Category Archives: College Admissions

College Essays Take Time

College Essays Take Time

The college admissions game has gotten intense. Students take multiple standardized tests, rigorous classes, and fill their spare time with extracurricular activities. Yet, one of the hardest things they are required to do is write a personal essay. It is their one chance to “talk” to the admissions officer, thus there is a lot ridingContinue Reading

Explain Your Homeschool Choices Carefully

Explain Your Homeschool Choices Carefully

Homeschoolers have come a long way. We’ve gone from misunderstood to mainstream. We’ve progressed from a minimalist high school education to the rigors of AP classes and research. We’ve earned our place at respected universities. The reason for much of our success has been that we’ve learned how to explain our choices. This becomes particularlyContinue Reading

ROI

ROI

For generations Americans have seen college as an investment to a better future. The whole family would scrape together the funds and make huge sacrifices to send a smart, hardworking son. He, in turn, would earn higher wages, help the younger siblings, and pull the rest of the family into a different socio-economic level. BackContinue Reading

Finding a Good College Fit

Finding a Good College Fit

  Summer vacations and extracurricular activities offer the perfect opportunity to visit area colleges. With more than 3,000 institutions across this country, you are always a stone’s throw away from an institution of higher education. As your family takes campus tours, visits with students, think about what would make a good fit for your studentContinue Reading

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

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

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