Less is More

  As human beings, we all have an innate need to be heard, to be understood. We want others to “get” us. This desire becomes particularly acute when other people are making decisions about us that will impact our entire life without the benefit of ever actually meeting us. This is the crux of what  [read more] …

Crossed T’s and Dotted I’s

We are all familiar with the old saying: “Cross your T’s and dot your I’s.” An English idiom that encourages attention to detail, this simple reminder has probably framed your work ethic since childhood. In fact, you’ve doubtless used it to exhort your own kids to labor well, to finish the job, to pay attention.  [read more] …

Important FAFSA Changes

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FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a form that is to be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. There is roughly $150 billion dollars of federal financial assistance in the form of grants, work-study, and loans  [read more] …

Common Application Updates

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Each year the Common Application (CA) increases its reach. There are now 700 colleges who accept it and last year there were 942,000 students from 210 countries who utilized it to submit over 4 million applications. Students averaged 4.7 applications each. The size and scope of this service is breathtaking. CA 2016-17 will launch on  [read more] …

The Art of Editing

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 27, 2015: Professional painters help talented children from large families to draw their guardian angel during the annual action "Angel Wings"

I should know better. You would think that after learning a lesson over and over again that I would have it figured out by now. But it seems that if the situation changes slightly, I forget my hard-won wisdom. In the last few years, I have found delight spending my free moments as an art  [read more] …