Beer, pizza and college admissions

Tomorrow, I'm heading to the nation's largest annual college admissions conference where I'll get to spend some time with admissions officers I've had the pleasure of getting to know in the last several years.  And based on past experiences, here are some things that various members of the group might do.  Some will go out […]

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A new film about the pressures on kids to perform

The pressure to achieve does a lot more to kids than just ruin the college admissions process.  According to a new film"A Race to Nowhere," it's producing a generation of kids with anxiety, stress-induced illness, and feelings of burnout before they even start college.  From the film's website: Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people […]

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I’m going to college–not you

I just bought I'm Going to College—Not You!: Surviving the College Search with Your Child and there are a few things I like about it already.   1.  The author is both the dean of admissions at Keynon College and the mother of a college student, so she's certainly got plenty of experience to guide parents […]

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For parents: a reminder to enjoy this time

Here's a video from Boston University showing one of the proudest, but also one of the most difficult days in a parent's life—dropping your student off at college and saying goodbye.  Warning:  If you're a crier, it might get to you. Parents, the fact that there are over 2,000 colleges in the country means even […]

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Why good kids write bad college essays

Arun and I enjoyed our first live webcast, "Why Good Kids Write Bad College Essays" this week.  The video is documented proof that we know a lot more about college essays than we do about video quality.  We'll work on that for future broadcasts.  In case you missed it, here's the video. Watch live video […]

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Cloning is still for sheep

A couple pieces of great advice I came across on these colleges' websites today: When making curriculum choices, always seek out courses that will enrich and challenge you, rather than thinking about how they will look to a college application reader—every college reads applications differently, so it’s difficult to predict what will look “good” to […]

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“College Admissions Live” premieres tonight

Tonight, we're giving online television a try with: "Why Good Kids Write Bad College Essays"with hosts Kevin McMullin and Arun PonnusamyWednesday, September 22Live 6 p.m. PST  What time is that in my time zone? At our online channel: http://www.justin.tv/collegewise This won't be a polished studio production–just two college admissions experts and a webcam.  But what […]

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Authenticity trumps strategy

There's some vigorous debate going on at The Choice blog right now over their thread, "The Perils of Being Too Cute in Your College Application."  It all started with a question of whether or not you should list something like being president of the Lady Gaga fan club.  Yesterday, a former admissions officer from Stanford […]

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