Good common sense

This article in The New York Times college admissions blog written today by the Dean of Admissions at Connecticut College made my day. First, it's great advice.  Every parent of a college-applying senior should read it.  And parents are more likely to listen when the advice comes from one of the admissions deans herself.  But […]

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A good resource for high school counselors

If you spend 30 minutes looking around the NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling) website, you’ll find all sorts of useful information, including college planning calendars that you can distribute to your students.  There’s also a solid “Resources” section  with lots of tools to use with your kids.   And the NACAC website is also […]

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The same team

When you need assistance, guidance or advice, it's a good idea to ask for it a way that encourages both parties to work as one team. If you're getting a "C" in your English class and you say to your teacher, "Why did you give me a 'C?'", you're immediately putting your teacher on the […]

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Why are you going to college?

Seriously, why do you even want to go to college? I'm not suggesting that you shouldn’t go.  But most people never stop to ask themselves this basic question.  And it’s an important one, especially if you want to find–and get in to–the right school. For example, look at these different responses to the question, “Why […]

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Five New Year’s resolutions for parents

"This is the year I'm going to do it."  We've all got conviction in the New Year.  So parents, why not capitalize on the annually-renewed sense of self-improvement that comes with the New Year and make some resolutions that will help you not just survive, but actually enjoy your student's ride to college?  Here are […]

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