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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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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