10 holiday reading recommendations

If you've got some downtime during the holidays and are looking for a good read, here are ten of my favorites from 2010 that I thought might pique the interest of students, parents or counselors.    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenChristopher McDougal A tribe […]

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For seniors with unfinished applications

A lot of high school seniors are starting their winter vacation today.  And many of them will be up late on December 31st racing to meet college application deadlines, frantically listing their activities, pasting in their essays, and submitting work at the the last minute they know would have been better had they just had […]

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The Collegwise student manifesto

GPAs, test scores and activities never tell the full story of a student.  There are lots of kids with perfect grades who don't particularly like to learn.  Plenty of intelligent kids have average test scores.  And a student who does 200 hours of community service at a hospital because his parents forced him to do […]

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Never end with Q and A

I think the worst way to end a presentation is by asking, "Now, does anyone have any questions?"  It's a presenter's responsibility to make sure your audience gets what they came for.  When you take questions at the end, you lose control.  You're not in charge of what's asked.  You're not in charge of whether […]

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The three most common college essay mistakes

For seniors who are still working on college essays, make sure you avoid the three most common college essay mistakes.  1.  Injecting deep meaning into an event that wasn't all that meaningful at the time. 2.  Claiming an experience taught you a valuable lesson you didn't actually learn, or don't seem to be using today. […]

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Don’t punish the group based on an individual

My favorite quote from one of my favorite books this year: The second something goes wrong, the natural tendency is to create a policy.  'Someone's wearing shorts!?  We need a dress code!'  No you don't.  You just need to tell John not to wear shorts again." Rework

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Don’t let fear hijack your college applications

We've noticed that a lot of students, particularly the highest achievers, hijack their applications.  They hold onto them as late as possible, claiming they want to make just a few more changes, or add a few more edits to their essays, or show their drafts to just a few more people.  Most of the time, […]

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