“Smart” Colleges?

Those of you high school juniors (and maybe sophomores) who are in the hunt for possible college candidates are being bombarded by what I call “roundup lists.” You’ll see “Best” or “Most” (or this or that) listings for Party Schools, College Value, Best Food, Hottest Coeds and Guys, Most Jocks, Best Weather, Hardest Academics, etc….

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December Admission Outcomes (Part II)

Last time, I discussed how to deal with not-so-exciting Early Action and Early Decision college admission outcomes. This time, I’ll add some finishing touches to my previous post. Here’s a brief recap of what I said last time: For those of you who applied early to a college (or multiple colleges), you had your applications…

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December Admission Outcomes (Part I)

T. S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month.” When it comes to disappointing Regular Decision (RD) college application results, that certainly can be the case. However, for Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED), December can be quite sadistic, too. For those of you who applied early to a college (or multiple colleges),…

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Testing: 1,2,3,4: Testing!

Why is it that some high schools and colleges choose to hang the Sword of Damocles over students’ heads during the holidays? I’m talking about tests. Finals, and in some cases even mid-terms, looming right after year-end holiday break can cause the acid to churn in students’ stomachs. Things have gotten better recently for some…

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Reaching The College Admissions Finish Line

I’ve run a few marathons in my day (back when the Earth’s tectonic plates were still trying to decide where to settle). In thinking about the college admissions process, a lot of similarities emerge between the search, application, final decision, and financial aid processes and a marathon. There’s a lot of preparation involved, you should…

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Parents: Know Your Children

Moms and Dads, if you have more than one child, have you noticed any differences between (or among) them in personality and temperament? I’ll bet you have. I certainly noticed the differences between our daughter and son when they were growing up. Our daughter was five years older than our son (in fact, she still…

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College Profs and TAs

What do you think of when you imagine sitting in a college classroom or lecture hall? Do you see images of a bearded, intellectual-looking man (or woman (without the beard, of course)) leaning on his/her rostrum while pontificating pearls of great wisdom about whatever topic s/he represents? Your daydream may also include deep-toned, richly polished,…

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Last-Minute College Applications

Okay, high school seniors. So it’s almost December. Are you planning on going to college? If so, here’s a dumb question for you: Have you applied anywhere yet? To answer all you procrastinators out there, yes, I know that for a lot of colleges you have until January 1, February 1, or even later to…

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Is The SAT Coachable?

The SAT has ruled the roost for as long as most of us can remember. You either love it or hate it. Most hate it. Count me among that demographic. I used to do SAT prep. I started with my daughter and son and then branched out, including it as part of my comprehensive independent…

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