Parents

The Orientation Express

All aboard!  The Orientation Express is leaving the station. For some of you, it may have already left. Freshman orientation is a college’s way of welcoming you (and your tuition dollars) with open arms. It’s a carefully planned and executed event designed to acquaint you with a much deeper understanding of the school, its resources, ...

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What’s “Common” About the Common App … and Now “ZeeMee,” Too?

Question: My daughter will start her senior year in high school next month. She just created a Common Application account and, as a first-timer to the admission process, I was surprised to see that there’s a lot that’s not “common” about it. All of the colleges my daughter is considering require extra essays and/or responses ...

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Approaching Your Common Application Essay

In addition to your academic record and recommendations, the essay can can push a borderline applicant into the “Admit” column, if executed properly. That’s the purpose of my post today — to help you write the best essay you can. So it’s time to start thinking about this, if you haven’t already done so. You ...

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My Annual Packing-for-College Roundup

Yes, boys and girls, Moms and Dads, it’s that time again. Get ready to pack for college! I hear both shrieks of joy and groans out there. The joy comes from collegians; the groans from parents. Granted, some college students don’t want to return to campus. The thought of academic pressure or returning to a ...

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The Right College: Seek And Find

Now that it’s August, and the start of school (your senior high school year!) is fast approaching. I want to discuss the most important aspect of your college process: creating the best group of schools for you to apply to. [Apologies for ending that sentence with a preposition!] So, this blog post addresses the major component of that process: ...

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Higher Ed Amenities

What is an “amenity”? Let’s formally define that term: Google tells us that it’s “a desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place,” or “the pleasantness of a place or a person.” For the purposes of our discussion today, let’s combine and specify those definitions in terms of my post’s title: “A ...

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The Fruits of A College Degree – Part 2

Last time, we took a look at the results of a survey that tracked how college graduates are dealing with the realities of life after graduation. We saw some interesting statistics that revealed real-world circumstances vs. the idealistic visions of college students. In other words, for those grads surveyed, we saw that some, who had ...

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The Fruits of A College Degree

If you have ever taken the time to chat with current college students and ask them what they expect to be doing after graduation, you’ll probably hear a lot of idealism in their answers. After all, the point of going to college is to pursue success and happiness in life. Right? Well, I can’t quantify ...

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Tour de Campus

July is always a great month for sports watching. Since I was once a competitive tennis player, the Wimbledon Championships always hold my interest across that special fortnight. The other, much bigger scale, European event is the Tour de France, which covers three weeks, across some insanely gorgeous and punishing roads. As I write this, ...

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Summertime College Visits

I get a lot of email from all kinds of people who are eager to inform me about their ideas, products, services, or articles related to college. This is both informative and inspiring for me, since I get to see what’s happening out there in the greater realm of all things college. One of the ...

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