Students vs. College Professors

Getting excited about going to college and actually being there studying are two different worlds. It’s the old battle between anticipation and the moment of truth. Anticipation can be deceptive because sometimes we tend to idealize situations about which we have little to no experience. For example, we might envision college life to include sitting

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Male + Female Roommates?

I always enjoy working with Stanford University applicants. One of Stanford’s essay prompts says, “Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate – and us – know you better.” Aside from the fact that this prompt is

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Financial Aid: Meeting Your Full Need

An excellent U.S. News article entitled Colleges and Universities That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need reveals a lot of information probably not known by most families, especially those going through the college admissions process for the first time. The key word in that article title is “Claim.” The subtitle of the article states a

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The New SAT: Opinions Vary

If you are at all connected to the college admissions world, you probably know that there are big changes coming to the SAT in 2016. As you may have inferred from some of my previous writings, I’m not a big fan of standardized testing. although I do understand the need for it. I think that

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Is Your College Student Wasting Money?

Parents, if you have a child who is also a college student, especially if this is his or her first college year, you may be wondering about how s/he is handling finances. You may already have a clue, based on what you have observed about their spending habits at home. However, being away from home,

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When College Students Need Counseling Help

This past week, I saw a news story about a freshman at Penn State University who, on the first day of classes, climbed a tall construction crane and fell to his death. It was ruled a suicide. No one may ever know why this bright and likeable young man chose to end his life. These

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Packing It In for College

Many colleges have already started classes. Others won’t receive students until after Labor Day, which arrives early this year. If you’re a college-bound freshman-to-be who has yet to depart for your halls of ivy, you may be wondering what all to take and, perhaps more importantly, what not to take. Well, in the spirit of

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Three Words of Wisdom for College-Bound Students

Are you headed to college this month or next? Parents, do you have a son or daughter who will leave the nest and fly to a campus somewhere? If so, those college-bound young people should ponder and remember a few wise words during their pass through higher education. No, those words are not eat, drink,

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School Starts in August. What to Do?

I remember clearly that when I was in high school (heck, even as far back as junior high school), the waning days of August were a bittersweet time for me. I had a love-hate relationship with school. I loved being together with all my classmates who became scattered over the summer, but I hated the

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A Quick Quiz And A Question

In my college admissions counseling work, one of the key issues I face is how to get these young people to know who they are and how they think. Of course, they may think they know who they are, but few are directly aware of why they think the way that they do. This awareness

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