Category Archives: College Admissions

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Devoted parents work hard trying to find the correct path to the goal their child seeks. In their heart of hearts, they want to believe that there is a magic formula for achievement, that if they do the right things in the right sequence, they can guarantee their child’s victory. These parents are always on…Continue Reading

College Interview Questions

College Interview Questions

Last time we discussed the categories of college interview questions as well as the first question students often get in interview situations. Let’s look at some other questions found in the Self-Awareness category. Often interviewers will try to determine if students have evaluated themselves and their actions. They might ask what the most challenging thing…Continue Reading

The Toughest Interview Question

The Toughest Interview Question

College admissions and scholarship interviews can begin in the fall (as soon as Early Action/Early Decision applications are submitted) and continue throughout the spring, depending on each college’s deadlines. Interview questions tend to clump around six major categories: Self-Awareness, Milestones, Relationships, Favorites, College/Career Plans, and Opinions. The questions that center on Self-Awareness are the biggest…Continue Reading

A Behind the Scenes Look at Interview Practice

A Behind the Scenes Look at Interview Practice

In January, most college applications are completed and we turn our attention to interviews for college admissions and scholarships. While most families (and students) are deeply concerned about the interview process, it is a skill that can be developed and can ultimately be a fun experience! I often do a crash course with students in…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue 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 particularly…Continue 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. Back…Continue 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 student…Continue Reading