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A College Consultant’s Grown-Up Christmas List

Amy Grant’s touching rendition of Grown-Up Christmas List was omnipresent on the radio this season. I welcomed it, far more than the slaphappy holiday fare that glosses over the complex lives we all lead, textured with joy and pain, gain and loss, peace laced with worry and […]

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December 15: Early Notification for College Acceptance

December 15 is the day when many colleges and universities notify Early Decision and Early Action and applicants of acceptance, deferral or denial. The notification timing is in fact all over the board, particular with state universities who notify on a rolling basis, but December 15 has […]

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Helicopter Parents: College and Beyond

The Emory University tour for prospective families traversed the beautiful Atlanta campus on a fragrant spring day a few years ago, ultimately persuading my son that this was the ideal place for his college experience. When the admissions tour guide led us around Emory‘s state-of-the-art medical complex, […]

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Off to College: The Hero’s Journey

My sister and her daughter just returned from the beauty salon. They did the school spirit pedicure, with Bucknell‘s blue and orange colors on alternating toenails, and the signature B on the big toes. Their outing reflected not only my niece’s enthusiasm for her new freshman adventure, […]

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General Petraeus Inspires Cornwall HS Class of 2010: No Guts, No Glory

Update, November 13, 2012:  With millions of other disappointed Americans, I watched the spectacular fall from grace of David Petraeus this week, as he resigned as Director of the CIA, days after President Obama’s re-election. For me, this event was particularly poignant, after that glorious evening two-and-a-half […]

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High School Juniors Apathetic About College Applications?

As a college consultant, I often hear parents complain that their high school juniors, or even rising seniors,  have not yet gotten “fire in the gut” about college. “Is this normal?” they ask. “Will it ever change?” Every student is different, but many still appear apathetic by end […]

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Prepare for College Essays by Journaling

How can you prepare your sophomore or junior for the college process ahead? You may have read my posts 10 Things You Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader and Your 11th Grader’s 11 Steps to Success. But you’re still worried about those dreaded essays… What if your […]

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Do You Need “A Passion” To Get Into College?

Who brought that ubiquitous word “PASSION” to the college admissions process? Consultants? “How To Apply” books? Admissions officers? Guidance counselors? This word does not come from a teen vocabulary. It’s too extreme, too emotional, too revealing, too blurred with sex or romance, too intense, too uncool, too […]

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Senior Year Parent? Learn to Paint

My sister calls it “agita.” My Jewish girlfriend calls it “shpilkis”. It’s the kind of waiting that drives you crazy inside. You feel a sense of urgency, but the action isn’t up to you. You feel impotent and absolutely furious, like your head will explode. “Did you […]

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College Move-In: The Aftermath

My shoulders ached, despite the Advils I’d been taking all day. I had just finished move-in for my son’s sophomore year at Emory. I finished my Diet Coke, so fitting at “Coca Cola U.” It was thankfully unseasonably cool for Atlanta in August, with a refreshing breeze […]

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