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Should I Take the SAT, the ACT, or BOTH?

Standardized testing for college entry can be overwhelming. Although I am a college consultant and not an admissions test tutor, I am frequently confronted with the question from parents: “Should my kid take the SAT, the ACT, or both?” Let’s see if I can demystify this a

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Helicopter Parents: College and Beyond

The Emory University tour for prospective families traversed the beautiful Atlanta campus on a fragrant spring day a few years ago, ultimately persuading my son that this was the ideal place for his college experience. When the admissions tour guide led us around Emory‘s state-of-the-art medical complex,

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Off to College: The Hero’s Journey

My sister and her daughter just returned from the beauty salon. They did the school spirit pedicure, with Bucknell‘s blue and orange colors on alternating toenails, and the signature B on the big toes. Their outing reflected not only my niece’s enthusiasm for her new freshman adventure,

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General Petraeus Inspires Cornwall HS Class of 2010: No Guts, No Glory

Update, November 13, 2012:  With millions of other disappointed Americans, I watched the spectacular fall from grace of David Petraeus this week, as he resigned as Director of the CIA, days after President Obama’s re-election. For me, this event was particularly poignant, after that glorious evening two-and-a-half

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High School Juniors Apathetic About College Applications?

As a college consultant, I often hear parents complain that their high school juniors, or even rising seniors,  have not yet gotten “fire in the gut” about college. “Is this normal?” they ask. “Will it ever change?” Every student is different, but many still appear apathetic by end

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Your Target Colleges–and It’s a Moving Target

The big college admissions headline this spring is the increased number of students on waiting lists for highly selective colleges. Recent articles on the phenomenon include : “Top Colleges Have Bigger Waiting Lists” NYTimes.com;  “As College Wait Lists Grow, So Does the Anxiety” NPR.org; and  “College Wait

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Prepare for College Essays by Journaling

How can you prepare your sophomore or junior for the college process ahead? You may have read my posts 10 Things You Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader and Your 11th Grader’s 11 Steps to Success. But you’re still worried about those dreaded essays… What if your

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Countdown to Graduation!

Now that you know where your child is going to college, check out my posts to survive the rest of high school senior year and begin the college launch! “Senioritis and What To Do About It” “College Dorm Checklist: A Sneak Peek” “The College Transition Bible” What’s

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Do You Need “A Passion” To Get Into College?

Who brought that ubiquitous word “PASSION” to the college admissions process? Consultants? “How To Apply” books? Admissions officers? Guidance counselors? This word does not come from a teen vocabulary. It’s too extreme, too emotional, too revealing, too blurred with sex or romance, too intense, too uncool, too

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Finding the Best College for Your Major

“My son is interested in sports marketing,” the father explains when I pick up the “BATPHONE“ at Position U 4 College. “What colleges should we look at that would offer that major?” Fortunately, I can suggest several excellent books for finding schools that offer (and are known

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