Category Archives: College Admissions

Alone. Again.

Alone. Again.

These last few weeks have been exciting as my clients have been notified of college and scholarship decisions. After 18 years of dedicated parenting, months of college applications, the stress of thousands of details, the final announcement in print can bring a range of emotion – thankfulness, tears, wonder. Then begins the serious work ofContinue Reading

College Visit Weekends

College Visit Weekends

 In just a few weeks, the agony of waiting will be over for students who applied Regular Decision to selective colleges. April becomes a frantic month as seniors rush to visit weekends at various campuses to make their final decision. Colleges put their best foot forward, roll out the red carpet, provide great food, scheduleContinue Reading

How Valuable is a College Degree?

How Valuable is a College Degree?

Americans have always placed a high value on education. For generations we’ve seen a college degree as the key to advancement, the guaranteed ticket to a great job. Thus, it is rather unsettling to read the recent survey from McKinsey & Company that 45% of four-year college graduates are working in jobs that do notContinue Reading

The Junior Gauntlet

The Junior Gauntlet

The spring semester means different things depending on where your student is in the high school progression. Freshmen are still exploring activities and learning to hold their own in difficult high school classes. Sophomores are rolling along in their AP class(es) and settling into their extracurricular focus. Seniors are breathing easier after completing the collegeContinue Reading

Working With College Admissions Officers

Working With College Admissions Officers

Often college admissions officers are spoken of in hushed tones. They are seen as uncommunicative gods on Mount Olympus with the power to make your children’s dreams come true or to relegate their application to the trash heap and destroy their lives forever. In truth, they are wonderful human beings who really like kids andContinue Reading

Homeschooling to Open Doors

Homeschooling to Open Doors

Last week I introduced my new eBook series, The Thinking Mother’s Guides to Homeschooling. Today I’d like to tell you about the second book in the series. If you are considering homeschooling through high school or are already in the middle of it, Homeschooling to Open Doors: Smart High School Choices for Great College OptionsContinue Reading

Secrets to Successful College Apps

Secrets to Successful College Apps

   I’m pleased to announce my new eBook series, The Thinking Mother’s Guides to Homeschooling. Right now there are two Kindle releases on Amazon, with seven more in the planning stages. They are short, very inexpensive books, but jam-packed with useful information for homeschooling families.   Just in time for the college application season, SecretsContinue Reading

Volunteer Service Hours

Volunteer Service Hours

I frequently get questions about Community Service Hours (or Volunteer Service Hours). Folks are a little fuzzy on what is meant by the term and how many are needed. Let’s start with a definition. What does the term mean? Volunteer Service Hours are the compilation of time your student spends doing things for other people.Continue Reading

The Counselor Letter

The Counselor Letter

It is the time of year that homeschool parents are frantically polishing their homeschool documents that will appear in the School Report section of college applications. One of those documents will be the Counselor Letter – one of the most difficult things I did as my child’s high school guidance counselor. Not physically hard, butContinue Reading

Overcoming the Asian Bias

Overcoming the Asian Bias

The college admissions game has gotten brutal and, as the competition mounts for entrance into elite colleges, hardworking Asian students often find themselves overlooked and underrepresented. Much of this is due to unfavorable stereotyping. Before you get too upset, you need to realize that there are all kinds of stereotypes associated with students applying toContinue Reading

Keeping Track

Keeping Track

 When a college admissions officer evaluates your child’s college application, extracurricular activities will be given an approximate weight of 1/3 (2/3 going to academics). These figures will plug into the formula used by that particular college to rank your student. While 1/3 seems a bit insignificant, this is where students can really distinguish themselves fromContinue Reading

Just What Are Colleges Looking For?

Just What Are Colleges Looking For?

It is the college application season and students around the world are gearing up for the frenzied rush to apply to the school of their dreams. Hovering ever present in the back of their minds is the question of what colleges want. They feel that if they just work hard enough through high school andContinue Reading

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

The letters of recommendation (LOR) required by colleges are the source of much confusion and, to be honest, rarely as powerful as they could be. Let’s shed some light on this particular piece of the college application. There are several types of recommendation letters – teacher recommendations and character recommendations – and that is whereContinue Reading

Save College for . . . .College!

Save College for . . . .College!

  It seems that colleges get more competitive by the year and many parents continually worry that their students are doing enough to get them in the door of better schools. As a result, many homeschoolers abandon the search for the best education available and leap into a full slate of dual enrollment classes atContinue Reading

And What Did You Do Last Summer?

And What Did You Do Last Summer?

This query usually surprises students when it appears during a college interview or on a college application. While it appears to be a fairly trivial inquiry, it is a loaded question. You see, how we spend our time when we have the freedom to make a choice provides great insight. Your answer speaks volumes aboutContinue Reading

Delay Now in Order to be Successful Later

Delay Now in Order to be Successful Later

I often get anguished calls from parents who are trying to decide whether to reclassify their student. It can happen at any point, but often seems to come to a head in the 8th or 9th grade year. Here are the common concerns: The student is often, but not always, a boy (and just soContinue Reading

Is Opportunity Holding You Back?

Is Opportunity Holding You Back?

Opportunity is an interesting phenomenon and means different things to different generations. As I write this, I sit in a room that was built for my husband’s grandmother. In her generation, opportunity was the chance to board in town 20 miles away from her home so she could complete her high school education. For herContinue Reading

Pursuing Life With Excellence!

Pursuing Life With Excellence!

Pursing Life With Excellence! By Jeannette Webb  While enjoying a delightful meal with a few members of our church family, an interesting topic came up. One guest, a former university department head, told the story of a returning student. At age 46, with a family and a full time job, this gentleman decided to goContinue Reading

Paying for College

Paying for College

Paying for College By Jeannette Webb  It is April and kids are happily making college visits to determine where they will matriculate. Parents are thrilled and proud, but simultaneously wondering how to pay for all of this. There are great scholarships out there and my clients have raked in a good number this year; however,Continue Reading

FinAid:  Telling the Whole Story

FinAid: Telling the Whole Story

FinAid: Telling the Whole Story by Jeannette Webb  Life has a way of throwing curve balls. These can be particularly dicey when they happen during the months leading up to college financial aid applications. A case in point is the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. If your insurance company has paid you for damages to yourContinue Reading