Right person, wrong time

I've written before that you should be careful taking college admissions advice from people who don't know what they're talking about.  But even when you've found the right person who can give you advice, there's a right time and a wrong time to ask for it. Alex from our North White Plains office told me […]

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Music to my ears

I met with a student last week who's trying to decide which college he should attend.  He's a smart kid who's worked hard in high school and was torn between two good options.  His parents sat there quietly, listening, not even interjecting while we chatted.  So towards the end of the meeting, I asked them […]

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Genuine beats polished

When something or someone is too polished, it's hard to trust them.  When I hear a politician on the news evade the real question and give a polished, rehearsed answer, it doesn't encourage me to change my vote.    I'm much more likely to buy a product that has open reviews online from customers, both […]

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Measuring college counseling success

"What's your success rate?" Families ask us that sometimes in our introductory meetings.  It's a fair question, and our answer doesn't satisfy every family who asks.  Not everyone defines college counseling success the way we do. If what the family really wants to know is how many of our students get into Ivy League schools, […]

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On school bullying

I'm deviating a little today.  This post isn't college admissions related.  But I'm going to forge ahead and write it anyway.  The story of Phoebe Prince has been in the news a lot lately.  I don't think anyone needs me to chime in about how pointless and tragic her death was, or how unforgivable it […]

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The work you do along the way

A good blog post today from my favorite marketing author, Seth Godin, about the relentless pursuit of specific goals.  It got me thinking about students who relentlessly pursue a goal to gain admission to a highly selective college.  It's risky to measure your success by whether or not Stanford says "Yes," because they reject most […]

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