What happens next?

A Collegewise father once called me and told me, "Kevin, you won't believe this.  Lauren (his daughter) just called me and said, 'Dad, I'm graduating from college in two months.  So, what happens next?'" He had a reply that would have made my own father proud. "I told her, 'What happens next?  I'll tell you.  […]

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Pronoun guidelines for parents

I received an email from a parent last week asking about how to find volunteer opportunities for her son.  Here’s an excerpt: “I was thinking about volunteering him at a hospital or maybe at a local soup kitchen.”   It’s coming from a good place.  But wherever that kid ends up, he won’t actually be “volunteering”; he’ll just be […]

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Treat rejections like break-ups

When someone breaks up with you, you have two options. 1.  You can enter an extended period of mourning.  You can blame yourself and say you weren't pretty enough or smart enough or fun enough.  You can wallow, shun other potential dates, and remain convinced that you'll never find love again. 2.  Or you can […]

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What’s your story?

I was meeting with a Collegewise family once when the student revealed that his now bald father had an afro back in college. The dad held his hands six inches from his head and said, "It was out to here."   As the student sat there giggling, I told the father how hard that was for […]

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Burgers and shakes for the parent’s soul

To really experience college, I think you need to pull at least one all-nighter. I look back at my college life and marvel at the things I could do back then, like play intramural basketball at midnight, live on pasta and canned sauce, and stay up all night writing my six-page paper for “English 201: […]

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Life changers…

I've made a living doing public speaking almost since the day I graduated from college.  But I never knew I was any good at it until that one day in college when I ran for an office in my fraternity and we had to get up and give a speech.  I learned something about myself […]

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On College Visits, Just See What You Want to See

I visited Notre Dame once and I only wanted to see one thing–Notre Dame Stadium.  I didn't take a tour or hear the information session or sit in a class.  I just wanted to see "The House that Rockne Built."  Sure, it's possible that I had to squeeze through an opening in a locked gate […]

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How to compare financial aid awards

Comparing financial aid awards from colleges isn't as easy as asking, "Who's giving us the most money?" We've met more than one family who admitted to being swept up by the total figure in the financial aid award letter they received along with an offer of admission from a college.  When a college says that […]

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