What we’ve learned from our gong

We tried something new in our Irvine office this senior season–we brought in a gong.  The idea was that kids would bang the gong loudly and proudly on the day they submitted their final college application.  We wanted to show families yet another way to celebrate the process, not just the admissions outcomes.  To be […]

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Read what you’re signing before you sign it

It's just good business sense to read any document carefully before you sign it.  But on college applications, a lot of students don't read the fine print in the signature section.  They just sign and send. It's important to understand what you're agreeing to when you sign anything.  Here's some of the text from the […]

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Chris Rock on accountability

I've written posts before about the importance of students accepting responsibility, rather than blaming other people for their mistakes.  Of course, it's not just a good lesson for kids.  It's one of the secrets of successful adults, too. From comedian Chris Rock while being interviewed on Inside the Actor's Studio: It's never the audience's fault.  […]

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Take a class at Harvard, Stanford or MIT for free

Not many people in the world have ever experienced calculus at MIT.  No surprise there since you had to, well, get into MIT, which almost nobody does.  But now you don't have to get in.  You don't even have to apply.  All you need a computer to experience calculus…MIT style.  Here it is.  35 lectures, […]

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A pep talk for counselors

Whether you're a high school counselor or a private counselor, you've probably experienced some combination of the following stresses: Not enough time to focus on the admissions part of your job.  Working too many hours.  Too many letters of recommendation to write.  Parents with unrealistic expectations–for their kids, for the college admissions process, or for […]

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