Is it time to make a different choice?

The New York Times ran a story this week entitled “Considering College? Maybe You Should Invest in a Coach,” which elicited reactions ranging from eye-rolling to blood boiling among the Collegewise crew. I won’t share the link here because a story like this is part of the problem that so many of us at Collegewise […]

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Define your own “early”

A high school counselor shared a Tweet from one of his students today that addressed the “100 colleges” that had emailed her on August 1 to let her know the Common App was live. Her message to them: “I know it’s live. Please just let me be.” I’ve definitely pounded the drum here about starting […]

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If you haven’t saved enough for college

A few weeks ago I shared Mark Kantrowitz’s advice about how much to save for college, but paired it with some of my own for families who hadn’t started saving as soon as they would have liked. Today, Kantrowitz returns with his own follow-up for later-starting-savers, and his piece can be found here. There’s some overlap […]

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Change makers

My number came up for jury duty this week. Anyone who’s gotten this particular call to serve knows that it begins with shuffling everyone scheduled to report that day into one large room for an overview of what to expect. Greg, our clerk, has the unenviable job of beginning his day by facing a room […]

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Put your name on it

Homework assignments, exams, and yes, college applications—you can’t submit them without attaching your name. You’re claiming ownership and saying, “I did this.” And there will be a record of your work that you’ll have to stand beside no matter the outcome. What if you had to do that with everything? Your boss asks you to […]

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The case for self-driven kids

There’s a lot that resonates with me in The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, but nothing more so than these three false assumptions they invite parents to confront. False assumption #1 is that there is one narrow pathway to success in life and that kids […]

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I’m speaking in Seattle on September 13

I’ll be presenting this session in Seattle at the 2018 TINYcon, a conference about improving the employee experience: Humans Are Not “Resources”: Little Things That Make the Biggest Difference For Your Best People Presenter: Kevin McMullin Employees are people first, and real people care about more than mission statements on the walls, elaborate benefits packages, […]

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Tips to help kids thrive

The “Parenting” section of the Challenge Success blog has a downloadable flyer, “Tips to Help Your Child Thrive,” and they include a contact person to get in touch with for counselors, schools, or parent leaders who’d like to order bulk copies. Don’t let the reference to children throw you, as the advice has broad applicability for both […]

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Does the apology make it better, or worse?

While traveling last week, I checked into my hotel, headed to my assigned room, swiped my key and opened the door to find the room was still occupied by the previous guest, who was still clad in her pajamas. In my state of shock and embarrassment, I managed to blurt out something to the effect […]

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