Where can the things you do today take you?

One of our Collegewise students from the class of 2005 wrote her essay about how certain she'd been that being a lifeguard on the beach would be the best summer job she could get…but that she couldn't have been more wrong.  Turns out that the beach she was assigned to had no waves or currents, […]

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You’ll win if you love it

I just finished reading a great book about the best distance runners on the planet–the Tarahumara Indians in the Sierra Madre mountain range in Mexico.  The Tarahumara routinely run 100-200 miles in rugged terrain wearing homemade sandals.  And the best part is how much they love doing it. They smile and enjoy themselves while they're […]

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College essay lessons from Warren Buffett

An interesting piece, “Start-up Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett” that analyzes why Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders is an example of masterful communication.  Turns out these are great pieces of advice for writing college essays, too. Here are the points the article raises, along with my college essay version of the advice. 1.  Converse like […]

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Should you appeal a college’s rejection?

Students occasionally ask us about appealing admissions decisions from colleges.  An appeal is really just a  formal request, in writing, that a college reconsider your application for admission.  Some colleges also invite you to include extra material that wasn’t in your original application, such as another teacher recommendation or a report card from the first […]

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Introducing our new college counselor: Stefanie Potts

Both parties have kept the news under wraps until it was appropriate to reveal it, but today we can finally announce our newest college counselor.  She's Stefanie Potts. Who's Stefanie? First off, Stefanie's someone we like.  She's smart.  She's a great writer and communicator.  And most importantly, she's a good cultural fit here–she's serious about […]

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For those who Twitter…

We can't unleash our full college counseling potential in just 140 characters.  But we can post the links from our blog entries to Twitter for those readers who prefer, well, Tweeting. Here's the link if you'd like to follow us: http://twitter.com/Collegewise And if you were previously following us on Twitter and were wondering what happened […]

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Right person, wrong time

I've written before that you should be careful taking college admissions advice from people who don't know what they're talking about.  But even when you've found the right person who can give you advice, there's a right time and a wrong time to ask for it. Alex from our North White Plains office told me […]

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Music to my ears

I met with a student last week who's trying to decide which college he should attend.  He's a smart kid who's worked hard in high school and was torn between two good options.  His parents sat there quietly, listening, not even interjecting while we chatted.  So towards the end of the meeting, I asked them […]

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