Insight from a different kind of dean

Randy Nelson is the Dean of Pixar University, the education and training division of Pixar.  Pixar is the animation studio that created the Toy Story series, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and Ratatouille.  Their CEO went to the University of Utah, by the way, not an Ivy League school.  But […]

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Good press doesn’t necessarily mean good advice

Which article about college interviews would you be more likely to read? Option 1:  "College deans advise: Just relax and have a good conversation."  Or Option 2:  "College deans advise:  Girls, don't show your cleavage.  Boys, don't scratch yourselves."  Today, The New York Times chose option 2. Today's entry on The Choice, a blog I […]

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A word of advice for early decision applicants

Imagine you meet your boyfriend or girlfriend for a dinner date on Friday night and instead of sitting down to eat, you're met with the words, "I'm sorry, but I want to break up."  Ooof. You'd be hurt, probably surprised, and would likely head home for a weekend of mourning.  Now imagine that when you […]

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Great college applications are sticky

A great college application is one that makes you stand out from all the other applicants.  The admissions officer remembers it when it's time to discuss who to admit.  In fact, a great college application is sticky. I just finished reading Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. The authors, professors of […]

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