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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.

Adjusting to College Life: “Friendsickness”

Adjusting to College Life: “Friendsickness”

“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.” – William Shakespeare. Your college freshman will make many new adjustments, from doing laundry to managing a heavy academic load independently. In this post, I would like to focus on one absolutely essential adjustment: establishing new social connections.

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Why You Should Consider Applying to College Early Decision

Why You Should Consider Applying to College Early Decision

“There are no unmixed blessings in life.”- Irish Proverb. What is Early Decision? “ED” is defined by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) as:  “the application process in which students make a commitment to a first choice institution where, if admitted, they definitely will enroll.

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College Family Weekends: Forever Jung

College Family Weekends: Forever Jung

“Growing up is a process, not an event.” -Paul B. Jamison. It was one of those crisp, breezy October Saturdays in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, with the leaves just beginning to sport a bit of gold and copper under a cloudless cobalt sky. It was Family

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Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: October

Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: October

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – George S. Patton.   This post is the second in a month-by-month timeline for keeping your high school senior on target for the college application process through organization, which will keep the

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Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: September

Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: September

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” -Leonard Bernstein. Your high school senior is about to embark on one of the most frenzied, tense few months of his or her young life. As a college admissions consultant, I would

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Accepting the Empty Nest

Accepting the Empty Nest

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” -Raymond Lindquist. A few years back, I read a thought-provoking article in The New York Times by parenting expert Madeleine Levine, entitled “After the Children Have Grown.”  Since it is that time of year again, when parents are sending their

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How Parents Can Help–Or Not–with College Essays

How Parents Can Help–Or Not–with College Essays

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” -Edmund Burke. Years ago, I sat in a New Jersey auditorium listening to a Vanderbilt University roadshow information session. The young admissions representative and Vandy alum was also a graduate of Delbarton, a premier local private high school, and

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Tips for College Trips

Tips for College Trips

“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.” – Alfred Adler. A few years back, I participated in a whirlwind tour of MidAtlantic colleges, accompanying a good friend and her daughter, a rising high school senior. On the drive back, the three of us made a list

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Does the College Essay Topic Matter?

Does the College Essay Topic Matter?

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling. “Don’t write a sports essay. Admissions people see so many of those, and they get bored.” The above advice is often given to confused high school students, who are desperately trying to

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“Confessional” College Essays

“Confessional” College Essays

“Never say more than is necessary.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Recently, a family returned from a university information session, confused and upset about essay advice offered by the admissions representative. “Avoid the three D’s,” she recommended. “Death, Divorce and Disease.” This cynical advice gave this family the impression

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