A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrounding the world of college admissions, parents who are concerned about providing the right “flight plan” for their children to prepare for college need an overall schedule. There is a preferred time to ...


The Common Sense Common Application

Some of you have already set up your Common Application accounts. But if you haven’t done so, you had better get going! Don’t put off this important aspect of your college process. First go to the Common Application site. The instructions should be clear. Once you’ve picked your user name and password, be sure to ...


Common Sense SAT Prep

It’s that time of year again: SAT time. All over America (and even the world), high school seniors are hoping for another shot at improving their scores. For those who are considering Early Action or Early Decision, the October administration (and even November, for some colleges) is a last chance to improve their numerical profiles ...


Plagiarize at Your Own Risk

One of the big challenges of college admissions and of college work itself is writing. When you apply, you have to write application essays. When you take college courses, you have to write term papers and other assignments that require research and skill with the language. Sometimes the pressure mounts until it is almost too ...


Applicant Profiling

High school students often have difficulty putting their best foot forward.  Sometimes this is a matter of modesty.  Sometimes it’s a matter of low self-esteem.  When it comes to applying to college, hold back nothing. A while back, there was a Canon camera commercial that noted “Image is everything.”  In the world of college admissions, ...


Cancer Battle as College Essay Topic?

... if your daughter chooses to write about her illness in her primary, required essay, instead of presenting a broad history of her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, she might instead focus on one aspect of the experience that can serve as something of a symbol or metaphor for everything she endured.

Marketing Your Profile to Colleges

Remember the television commercial with tennis star, Andre Agassi, where he says confidently,”Image is everything.”? In the world of college admissions, there obviously has to be substance behind your application. But it doesn’t hurt to work on your image a bit. That’s where your student profile comes in. What is a student profile? Well, there ...


Humor in the College Essay

Here’s another one of Dan’s essays. As I got to know Dan better from our almost daily e-mail exchanges, I soon discovered that he had a very sharp sense of humor, in addition to great sensitivity. I encouraged him to take a seemingly mundane event from his life and expose it to his analytical humor. ...


Getting To Yes: One Mother’s College Admissions Saga

Receiving a letter that informs your child that he or she has been deferred or placed on the waiting list at a college feels very much like a hard punch in the stomach. This is especially true when your child has applied to a clear first choice in the highly competitive Early Decision (ED) round ...


College Essay: “What I Overcame”

Many of us faced challenges in our formative years and we struggled with them. Some of those struggles might have changed who we are or how we later approached life. Marilyn Campbell is an overcomer. She wrestled with shyness in her young years. Before you read her essay, learn a little more about Marilyn’s background ...