Worth remembering today

I hope we all take this holiday not just to rest and recharge, but also to remember the young men and women who joined the armed forces and then never had the opportunity to go to college, find their career, get married, or watch their kids do any of those things. We enjoy not just […]

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Accept both realities

I suspect that the headline of a recent piece in The Atlantic, “The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less,” will draw plenty of eager eyes from students and parents looking to decode the process and strategize their way to an offer of admission. And unfortunately, they’ll likely ignore these passages that reveal two […]

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Take a course to de-stress?

Last February, I shared a New York Times story about the most popular class taught at Yale: Psychology and the Good Life. It was designed to help Yale students overcome the harmful life habits developed in high school that the course’s professor, Dr. Laurie Santos, describes as the “mental health crisis we’re seeing at places like […]

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Let them fly

Before he joined Collegewise, where he now spends his days guiding kids through the college application process, counselor Tom Barry worked in admissions at Colorado College and earned a master’s in education from Stanford. So he knows a lot about college admissions. But he’s also taken the usual crash course in parenting since becoming a […]

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On getting our kids back

I’ve shared enough of Julie Lythcott-Haim’s growing body of work around her book, How to Raise an Adult, that not only does she likely need no introduction to regular readers, but she also might be—through my actions, not her own—on the verge of oversaturating the Collegewise blog audience. But that’s a risk I’m willing to […]

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Collegewise’s employee handbook is now public

Last month, I released a brand new version of “Life at Collegewise,” our employee handbook. Joining a new company can be a difficult adjustment when you don’t know how things work, you don’t completely understand the culture, and you’re constantly having to ask questions. With nearly 70 fellow Wisers spread out all over the country […]

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How many days are left?

How many days are left before: …you walk out of your favorite class for the last time? …you play your last baseball game, or act in your final high school play, or work your final shift at your part-time job? …you graduate from high school? …you leave for college? And parents, how many days are […]

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The “A” is not the point

Another good share from Challenge Success, this time from Mary Hofstedt, Community Education Director, in her latest piece, “A New Normal.” “Another friend’s son (I’ll call him Alex) attends an elite high school in Silicon Valley. My friend was concerned about Alex’s academic motivation (he is a B student), and wondered why, if he could […]

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Talking to kids about grades

With end-of-year report cards right around the corner, this two-minute video from Denise Pope at Challenge Success shares some great advice on how to talk to your kids about grades. The summary: (1) Focus on effort and learning over performance and grades; (2) let them know that your love for them is not conditional based […]

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