apex of Maslow’s Hierarchy, playing Mozart […]

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College Applications: It’s Not a Life Review

Sometime over the past few weeks, you met a new person, at a business event, a fundraiser, a social gathering, or a chance encounter. What do you remember about that individual now? Let’s assume that the forum of the encounter was appropriate for each person to freely […]

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High School Graduation versus College Commencement

At a lunch with “mom friends” from my son’s former high school, a mother of both a college grad and high school senior asked if I would write a blog post about the differences between the two rites of passage of high school and college commencement. I […]

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