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Seeking Admissions-Related News Items Like Those on College Confidential

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Sept. 7, 2010

Question: As the mother of a high school senior, I really appreciate the thoughtful College Confidential members who take the time to provide links to newspaper and magazine articles on admission themes that many of us might otherwise miss because they come from their own local publications (or because we're too busy with other things to see them ... like our CC obsession). ;) Recently I heard another parent mention a collection of such articles that's free to receive. Do you know what this is?

I bet you're referring to High School Counselor Week. This is the brainchild of Gene Kalb, a Massachusetts publisher and parent, who has definitely earned his place in heaven by providing a service that is indeed free and available to all. HS Counselor Week is a compendium of admissions-related articles that come from a wide range of media outlets. For instance, the current edition features stories from nationally renowned sources (e.g., The Boston Globe; The Baltimore Sun; USA Today) as well as from less celebrated ones (The Lake Oswego Review;, Cincinnati.com). Topics range from the usual suspects ("A crisis of spiraling tuition;" "How to help your child adapt to college life") to less familiar fare ("Sleep-deprived teens may eat more fatty foods;" "Finding Applicants Who Plagiarize" ).

Although originally intended to keep school counselors in the loop, a no-strings-attached subscription is offered to anyone who asks. Just go to http://www.hscounselorweek.com/ to sign up for the weekly newsletter. You can register for a regional edition (Northeast, Midwest, South, or West) or--for true admissions-info addicts--all four. Most of the articles in each version are the same, but there are some local-issue additions, too. HS Counselor Week has a Web site as well, although, being something of an old-fashioned girl, I like the newsletter format because it bangs right into my inbox every Thursday during the school year, where I am not likely to overlook it.

Admittedly, I tend to scan first for the articles with College Confidential mentions or with quotes ... and misquotes :mad: ... from me. But even though I've been in this biz for eons, I often find informative breaking news in HSCW ("Colorado College will accept AP, IB instead of SAT" ) along with sound advice ("Is Your Child Going Away To College? Get A Health Care Proxy, Now!" ).

So, my best guess is that HS Counselor Week is the round-up you heard about. Perhaps once you've registered and start receiving it, you can become one of those thoughtful CC members who shares media resources with others. :lol:

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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