What’s really important?

A lot of parents suffer through the college process, anxious about whether or not their kids will gain acceptance to a prestigious college.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  Parents (and kids) can eliminate a lot of the anxiety associated with college admissions by just focusing on what's really important.  Imagine making the […]

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When plagiarism and stupidity collide

Last month, I published "30 Colleges, 30 Collegewise Guides to Getting In" on this blog.  I gave away a lot of advice about how to approach the application essays for each college, and I even included samples of what a good response might sound like. It should go without saying that you shouldn't lift those […]

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Some advice on choosing activities…

What you choose to do outside the classroom, and the passion with which you pursue it, tells the colleges a lot about the potential impact you are likely to make on their campuses.  As you think about how you want to spend your time outside the classroom, here are some pointers to keep in mind: […]

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Starting from scratch

"We don't know anything."  I hear that occasionally from parents and students who have no idea where to start with college planning.  Any family who takes these five steps will be more informed and in control of their student's college destiny.   If you've come to the realization that you should be doing more, but […]

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Lost arts

I think every high school student would be well served to master these ten skills. How to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eye, and introduce yourself. How to call someone you don’t know and articulately ask a question. How to write a thoughtful, appropriately composed and punctuated email that makes a good first impression. […]

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Another reason to love Wikipedia

Sure, you can't necessarily believe EVERYTHING you read on Wikipedia.  But everyone’s favorite research tool can also be used in the college search.  Wikipedia has great college write-ups that include information on everything from the make-up of the student body to dorm life descriptions and listings of notable alumni.  And really, who wouldn't want to […]

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Free guidance from admissions officers

Few people are doing more to calm the college admissions frenzy than the The Education Conservancy is.  And they give some pretty great advice from admissions officers on how to take control of the college admissions process.  It's worth forwarding on to your friends and to parents who seem far too wound up in the […]

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The backlash against over-parenting

Time Magazine recently ran a cover story about the dangers of over-parenting.  The author presents an argument that hovering less and allowing kids to find their own way actually produces happier kids…and happier parents.  And there is some pretty compelling evidence supporting the method of "letting them grow by letting go." We've watched over 2500 […]

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