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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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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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“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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Preparing to Major in…the Performing Arts

Preparing to Major in…the Performing Arts

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” – Rumi. Your son or daughter is not just  a “triple threat,”  a performer who excels in acting, singing and dancing. He or she is an academic superstar as well. How can you help your teenager

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Honorable Adulthood

Honorable Adulthood

“…God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and see our boys grown up to honorable manhood around us.” – Major Sullivan Ballou. September, 1990. Our son was six months old. My husband and I were engaged in Ken Burns‘ PBS documentary, The Civil War, whenever

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“I’ll Only Visit Colleges I Get Into”

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” – John Keats. Your busy son or daughter has just finished junior year, earning solid grades and a decent SAT score. Varsity athletics takes up most his spare time, and he or she will be gone all summer as a

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First Aid for a Disappointing Grade…

First aid for a disappointing grade depends on whether it is for a marking period or an annual transcript grade, and which year, from a college admissions standpoint.

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Overlooked States for Northeast College Applicants: Ohio

Location, location, location!  It’s human nature to want to live in a place that is familiar to you, which you perceive as having a caché among your peers. Problem is, when you choose a place that all your peers desire as well, whether we are talking about

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Doping to Ace the SATs?

This morning I read yet another article about cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has been stripped of his Tour de France medals due to accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs. As a college consultant, I cannot help but consider the connection between doping for sports competitions and the “Tour de

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