Parents

The Ever More Slippery Slope

The Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) verdicts began coming out yesterday. The news was even more grim than expected, as some of the news headlines testified: – College Admits 14.5 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2022 (Harvard) The College notified 964 students of their acceptance into the Class of 2022 Tuesday, ...

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Mid-December Decisions (And Beyond)

Here’s some college knowledge that bears repeating every year at this time. So, I’ll once again note some of the things that I have said in past years because the facts (and the angst) remain the same. Of course, I’m talking about admission deferrals. You may be a high school senior this year who just ...

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The Threat of Debt

Following up on my previous post about paying for college and the realities of student loan repayment, today I would like to share some new survey information about the longterm effects of significant debt, student loans and otherwise. The findings are both interesting, surprising, and maybe even shocking. Specifically, this survey involves responses from Millennials. ...

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When The College Bill Comes Due

My post today is aimed at seniors … college seniors, who will graduate in about six months and head out into that mythical “real world.” Aside from the need to find gainful, hopefully satisfying employment, that real world includes one very sobering reality: debt. I’ve written a number of rants here about the perils of ...

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College Knowledge Q&A Grab Bag

Being the obsessive packrat that I am, I save everything. Just ask my wife about that. That goes for my work as an admissions consultant, too. Over the many years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve received countless questions from high school students and their parents about how to manage the college process, as well ...

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Term Breaks & Other Parental Stressors

Been there. Done that. My wife and I enjoyed/endured eight term breaks across the years our daughter and son pursued their respective college degrees. The BIG term break happened during the months of late November/early December through early-to-mid January, the so-called “holiday” term break. Well, Moms and Dads, were on the cusp of this year’s ...

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Admission Staff Encounters

Mant colleges are on a public relations mission these days. By that, I mean they are looking for ways to enhance their “human” aspects to make them at least appear to be more friendly, regardless of how they will view your application. As you wind your way through the college process, you will encounter intersections ...

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Sticking to Your Scholarship Search

I love creating these hilarious, creative titles for my blog posts! The secret behind today’s hilarity is that I’m going to be talking about the 18th Annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. Getting money for college may be harder than actually getting through college. The world of college scholarships is both vast and frustrating. ...

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Application Essay Topics to Avoid

Thanksgiving will be here in 10 days, as of this writing. That means that the ominous January 1 college application deadline looms larger and larger. In fact, many high schools require that college applications be completed and submitted to the counseling department before (sometimes well before) December’s holiday break. Thus, the pressure is on if ...

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Admission Fiction

“Fake news!” Unless you reside on another planet, you’ve no doubt seen, heard, or tried to hide from that phrase sometime within the last year or so. Then there’s that famous Seinfeld episode where Elaine pointedly informs Jerry that her actions were “Fake! Fake! Fake!” The way the weather has been behaving recently in my ...

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