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 […]
Apr 06 2017
Dear Waitlisted Student,
Did you know that if you want to increase your chances of admission, you need to do more than just accept your spot on the waitlist? There will be hundreds, possibly thousands, of students who accept a spot on the waitlist.
But waitlists are not ranked. The students who stand out are the ones […]
Mar 15 2017
One of my favorite students this year found out she was denied by one of her top choices yesterday. She has a flawless high school transcript, perfect SAT and Subject Test scores. So why didn’t she get admitted?
Believe it or not, elite colleges could fill their freshman class with students like this. Having a flawless […]
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 […]
Jul 07 2015
As parents, we’re constantly and fiercely dedicated to making sure our kids are on the right path—no matter how busy we are, how many hours we work, or how tired we are. This same resolve shows up when it’s time to start the college admissions process. Organization and instincts always come in handy.
Recently, I was […]
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 21 2015
I thought I was the only kid who was confused by the college admissions process. I didn’t even know when to apply let alone how important the different pieces of my application were. But I thought it was because I was coming from a large, public high school where only a small percentage of students […]