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The College Process, Not “The Hunger Games”: Networking with Other Families

As a college consultant, I am often surprised to learn that most families shoulder the stressful, confusing college process in isolation from a free, rich resource to which they have access: other families. This “go it alone” modus operandi may stem from: a lack of connection with […]

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A College Consultant’s “Words to Live By”

As a longtime fan of QuoteGarden, ThinkExist, and BrainyQuote, and a recent convert to Pinterest, I could definitely be called a quotation junkie. I love discovering a clever, pithy line that articulates a fresh insight or ancient nugget of wisdom, pointing out irony and offering hope. In […]

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Parents of College-Bound Teens: The Power of “No”

When my son hit the terrible two’s,  I received a rather unwelcome crash course in boundary-setting, from none other than my mother-in-law, who casually observed, “Love is spelled N-O.” As a know-it-all Mozart-in-utero Baby Boomer, I did not exactly relish receiving parenting advice from the Greatest Generation, but her simple […]

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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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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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Teach for America: Graduates Who Will Change the World

As a college admissions consultant, graduate school advisor, and career counselor, I work with young people of all levels of motivation, some who amaze me with their intensity and discipline. Often, however, I find myself nudging adolescents along, at the request of their parents, hoping to breathe […]

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Why Study Liberal Arts in College?

Lynn O’Shaughnessy, higher education journalist, author of The College Solution, and expert on all things college and financial at the College Solution Blog and CBS Money Watch, recently wrote a thought-provoking piece called “8 Reasons Not to Get A Business Degree.” I highly recommend Lynn’s post for […]

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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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Amy Chua: Everybody Needs a Tiger

Last week’s post, “Amy Chua: The Lady or the Tiger” drew heavy response from my readers. As I followed the viral web response to Amy Chua‘s controversial memoir, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. a plethora of new blog ideas swirled in my head. Well, at […]

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Amy Chua: The Lady or the Tiger

No self-respecting college consultant would wait another week to weigh in on Amy Chua‘s controversial memoir, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Today I curled up with my border collie puppy, as a freezing rain destroyed the January snow around our NJ farmhouse, downloaded Tiger Mother […]

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