Parents

Ready … Set … Wait!

Last time here, I discussed the consequences and psychological fallout of the December ED/EA deferral. There can be real uncertainty and even a little agony associated with being deferred right before the year-end holidays. However, there is something worse: the dreaded waitlist (or “wait list,” if your spellchecker doesn’t like the one-word approach). As I ...

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Post-Deferral Blues?

It’s been about a month now since those of you who applied Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) received you decisions. Some of you were admitted. Great news! Others of you may have been outright denied. Not good news, but also not the end of the world. Finally, some of you, perhaps far too ...

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While You’re Waiting …

… for that “fat” envelope or email. For college-bound seniors, these are the long months — from New Year’s Day until later March. You worked extremely hard last fall and early winter creating your college applications. maybe you started even sooner than that, over the summer, writing your Common Application essay and supplemental statements. It’s ...

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Your “Why [This College]?” Essay

This post today is specifically for high school juniors who will be applying to college later this year. You should be asking yourself, “Why does this or that college truly attract me and why do I want to go there?” The reason you need to know the answer to this is because you will almost ...

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“Temperamental” Colleges

Some of you have already been accepted to a college, either through the commitment of Early Decision (ED) or the more flexible, option-laden Early Action (EA). Granted, you no doubt (or at least should have) done careful research about the type of school in which you showed sincere interest. Maybe your show of interest was ...

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2017 College-Related Resolutions

Okay. Happy New Year, everyone! A new year. Literally. Cool. For you, a new start, perhaps? A set of new goals? Maybe a group of new goals. What will your year hold? Let’s examine some possible resolutions to adopt that relate to college. First of all, let’s define some terms. “Resolution.” Exactly what does that ...

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2016 Update: Part 5

Our review of 2016 highlights wraps up with September and October. November and December are too recent to be updated, so I’ll leave that task to you during the first quarter of the New Year. So, here we go … – From September: Who Needs U.S. News? Excerpts recap: The College Confidential discussion forum explodes this time every ...

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2016 Update: Part 4

Our review continues. This time with posts from July and August. – From July: A Major Decision Excerpts recap: I had no idea in what I wanted to major when I went to college. As I’ve mentioned before, I was in college because I was recruited for my tennis playing abilities (such as they were), ...

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2016 Update: Part 3

Looking back to May and June of 2016, we find these topics with their updates: From May: A Journey Through College Confidential Excerpts recap: The College Confidential site is huge. If you go to its home page, you’ll find all kinds of great incentives on which to click. However, one of the hidden gems resides way down ...

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2016 Update: Part 2

Continuing today with a look back at 2016’s Admit This! topics worth noting and updating. Today: highlights from March and April. From March: Student Loans: Paying The Piper Excerpts recap: Borrowing money from various sources is part of the college process for most college students today. I’ve discussed this topic before here in my blog, noting ...

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