The smartest students never think they are

The smartest students we meet never talk about how smart they are.  In fact, they spend a lot more time talking about what they wish they knew more about. Colleges look for students who are intellectually curious, students who are academically confident, but keenly aware of just how much more there is for them to […]

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Pretend your college interviewer is Grandma’s friend

Jay Mathews of the Washington post and author of Harvard Schmarvard wrote a blog post today with some good college interview advice for students (he interviewed Harvard applicants for 20 years, by the way). “My favorite piece of advice for nervous interviewees is to pretend that you are not at a college interview, but at […]

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Now you can follow our blog on Facebook and Twitter

If you're a regular reader of our blog, now you can receive our daily posts on Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook page is new and doesn't have old posts, but as of today, each new one we write will show up there. You can also subscribe to our feed, if you prefer.  Thanks for reading!

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What you can learn working at McDonald’s

I wrote a post last week about the value of getting a job while you're in high school.  There's a reason why colleges love kids who've washed cars or bussed tables or made pizza to earn an honest dollar; you learn a lot when you find and keep a job.  Here's an example.  Today, Scott […]

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Week one of Collegewise counselor training

We just completed week one of training for our newest counselor, Stefanie.  Each week of this training, I thought I'd share what our trainer, Margot, has been covering.  Here's the syllabus she delivered for the first week. Topics for Day 1: Introduction to College Admissions and to Private Counseling This session will examine the intersection […]

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What’s your role?

What's role on the baseball team, on the student government, or in the school play?  You might say you're the pitcher, the treasurer, or Danny Zucko (if you're performing Grease).  Those titles are important, but they're not your roles.   Titles are easy to describe.  Your role is a little more complex.  Your role is different […]

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Redesigning our testing calendar

I've been working (again) with Arun Ponnusamy from Open Road Education on several projects we'll be rolling out together over the next six months.  One of them is to work together with our counselors to improve the Collegewise materials, and to start licensing those materials to high schools and private counselors.  Here's an example of […]

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