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Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: October

Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: October

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – George S. Patton.   This post is the second in a month-by-month timeline for keeping your high school senior on target for the college application process through organization, which will keep the

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Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: September

Fall Timeline for High School Seniors: September

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” -Leonard Bernstein. Your high school senior is about to embark on one of the most frenzied, tense few months of his or her young life. As a college admissions consultant, I would

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How Parents Can Help–Or Not–with College Essays

How Parents Can Help–Or Not–with College Essays

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” -Edmund Burke. Years ago, I sat in a New Jersey auditorium listening to a Vanderbilt University roadshow information session. The young admissions representative and Vandy alum was also a graduate of Delbarton, a premier local private high school, and

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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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Does the College Essay Topic Matter?

Does the College Essay Topic Matter?

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling. “Don’t write a sports essay. Admissions people see so many of those, and they get bored.” The above advice is often given to confused high school students, who are desperately trying to

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“Why University of X?” College Essay

“Why University of X?” College Essay

“Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.” – William Shakespeare. When I work with high school students on this essay, asked in some way, shape or form in most school-specific supplements to the Common Application, their knee-jerk response is to play back obvious answers.

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How to REALLY Decide on a College

How to REALLY Decide on a College

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – William Shakespeare. Your high school senior will be receiving responses from his or her prospective colleges by mid-March (or the first of April) and the universal enrollment deadline is the first of May.

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10 Things Parents Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader

10 Things Parents Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader

1-Prevent transcript disasters
2-Scout for activities
3-Encourage your kid to seek challenge in academic areas of strength
4-Help your kid seek extra-curricular depth vs. breadth
5-Offer clerical support
6-Make campus visits part of family trips
7-Choose battles carefully
8-Do stealth research
9-Urge your kid to build relationships with adults
10-Support your kid’s development as a complete human being

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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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The Big American College Experience: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

The Big American College Experience: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Hollywood’s myths about college life, dramatized in Greek/party movies, such as Animal House, Van Wilder, Old School, Road Trip, and Back to School, and NCAA Division I oriented athletics films, such as Rudy, Glory Road,  The Air Up There, The Program, We Are Marshall, and The Blind Side, have certainly colored our children’s picture of what

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