You first

Here’s another trait you’ll notice about students—and adults—who are successful at getting where they want to end up. They go first. They don’t wait for someone to ask. They don’t wait until it’s broken, or someone’s upset, or until there’s just no option left but to finally do something. They just step up and go. […]

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Time, attention, and care

We’re currently hiring for a number of open positions at Collegewise. And every time we do, we’re in the lucky position to receive dozens—often hundreds—of applications for each opening. Even after we delete those who clearly didn’t read the ad (many of whom appear to be applying for an entirely different job at a different […]

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Why present perfection?

I’ve often tried to remind students here that, even in the application eyes of the most selective colleges, perfection is not a realistic goal. Humans have weaknesses, flaws, and things in this world that we’re just flat out not good at. And even more importantly, acknowledging those imperfections is a lot more endearing than presenting […]

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Help them help you

There’s a great scene in the movie Jerry Maguire where sports agent Maguire, frustrated with his lone client’s stubborn refusal to take his advice, pleads, “Help me help you!” The actors play the exchange comically, but there’s an underlying truth in Maguire’s message. Most successful students get help on their way to college. Teachers, counselors, […]

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Self-feedback first?

Do you want honest, useful feedback to help improve your performance, presentation, assignment, etc.? Not applause to tell you how great you are, but advice that will actually lead you to the outcome you’re hoping for? One way to get it might be to evaluate yourself first, and to be critical when you do. This […]

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Parent/student roles

Parents, as college decisions arrive for your applicant in the house, eliciting everything from jubilation to (temporary) despair, the single most important thing I can remind you is this: It’s not happening to you. It’s happening to your student. You may feel thrilled, upset, angry, confused, frustrated, etc. on their behalf. That’s completely normal considering you’ve […]

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On the value of internships

For students who may be considering pursuing an internship as a means of increasing experience, building a resume, or gaining a college admissions advantage, here are a few guidelines to help you make a good choice, and hopefully land a good opportunity. 1. Remember that your efforts to secure the internship are part of the […]

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A good time to start stopping?

Parents, will you be regularly doing any of these things for your high schooler this year? Making key decisions about how they spend their time? Arguing with the adults (teachers, counselors, coaches, etc.) in your student’s life? Lobbying to get them what they want? Checking (or even doing) their work for them? Cleaning up any […]

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Actions lead to answers

Collegewise is getting ready to roll out some new offerings within our programs. Not new services—we’re still doing all college counseling, all the time. But we’ll be adding new versions of how many hours people can buy with a counselor, how many applications we’ll assist with, and how much total time a customer will spend […]

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