Attitude adjustments

While I was in the grocery store today, two teenage workers who were stocking fruit were griping to each other about how much they hate their job.  It wasn't hard to hear them, as they were making no effort at all to keep their conversation private.  So while I was selecting my apples, I got […]

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Two ways sports can help you get into college

There are two ways that a successful high school athletic career can help you get admitted to college. One is to be so good that a college coach says, “I want this kid on my team so badly that I will my forfeit my salary and donate blood to get him here.”  When a college coach makes […]

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“Insert name of college here”

College applicants could learn a lot from successful (and unsuccessful) job applicants.  A friend of mine is applying for a job she really wants. Today, she asked me to read over her cover letter and give her some feedback.  This woman is wonderful.  She's smart, talented, likable, totally committed to her work, and I think […]

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Good common sense

This article in The New York Times college admissions blog written today by the Dean of Admissions at Connecticut College made my day. First, it's great advice.  Every parent of a college-applying senior should read it.  And parents are more likely to listen when the advice comes from one of the admissions deans herself.  But […]

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A good resource for high school counselors

If you spend 30 minutes looking around the NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling) website, you’ll find all sorts of useful information, including college planning calendars that you can distribute to your students.  There’s also a solid “Resources” section  with lots of tools to use with your kids.   And the NACAC website is also […]

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The same team

When you need assistance, guidance or advice, it's a good idea to ask for it a way that encourages both parties to work as one team. If you're getting a "C" in your English class and you say to your teacher, "Why did you give me a 'C?'", you're immediately putting your teacher on the […]

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