What are you going to be when you grow up?

Some people think the only way to be a success is to go to a famous college.  Some people think you have to know what you want to do before you go to college so you can pick the right major.  I've never believed either of those to be true. Here's an example.  One particular […]

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Mental health tips for parents of the college-bound

Parents inevitably share the stress of the college application process (sometimes you may unwittingly be the source of it, but that's a different blog entry).  When the SAT scores don't go up as much as you'd hoped or when the C on the geometry test comes home, parents feel that stress.  When you hear all […]

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Please don’t play the multiple deposit game

Seniors who've been admitted to several desirable colleges need to make some difficult decisions next month, as colleges require admitted students to declare their intention to enroll by May 1.  It can be a stressful time especially for a student who is really struggling with the decision. But whatever you do, don't try to cheat […]

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Lunch “brakes”

No one in the history of my hometown could drive from my high school’s parking lot to my family’s house faster than I could.  It wasn’t easy, safe or completely legal, but for three months during the spring of my senior year, I drove home every day at lunch to check the mailbox hoping to […]

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Knowing your path vs. finding it

20 years ago, the student body president of my high school went on to UCLA as an economics major.  He said he might want to be a politician someday, which made sense at the time.  But today, he's an emergency room physician and the Associate Medical Director for NBC Universal.  In first period Spanish, our […]

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A fundraising idea for high schools sports teams

If you're a high school athlete (or the parent of one) and your team needs funds for uniforms, travel, or new equipment, you might consider re-evaluating your usual fundraising and trying something a little different.  Instead of selling candy bars or getting businesses to purchase ads in a team directory, I think there's a huge […]

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SAT vs. ACT

Here's something my friend Paul from The Princeton Review taught a group of students and parents at "College Night" last week. Kids who like math much more than English tend to prefer the SAT.  Kids who like English much more than math tend to prefer the ACT. Why?  As Paul put it, "Because the SAT […]

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Looks can be deceiving

My accountant is the most responsible and successful people I’ve ever met.  But he used to spend spring breaks with his fraternity in Rosarito, Mexico sleeping in tents on the beach.  That’s nothing compared to the college shenanigans of my lawyer and my liability insurance agent.  Sure, they’re buttoned-down, successful family men today.  But I […]

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Lessons taught at “Preparing for College Night”

I spoke to a group of eighth grade parents last week about the college admissions process they'll soon be facing as their kids move into high school.  Here are the five tips I shared with them at the end of the talk. 1. Kids should take the most challenging courses they can reasonably handle.The more […]

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Information seeking

Have you visited the websites of the colleges that interest you (or that interest your kids)?  I'm often surprised by how few families have.  It's good to be an information seeker when it comes to colleges.  You can't sit back and wait for people to hand you the information you need to find, apply and […]

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