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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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High School Graduation versus College Commencement

At a lunch with “mom friends” from my son’s former high school, a mother of both a college grad and high school senior asked if I would write a blog post about the differences between the two rites of passage of high school and college commencement. I

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Navigating the Road to College: A Handbook for Parents

Three years ago, not long after starting my college admissions consultancy, Position U 4 College LLC, I decided to write a blog to help parents guide their adolescents in the journey from high school to college. I hoped to offer more than “how-to” advice on the application

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Teach for America: Graduates Who Will Change the World

As a college admissions consultant, graduate school advisor, and career counselor, I work with young people of all levels of motivation, some who amaze me with their intensity and discipline. Often, however, I find myself nudging adolescents along, at the request of their parents, hoping to breathe

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A College Consultant’s Grown-Up Christmas List

Amy Grant’s touching rendition of Grown-Up Christmas List was omnipresent on the radio this season. I welcomed it, far more than the slaphappy holiday fare that glosses over the complex lives we all lead, textured with joy and pain, gain and loss, peace laced with worry and

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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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College Move-In: The Aftermath

My shoulders ached, despite the Advils I’d been taking all day. I had just finished move-in for my son’s sophomore year at Emory. I finished my Diet Coke, so fitting at “Coca Cola U.” It was thankfully unseasonably cool for Atlanta in August, with a refreshing breeze

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When Big Brother or Sister Goes to College

Years ago, when the older daughter of family friends was leaving for college, I was trying to comfort the more reserved younger daughter, who was trying to prepare emotionally for her beloved sister’s departure. The two sisters had a close relationship, and I knew they would miss

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