Please don’t play the multiple deposit game

Seniors who've been admitted to several desirable colleges need to make some difficult decisions next month, as colleges require admitted students to declare their intention to enroll by May 1.  It can be a stressful time especially for a student who is really struggling with the decision. But whatever you do, don't try to cheat […]

Read More >

Lunch “brakes”

No one in the history of my hometown could drive from my high school’s parking lot to my family’s house faster than I could.  It wasn’t easy, safe or completely legal, but for three months during the spring of my senior year, I drove home every day at lunch to check the mailbox hoping to […]

Read More >

Knowing your path vs. finding it

20 years ago, the student body president of my high school went on to UCLA as an economics major.  He said he might want to be a politician someday, which made sense at the time.  But today, he's an emergency room physician and the Associate Medical Director for NBC Universal.  In first period Spanish, our […]

Read More >

A fundraising idea for high schools sports teams

If you're a high school athlete (or the parent of one) and your team needs funds for uniforms, travel, or new equipment, you might consider re-evaluating your usual fundraising and trying something a little different.  Instead of selling candy bars or getting businesses to purchase ads in a team directory, I think there's a huge […]

Read More >

SAT vs. ACT

Here's something my friend Paul from The Princeton Review taught a group of students and parents at "College Night" last week. Kids who like math much more than English tend to prefer the SAT.  Kids who like English much more than math tend to prefer the ACT. Why?  As Paul put it, "Because the SAT […]

Read More >

Looks can be deceiving

My accountant is the most responsible and successful people I’ve ever met.  But he used to spend spring breaks with his fraternity in Rosarito, Mexico sleeping in tents on the beach.  That’s nothing compared to the college shenanigans of my lawyer and my liability insurance agent.  Sure, they’re buttoned-down, successful family men today.  But I […]

Read More >

Information seeking

Have you visited the websites of the colleges that interest you (or that interest your kids)?  I'm often surprised by how few families have.  It's good to be an information seeker when it comes to colleges.  You can't sit back and wait for people to hand you the information you need to find, apply and […]

Read More >

No excuses

I worked with a student who once lamented to me that the police in his neighborhood were so "bored" that they'd given him three speeding tickets in one month.  What?  You're blaming the police? Then his parents told me, "Can you believe how unlucky he is?  To get three speeding tickets in one month!" Again…what??? […]

Read More >