Jun 01 2017
one of the most feared and intimidating parts of the application process is the college essay. I can understand why students have trepidation leading up to writing their personal statement. For selective and highly selective colleges, the essay matters. It often defines how the student is perceived by the admissions officer reading their application, and […]
Apr 19 2016
High school students are revving up for the end of the school year.
You might be focused on Advanced Placement exams, taking the ACT or SAT, and getting ready for prom. Many of you are also planning to take Subject Tests by the end of the year.
Before you register for these infamous tests, consider these important […]
Mar 10 2016
Doubling up sounds like a wrestling maneuver. But in my line of work doubling up refers to when a student chooses to take two courses in the same subject matter at the same time.
Very rarely is this done by anyone but an ambitious student who has their sights set on something much bigger and grander […]
Watch Sara’s video response to Harvard’s report, “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions.”
Although “Turning the Tide” is full of positive messaging surrounding curricula, standardized testing and community service, Sara is quick to stress that the report doesn’t include mandates, merely recommendations.
It is a good sign that many […]
Feb 16 2016
Many of us in the college counseling field anticipated this moment.
We could predict the outcome when the College Board announced that there would be a new, revised SAT being unveiled in March of 2016. From the moment it was announced, my students began to worry, especially those in the Class of 2017 who would […]
Feb 08 2016
Are you considering taking one or more Subject Tests? Before you do, read this.
Subject Tests are content-specific one hour tests administered by the College Board. They are available in 21 different subject matters, and are offered on the same dates as the SATs except for the March test date.
These tests are scored between a 200 […]
Feb 04 2016
There’s a whole lot of buzz surrounding college admissions these days. It’s easy to understand why.
Whenever Harvard releases a report and a bunch of highly selective colleges endorse it, everyone takes notice. But before we all rejoice about the recommendations in the report titled, “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good […]
Jan 16 2016
The college interview is an important part of the admissions process.
Not only do interviews provide students with a way to showcase their individual assets that could never come across on paper, they also give students a glimpse, however small, of the college and its network. When it comes to college interviews, it’s always good to […]
Nov 19 2015
The email comes. It’s what you’ve been waiting for. Well kind of. It’s not the admissions decision just yet. It’s an email from the alumni interviewer asking if you would like to set up an interview. This means something, right? Not really. It means you applied to their alma mater, and that’s about it.
Large universities tend […]
Sep 05 2015
Watching the stock market plummet then surge recently brought back the same feeling in my gut when I took over as a first time Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid during the 2008 recession. The stock market’s roller coaster leads to calls for calm and rationality from CEOs and economists—but it leads to angst and […]