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Navigating the Road to College and Beyond

Our blog offers wisdom for parents as they raise their high school students, guiding their transitions to college, graduate school, and the workplace. You will find many of your college application questions answered here, so take some time to peruse our categories!

Posts by Kris Hintz with updates by Kestin Gussoff.

College Applications: Don’t Follow the Lemmings

College Applications: Don’t Follow the Lemmings

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost. When any market, such as real estate, the stock market, or the college market, becomes so competitive that it is difficult to gain a foothold, the wise “investor” is

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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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Handling December College Admissions News

Handling December College Admissions News

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” – Margaret Mitchell. Several years ago, I created a video for my client families who have high school seniors waiting for college admissions news in December, for Early Decision or Early Action schools. My video offers encouragement and

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The Power of Thank You Notes in the College Process

The Power of Thank You Notes in the College Process

“Wag more. Bark less.” -Author Unknown Thank you notes may seem a bit quaint or archaic in today’s fast-moving, texting, “onto the next thing” culture. But manners are never out of style; in fact, I believe it is essential that your son or daughter consistently practice this expression

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College Skype™ Admissions Interviews

College Skype™ Admissions Interviews

“I love acting. It is so much more real than life.” – Oscar Wilde. Most colleges and universities today do not require evaluative admissions interviews, but many at least “highly encourage” interviews (e.g., U Rochester, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, Barnard, Rice), either for all applicants or for honors college

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Academic Awards to Earn for College

Academic Awards to Earn for College

“Even when you get some recognition, everything you do, you still audition.” – Stephen Sondheim. Most American teenagers have shelves filled with plastic trophies from sports and other competitions going back to kindergarten. In contrast, many high school students are at a loss to fill in the five-item list

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College Applicants: Yes, the Rules Apply to You, Too

College Applicants: Yes, the Rules Apply to You, Too

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein. Our culture admires those who challenge the status quo. American success lore brims with heroic biographies of courageous, original entrepreneurs, explorers, inventors,  athletes, celebrities, and politicians. The fact that young

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Preparing for Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Animal

Preparing for Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Animal

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” -Anatole France Your high school student has always talked about someday becoming a vet. What guidance can you offer to help  your teen prepare for an undergraduate pre-veterinary track or the diverse array of

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College Consultants? Who Needs’em?

College Consultants? Who Needs’em?

“It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.” – Oscar Wilde. Why should families hire an independent college admissions consultant?  1. Focused one-on-one attention. In the middle of this decade, studies by the U.S. Dept. of Education and

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How Parents Can Launch Their Young Adult Children by Being, Not Doing

How Parents Can Launch Their Young Adult Children by Being, Not Doing

“Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.” -Indries Shah. As a college consultant, I am frequently struck by the fact that many parents who clearly love and want the best for their teenage or young adult children ironically seem to create rebellious,

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