I wish more colleges would follow their own advice

If a family hired a $50,000 consultant to help craft their student’s application and essays to a particular college, to advise the student on everything from what activities to pursue to what to wear to his college interview, every admissions officer I’ve ever met would justifiably cry foul.  They’d almost certainly recommend that the student save his money and instead […]

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Back to school resolution suggestions for students

A lot of students are heading back to school today, so I'm suggesting 5 back-to-school resolutions to help you have a productive and enjoyable year. 1.  Study better, not more. Most students who get the best grades actually study less than everyone else.  It's not because they're smarter–they're just better studiers.  So rather than resolve […]

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Ask Collegewise: Is this really what college admissions has come to?

Duncan asks: I attend the parent nights at my daughter's high school, and I listen to everyone talking about the competition for college.  All our friends keep bringing up the test preparation courses and private tutors and college counselors they're using.  I can't help but ask, is this really what it's come to?  My daughter […]

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Two thoughts about work

I know two great quotes about working, one from an author, one from my dad. The best advice I got from Eric should be on a bumper sticker on every car in America: 'If it feels like work, you're working too hard.'" Christopher McDougalAuthor of Born To Run And… It's called work for a reason.  […]

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For parents: Guidelines for emailing teachers

It should be a good thing that parents can communicate with teachers so quickly and easily over email.  But I'm not sure that the introduction of email has improved the relationship between those two parties.  Email is actually a terrible communication tool.  All the subtle cues and tone that you can use when you speak […]

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