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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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Handling December College Admissions News

Handling December College Admissions News

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” – Margaret Mitchell. Several years ago, I created a video for my client families who have high school seniors waiting for college admissions news in December, for Early Decision or Early Action schools. My video offers encouragement and

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The Power of Thank You Notes in the College Process

The Power of Thank You Notes in the College Process

“Wag more. Bark less.” -Author Unknown Thank you notes may seem a bit quaint or archaic in today’s fast-moving, texting, “onto the next thing” culture. But manners are never out of style; in fact, I believe it is essential that your son or daughter consistently practice this expression

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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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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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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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