College admissions simplified

My friend Paul Kanarek at The Princeton Review speaks weekly at local high schools on the college admissions and testing process.  Lately, he's been pointing out that admissions officers really just want to know three things about applicants.  1. Are you smart enough to succeed here? 2. Do we like you? 3. Do other people […]

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Are you indispensable?

I just finished reading an interesting book called "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?"  It wasn't written for high school students trying to get into college; but if you took its lessons and applied them to your high school life, I think you'd find yourself happier, more fulfilled, and more appealing to colleges.  Here's the gist of […]

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No fear of failure

I write and talk a lot about the importance of celebrating your strengths as opposed to spending all your time trying to fix your weaknesses.  But here's a secret about smart, confident, successful people–they actually fail a lot.   Those people don't like to fail, but they understand that the more often you challenge yourself, the […]

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How important are PSAT scores?

I think students and parents need to find reasons to stress less, not more, about the college admissions process.  The PSAT is a good example of this need.  The stress students and parents feel regarding PSAT scores (which are being returned to students about now), is often totally out of proportion with the actual relevance […]

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