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Colleges with Arts Merit Scholarships

Sometimes being an artist can help you not to starve. If your high school student is gifted and accomplished in the arts, those talents may be worth money in college. It turns out, a number of universities offer arts scholarships, to attract talented students to enrich the

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A College Consultant’s Christmas List 2012: Young People with a Personal Mission

A few years ago, I wrote a post called “A College Consultant’s Grown-Up Christmas List,” after the moving Amy Grant holiday song that is omnipresent on the radio this time of year. During a season that is always bittersweet for many reasons, I have decided it might

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College Applications: It’s Not a Life Review

Sometime over the past few weeks, you met a new person, at a business event, a fundraiser, a social gathering, or a chance encounter. What do you remember about that individual now? Let’s assume that the forum of the encounter was appropriate for each person to freely

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Teen-Parent Partnership: A New Paradigm for the College Process

Back in the day, many Boomers recall, applying to college was a simple, straightforward matter, which could easily be handled independently by a high school student, with Mom and Dad checking in at the end to ensure they could afford it. How the world has changed. Over the

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The College Process, Not “The Hunger Games”: Networking with Other Families

As a college consultant, I am often surprised to learn that most families shoulder the stressful, confusing college process in isolation from a free, rich resource to which they have access: other families. This “go it alone” modus operandi may stem from: a lack of connection with

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Video Interview: The College Visit

Parents of high school juniors have been busy planning college visits since January, and your family will be traveling to campuses during school breaks for the next few months. I hope my recent blog post, How to Plan a College Visit, gave you some helpful perspective to prepare

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Colleges for B Students

Nobody’s perfect. Not every teenager is bound for the Ivy League. While parents who interview me as a potential consultant for their college-bound superstar ask about my track record with elite institutions, it is in fact a greater challenge to help a B student find an ideal college

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A College Consultant’s “Words to Live By”

As a longtime fan of QuoteGarden, ThinkExist, and BrainyQuote, and a recent convert to Pinterest, I could definitely be called a quotation junkie. I love discovering a clever, pithy line that articulates a fresh insight or ancient nugget of wisdom, pointing out irony and offering hope. In

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College, Passion, Purpose: Readiness is All

Your teenager has been given all the opportunities you never had growing up. You child has been offered material blessings, an affluent suburban community with a competitive high school, as well as parents willing and able to support his or her expensive extracurricular hobbies and finance spectacular

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Parents of High School Juniors: Navigating the Road to College

Parents of high school juniors, you are probably just beginning to wrap your minds around the landscape of the college process. As a college consultant and fellow parent, I am here to help. This blog has many helpful posts about junior year and what is ahead, such

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