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Why Juniors Should Visit Colleges on Winter and Spring Break

Why Juniors Should Visit Colleges on Winter and Spring Break

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” -John Keats. If your high school junior is your eldest child, you may not yet realize the change that is beginning to percolate in your family life. You may not be psychologically prepared for the idea that school breaks

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Questions Applicants Should Ask in a College Admissions Interview

Questions Applicants Should Ask in a College Admissions Interview

“The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.” -David Starr Jordan. Interviewing does not play as pivotal a role in college admissions as it does in employment, but, depending on your student’s prospective institutions, he or she may be doing some interviews.

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Acing the College Admission Interview

Acing the College Admission Interview

“We convince by our presence.” -Walt Whitman. In the adult career world, the interview is pivotal to landing a job. It is natural that parents would expect interviews to play a key role in the college process as well. Client families often come to me feeling stressed

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The Critical Months for College Visits

The Critical Months for College Visits

“Timing is everything.” -Tommy Shaw You read my post, Why Juniors Should Visit Colleges on Winter and Spring Break, knowing the importance of February and March break during junior year for campus tours. But despite parents’ best intentions, life being what it is, the campus visits did not happen.

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Admitted Students Day: A Different Kind of College Visit

Admitted Students Day: A Different Kind of College Visit

“To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back.”– Chinese proverb. By mid-March, your high school senior has probably already received responses from some prospective colleges. Certainly in a few weeks, all the returns will be in.  You will soon have three pieces of information

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How to Plan a College Visit

How to Plan a College Visit

“The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.” – William Osler. It’s that time of year again. School holidays are coming up: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Spring Break, Easter Break. Time for high school juniors to explore college campuses. You

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Weather and College Choice

Weather and College Choice

“I like the cold weather. It means you get work done.” -Noam Chomsky. Weather? You might be surprised how often this topic comes up with my clients when discussing all the dimensions of college choice. Somewhere between the dimensions of institutional prestige, availability of programs of interest,

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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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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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“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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