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Weather and College Choice

Weather and College Choice

“I like the cold weather. It means you get work done.” -Noam Chomsky. Weather? You might be surprised how often this topic comes up with my clients when discussing all the dimensions of college choice. Somewhere between the dimensions of institutional prestige, availability of programs of interest,

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Your 11th Grader’s 11 Steps to Success

Your 11th Grader’s 11 Steps to Success

“Action expresses priorities.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. Junior year is here: the year that counts. Maybe your teen made mistakes, didn’t focus enough, experienced a few “blip” grades last year. All part of growing up. But now…it’s time to get serious. What does that mean, exactly? Be perfect? Get

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Public vs. Private Universities or Liberal Arts Colleges

Public vs. Private Universities or Liberal Arts Colleges

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” – Francis Bacon. As a college consultant, I ask clients in our first meeting if they wish to consider public or private universities or liberal arts colleges, a question which I feel should be asked before all others when developing one’s college

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College Applications: The Restaurant Analogy

College Applications: The Restaurant Analogy

“A dark horse, which had never been thought of, rushed past the grand stand to sweeping triumph.”  – Benjamin Disraeli. In this post, I offer  a template to help your high school student strategically select potential “hidden gem” schools for one’s prospective college list. Rather than viewing the admissions

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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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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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