Celebrating one year of daily blog posts

Today’s a big day for me, as it was one year ago today that I set a goal to write at least one entry on this blog every day.  Here I am, 365 days—378 entries—later. Why did I do this?The first reason was personal—I just wanted to see if I could do it.  I wanted […]

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More advice on letters of recommendation

There's some good advice on The Choice blog today courtesy of Martha Merrill, Dean of Admissions at Connecticut College, concerning teacher recommendations and how they are used during the admissions process. Seniors (and their parents) should pay particular attention to this tip: Follow instructions.  Admission officers will likely read only the required number of recommendations. […]

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You don’t need to be in AP classes to be challenged

Something happened recently that doesn't happen very often.  I disagreed with Jay Mathews. His 9/26 column, "High School Barred Average Students from Taking AP" (the current link on the Washington Post doesn't work or I'd post it here), was about a high school that required students to have a 3.0 grade point average to take […]

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Any college will do

There’s plenty of evidence to prove that what you do in college is more important than whether or not your college is prestigious.  Warren Buffet and the majority of the Fortune 500 CEOs are living proof. From the Wall Street Journal article, “Any College Will Do: Nation’s Top Chief Executives Find Path to the Corner […]

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The wrong way for colleges to use new media

I just got back from St. Louis and the annual conference of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).  More than any other topic, the sessions offered for admissions officers were about reaching out to students using new media, social networking, Iphone apps, etc.  And there were dozens of exhibitors in attendance selling their […]

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