Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

Going Deeper

Going Deeper

Going Deeper by Jeannette Webb I recently had a fascinating conversation with an extremely successful engineer.  When queried, he explained to me how he acquired such a stunning skill set.  As a young professional, he always volunteered for the tough jobs, the new experiences, while many of his co-workers settled into the routine (and rut)…

Are Your Kids Living in Disneyland?

Are Your Kids Living in Disneyland?

Are Your Kids Living in Disneyland? By Jeannette Webb I am a firm believer in the magic of childhood.  I worked extremely hard so my kids would always feel safe and secure even when I wasn’t entirely sure that we were.  I presided over a delightful childhood for my two youngsters.  We reclined on the…

Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting?  Part 2

Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting? Part 2

Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting? Part 2  By Jeannette Webb  Monday I asked if your child’s college application would fit within the parameters of the particular college they were interested in attending.  Today we will look at two ways to make their application stand out.  1. Make sure the Activity Profile is worthwhile.  I…

Living in the Margin:  Part 3

Living in the Margin: Part 3

Living in the Margin:  Part 3 By Jeannette Webb  I’ll be totally honest and tell you that the addition of margin to my life saved my marriage, revolutionized my parenting, and restored my health.  After 25 years of living in the margin, I am a radically different woman. I’d like to wrap up our discussion…

Living in the Margin:  Part 1

Living in the Margin: Part 1

Living in the Margin: Part 1  by Jeannette Webb  Years ago when I was a dual-career mom with two small children and office deadlines to meet, I met myself coming and going in the whirlwind of our everyday lives.  I had a time-intensive career, an overloaded volunteer schedule, and things were starting to fall apart.…

Are You Keeping All Doors Open for Your Child?  Do You Want To?

Are You Keeping All Doors Open for Your Child? Do You Want To?

After years of providing college admissions assistance, I have come to understand that the apprehension involved with homeschool high school is less about high school and more about college.  Families are worried about hurting their child’s college opportunities.  As a result, they totally stress over high school and that which should be a wonderful final…

The Dangers of Self-Esteem

The Dangers of Self-Esteem

  The Dangers of Self-Esteem By Jeannette Webb  Worrying about a child’s self-esteem can trip any parent up, but it is especially treacherous for those who homeschool high school.  Instead of worrying if our kids are competent, we worry that they like themselves.  We are concerned what will happen if they fail.  We stress over stress. As…

Homeschool High School:  Develop a Plan Early

Homeschool High School: Develop a Plan Early

  Homeschool High School:  Develop a Plan Early By Jeannette Webb While I work with any student headed to any college, the majority of my clients homeschool high school and thus have a unique profile that needs to be handled carefully.  Far too often I get a call in the late fall of the senior…

Homeschool High School:  Give Your Child an Edge in College Admissions

Homeschool High School: Give Your Child an Edge in College Admissions

 Homeschool High School:  Give Your Child an Edge in College Admissions  by Jeannette Webb I get many calls from families trying to decide is they should homeschool high school or if they should revert to a more traditional method.  Of course a question like this is multifaceted, but there are huge advantages to choosing the…

Developing Significant Discipline

Developing Significant Discipline

   Developing Significant Discipline By Jeannette Webb  We’ve seen them and been amazed – kids who somehow seem to have a hidden secret to accomplishment.  I’m not really talking about winning awards or knocking the top off standardized tests, but a driving motivation to do something with their lives.  When their existence is viewed from…

Jumping Off the Gerbil Wheel

Jumping Off the Gerbil Wheel

Jumping Off the Gerbil Wheel By Jeannette Webb    Time for confession.  I was born with the classic gerbil wheel personality:  firstborn, Type A, deeply competitive, hot temper.  I’ve lived with a sense of urgency from childhood and I was parented to dominate.  And dominate I did throughout high school, college, and into a professional…

Power Resume Words

Power Resume Words

Power Resume Words By Jeannette Webb It is always interesting to me when I begin working with students.I look over their profile information:classes, grades, test scores, activity list, etc.It is usually interesting, but fairly generic. Only through talking with them do I gain insight into their life and extracurricular profile. Quite often they have done…

Summer Plans Affect College Admissions (Part 2) – Learning How to Work

Summer Plans Affect College Admissions (Part 2) – Learning How to Work

Rogers and Hammerstein immortalized the windswept plains of Oklahoma.  It was a brutal existence for the early pioneers.  It is still a hard land for those trying to wrest a living from the soil.  It was in that crucible that my children learned to work.   My daughter tells the story best in these excerpts from…

Summer Plans Impact College Admissions

Summer Plans Impact College Admissions

   Summer Plans Impact College Admissions By Jeannette Webb   Did you know that how your child chooses to spend his summer will impact college admissions?   Whoa there!  Don’t go out searching for all the latest and greatest summer camps and conferences with which to pack your child’s schedule.  That’s not what I’m talking about…

The Myth of Well-Roundedness

The Myth of Well-Roundedness

Back in the day I was applying for scholarships and to college, “well-rounded” was the buzzword.  Students who spread themselves thin over many activities won all the awards.  My own personal college activity record was a nightmare.  I was a member of no less than 16 organizations, president of two, and officer in ten.  I…