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College, Passion, Purpose: Readiness is All

Your teenager has been given all the opportunities you never had growing up. You child has been offered material blessings, an affluent suburban community with a competitive high school, as well as parents willing and able to support his or her expensive extracurricular hobbies and finance spectacular […]

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Parents of High School Juniors: Navigating the Road to College

Parents of high school juniors, you are probably just beginning to wrap your minds around the landscape of the college process. As a college consultant and fellow parent, I am here to help. This blog has many helpful posts about junior year and what is ahead, such […]

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My Ten Favorite College Essay Prompts

As a college consultant, I have become intimately familiar with numerous supplemental college essay questions. While many prompts seem doomed to elicit responses that are conventional clichés, others are bound to spark creativity, and hopefully evoke genuine self-discovery, for the motivated applicant. In no special order, here […]

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The Importance of Character in Admissions Decisions

  I clicked on the slide that listed the “Top Ten Factors” that are most important to colleges in making admission decisions, according to the National Association of College Admission Counselors’ annual survey of public and private colleges and universities. I had made this presentation numerous times before during […]

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Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: November

This post is the third in a month-by-month timeline for keeping your high school senior on target with minimal stress. November: Keep on top of the spreadsheet you started in September. Your student may have completed some early or rolling applications, but most likely there are additional […]

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Navigating the Road to College: A Handbook for Parents

Three years ago, not long after starting my college admissions consultancy, Position U 4 College LLC, I decided to write a blog to help parents guide their adolescents in the journey from high school to college. I hoped to offer more than “how-to” advice on the application […]

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Last Chance College Admissions Opportunities

April 1—April Fool’s Day—has arrived. Your student has fought the good fight: taken the standardized tests, applied to a number of schools, written myriad essays, and waited on pins and needles for months. There are a few decent choices, but nothing he or she is truly excited […]

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Preparing for a Major in…Psychology

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Preparing for a Major in…Marine Science

Your teen has always been interested in the ocean. What guidance can you offer to help her prepare for a future college major and career related to the marine environment? This is the first post of a series about preparation for a college major.  “Listen for the […]

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Antidotes for the Race to Nowhere

Vicki Abeles’ grassroots documentary film, Race to Nowhere, has generated reflection and thoughtful discussion among parents, teachers and policymakers about achievement pressure placed on our nation’s children and adolescents. As described on its website, the film “points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, […]

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