Ask Collegewise: How should we choose a private counselor?

Debbie asks: My daughter is about to start her senior year, and we’re considering hiring a college counselor to help her with her applications, essays, etc. What would your advice be on finding a good counselor for her (credentials, experience, etc)?  Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you. Anyone can hang a shingle and call […]

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No more meetings?

Students, how many hours did you spend sitting in meetings last year for your French Club, student body government, yearbook or newspaper staff?  Probably a lot.  But were all those meetings really necessary?  What would happen if your school instituted a "No more meetings" rule for clubs and organizations?  Would your club be mortally wounded?  […]

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The best news about college essays

Great college essays are equal opportunity employers.  They don’t discriminate on the basis of grades and test scores.  The “C” student has the same opportunity to write great essays as the kid who’s had straight “A’s” since birth does.  Everybody has a story to tell.  You just have to find yours and tell it in […]

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What to do if your student isn’t ready for college

Yesterday, I wrote a post for parents about signs that your student might not be ready for college. Today, I want to give some advice about what parents can do if you’ve made the difficult assessment that college just isn’t right for your student at this time. 1.  Don’t give up too early. Let’s say […]

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For parents: is your student ready for college?

Every year at Collegewise, we work with some “C” students who go on to flourish in college (especially when they’re at the right colleges).  But while there are literally hundreds of schools that will happily admit an average student, that doesn’t mean that every average student is ready for college.   It can be a hard […]

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Ask Collegewise: Controversial college essays?

Sarah asks: I have a student who wants to write an essay about his experience when he was caught dealing pot in high school. Should negative experiences like this be avoided in college admissions essays, even if the student has learned from his mistakes? I'd really appreciate any insight you could share. Thanks. It's difficult […]

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