“He’s seventeen. He’ll screw it up.”

At a high school college night last week, a parent approached me afterwards and said, "I know I'm not supposed to be filling out my son's applications.  But he's seventeen.  He's procrastinating and leaving it all for the last minute.  I feel like this is just too important for me to let him screw it […]

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45 minutes of free college application advice

In case you missed our regulararly scheduled programming, here's a link to last night's episode of our online TV show.  We talked for 30 minutes about college applications, then did 15 minutes of Q and A.  We'll be back on air Tuesday, December 7 at 6 p.m. PST.  You can join us at our channel. […]

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Advice for nervous parents of college applicants

Kids aren't the only ones who feel judged during the college admissions process.  A lot of parents understandably worry that their student's admissions success or failure will somehow be a reflection on their parenting, that if the dream college says, "No," it will be a sign that you just didn't do as good of a […]

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A homework and study tip

Imagine you were taking the SAT and every 5 minutes, somebody interrupted you and asked you a question like, "Excuse me, do you know what time it is"? "How do I get to the closest deli from here?" "Want to hear a funny story about my most embarrassing moment?  Well, here it is." Every five […]

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You’re not perfect, and neither is your future college

There's a great line in my favorite movie, Good Will Hunting, in which Will's psychologist says this about Will's new love interest: You're not perfect, sport.  And let me save you the suspense–this girl you've met, she's not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you're perfect for each other. That's the whole […]

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A simple but crucial tip for college interviews

Stefanie in our Irvine office offers this college interview tip–make sure you listen to the question. Don't scoff.  That might sound obvious, but a lot of students are so concerned about their answers that they forget to listen to–and consequently don't answer–the question.  Stefanie interviewed over 400 students while she was an admissions officer at […]

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