Jun 20 2017
Last year, Business Insider published the college essay of a student who was admitted to five Ivy League colleges and Stanford. The essay was about the young woman’s frequent visits to her local Costco. As soon as the essay went viral, minds were blown. Could an essay about walking the aisles of Costco be the […]
Jun 06 2017
In Case You Missed It, Here’s A Recap Of My Recent Facebook Live Q&A: The College Essay—Plus Bonus Questions I Didn’t Get To Answer Live!
The college essay is a critical part of the application process and it’s only natural to have questions about it. And although sitting down to write it can be daunting, the […]
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 […]
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 […]