Jul 21 2016
The first half of summer is in the books. The start of the school year is just weeks away and rising high school seniors are feeling like there’s a lot to do if they plan to apply to college. Here are the five most important things to get done this summer so that the college […]
Mar 04 2016
Recently the 10th grade class parents at the school where I work approached me about leading a discussion on the college process.
I didn’t hesitate. I jumped at the opportunity because any chance I have to communicate how the process works in advance of a student’s junior year is hugely beneficial for the student and family. […]
Dec 21 2015
Do you ever wonder if colleges know what other schools you applied to? You’re not alone. Rest assured they won’t find out unless you tell them.
That being said, you want to make sure that every piece of your application to each college screams, “I want you!” Colleges are shockingly insecure about whether a competitive […]
Sep 09 2015
Before I moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I don’t recall ever hearing the term “farmette.” If I had, it didn’t register. But it sure registered with me a few weeks ago when I met a rising high school senior named Savannah who lives in the Southern part of the county with her mom and dad—on […]
Aug 11 2015
After reading hundreds of thousands of essays over the years as an admissions officer, dean of admission, and now as a college counselor, I have come to accept that my own college essay was basic—at best. If I had the chance to rewrite my college essay, I would do it in a heartbeat. This time, […]
Jul 03 2015
Mark this date in American history: June 26, 2015 was the day that SCOTUS endorsed the freedom to embrace your own identity. With the click of a cursor and a stroke of a pen, a fundamental right was confirmed—the right to be true to yourself. It is a powerful moment for all, but especially for […]
Jun 30 2015
I’ll admit it. I appreciated Taylor Swift from afar, but I wouldn’t call myself a fan. I listened to her songs on the radio in a somewhat detached way. I knew she was the kind of young woman I want my own daughter to admire. But I didn’t feel any special connection to her as […]
Jun 24 2015
Applying to college is so instinctual. You have to trust your gut every step of the way. No step is more important than visiting colleges. It’s all about seeing for yourself how the college’s glossy brochures and interactive website live up to the reality. One of the best memories I have from my college search […]
Apr 28 2015
Passing your driver’s test. Overcoming your fear of heights and riding a roller coaster for the first time. Wanting to be a doctor since you were a little kid. These three topics used to be my three most dreaded essay themes to read about when I worked in college admissions.
If you’re looking for the perfect checklist or step-by-step […]
Apr 25 2015
“Getting off the waitlist” is usually a combination of a little luck, targeted communication, and the power of a connection between you and your admissions officer. Yes, getting admitted from the waitlist is that subjective.
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