Category Archives: College Admissions

Keep Moving!

Keep Moving!

We’ve just passed November 1, the first of several deadlines for college applications. After the stress of this initial push to get Early applications finished, many students are lulled into a sense of complacency. They feel they can wait until the mid-December announcements to begin work on the rest of the college applications should they…

Giving Grief Time

Giving Grief Time

While the households of current seniors are in a whirlwind of activity, the homes of last year’s seniors are strangely quiet. After the massive college application push, the excitement of college acceptances, the joy of graduation, the exhilaration of summer plans and the preparations for college, students head giddily into a new life. Left behind…

Remember to Breathe

Remember to Breathe

You can cut the tension with a knife in the homes of many high school seniors about now. Kids are wide-eyed and sleep deprived. Mothers are resorting to tears or raised voices. Rigorous classes are taking their tolls and college applications are way more complicated than anticipated. Things can deteriorate quickly if we don’t take…

A Diamond of Many Facets

A Diamond of Many Facets

The college application season is upon us with a vengeance! Students are straining to get their applications in shape for the early deadlines. Those who have completed their early applications are gearing up for the marathon required to complete the other 6-7 schools on their list. In their haste to get it done, many kids…

Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

As families begin the arduous process of college applications, the tendency is to view each piece as a separate entity that stands alone. It is easy to get tunnel vision and hyper focus on a single thing: the transcript or the essay or the counselor letter or the interview. Families think that if they just…

Guiding Letters of Recommendation

If your seniors haven’t already done so, they need to contact the teachers they want to write their letters of recommendation now to allow them plenty of time. You want teachers that know your child well, hopefully in and out of the classroom. You want them to be your child’s biggest cheerleader. To find the…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

 We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about the various types of college application essays and the importance of handling them well. We’ll wrap that discussion up today by dealing with the non-essay; short answer questions that still need to be handled as carefully as the larger essays. Each little answer on these questions tells…

Essays That Explore the Life of the Mind

Essays That Explore the Life of the Mind

College admissions counselors try very hard to get to know the students who apply to their university. They truly want to understand what makes each kid tick, what they think about, what is important to them. All these things can be conveyed via the various essays that each school requires. We’ve been looking at various…

College Essays That Explain Why You Fit

College Essays That Explain Why You Fit

Colleges are interested in students who are interested in them. They want kids who will matriculate if selected. Thus, they are careful to vet student’s essays to distinguish between those who know and care about the school and those who are just applying to lots of colleges. This gives us the next set of essays,…

The Extracurricular Essay

The Extracurricular Essay

Students will write a number of essays during the college application process. Last time we talked about the personal statement for the Common Application. Now let’s look at various prompts students are given to discuss their activities outside of school. Colleges want to know what is important to the student as well as how they…

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 riding…

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 particularly…

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. Back…

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 student…

Scheherazade Would Have Aced the College Essay

Scheherazade Would Have Aced the College Essay

Part of the reason I love the symphony is that the composers use musical forms to tell stories and listeners are transported to a different time and place. A few weeks ago I thrilled to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite. It is a musical rendition of Arabian Nights, a rich tapestry of story within a…

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 of…