How to prioritize activities on a college application

If you had the chance to have a ten-minute conversation with an admissions officer to explain everything you do that is important to you, what would you talk about?  How would you sum up the way you’ve spent your life in high school when you weren’t in class? You probably wouldn’t start with, “One time, […]

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College Essays should be about life’s smaller slices

It's good to see that the press still taps the well of admissions wisdom from the former dean of admissions at the University of Chicago, Ted O'Neil. From US News and World Report's The Right Way to Pitch Yourself to Schools In truth, he says, what you write about "doesn't have to be a week […]

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Beer, pizza and college admissions

Tomorrow, I'm heading to the nation's largest annual college admissions conference where I'll get to spend some time with admissions officers I've had the pleasure of getting to know in the last several years.  And based on past experiences, here are some things that various members of the group might do.  Some will go out […]

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A new film about the pressures on kids to perform

The pressure to achieve does a lot more to kids than just ruin the college admissions process.  According to a new film"A Race to Nowhere," it's producing a generation of kids with anxiety, stress-induced illness, and feelings of burnout before they even start college.  From the film's website: Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people […]

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I’m going to college–not you

I just bought I'm Going to College—Not You!: Surviving the College Search with Your Child and there are a few things I like about it already.   1.  The author is both the dean of admissions at Keynon College and the mother of a college student, so she's certainly got plenty of experience to guide parents […]

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For parents: a reminder to enjoy this time

Here's a video from Boston University showing one of the proudest, but also one of the most difficult days in a parent's life—dropping your student off at college and saying goodbye.  Warning:  If you're a crier, it might get to you. Parents, the fact that there are over 2,000 colleges in the country means even […]

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Why good kids write bad college essays

Arun and I enjoyed our first live webcast, "Why Good Kids Write Bad College Essays" this week.  The video is documented proof that we know a lot more about college essays than we do about video quality.  We'll work on that for future broadcasts.  In case you missed it, here's the video. Watch live video […]

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