Classroom comradery

This week, I had the opportunity to spend an entire day training the managers from one college’s admissions office. We’ve spent a lot of time at Collegewise developing our management philosophy, training and programming, and I was really excited about the opportunity to share it. But I also had some trepidation. Professional development sessions can […]

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Entitlement

Entitlement causes a lot of frustration in college admissions. Nobody forces a family to treat a “No” from a dream college like a personal rejection, one that’s robbing them of their right to attend Top-Choice U. This is especially true when you have offers of admission in hand from other colleges. That decision to be […]

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What happens next?

Imagine a friend told you: “Six months ago, I started training for a triathlon, I launched my own business, and I enrolled in a class to help me overcome my fear of public speaking.” You’d probably express your interest or even excitement on their behalf. But your natural response would also almost certainly involve the […]

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Collegewise is hiring: Head of Sales

After running Collegewise for 18 years without a dedicated sales team, the decision to finally install one in 2017 felt like a long-overdue first step, the chance to begin our journey towards sales done the Collegewise way. It worked. Today, we have a remarkable sales force driven by a sincere desire to help, a crew we’re proud […]

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Less is not more

To get more done, do less. To get people to listen, talk less. To get people to read what you write, write less. And please do the same with your college applications. In their understandable eagerness to stand out, too many students want to inject more, more, more into their applications. They attach additional essays, […]

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The answers we don’t like

Every parent has experienced some version of the transformation that takes place when your child decides they don’t like your answer to one of their questions. They ask for the ice cream or the video or the new toy, and when the “no” comes back from the parent, the response can range from a toddler-like […]

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The choices are all yours

Height is decided for you. Whether you view yours as a gift, a curse, or an unremarkable trait, your DNA has already made its decision. You get no say. But punctuality, reliability, empathy, honesty, flexibility, respect, effort, trust, curiosity, initiative, passion… Those are choices we all get to make. Some of us may have more […]

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More than just words

Our hiring process at Collegewise is a good reminder of what it must be like for admissions officers at many colleges to read applications. We receive hundreds of applications for open positions at Collegewise. And every one of them is read by a human. But for an applicant to progress to the next round of evaluation, […]

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The cost of just applying

I’ve made the hyperbolic joke in front of audiences that the result will be predictable if you apply to Harvard with a 1.0 GPA, an SAT score of -120, and a misdemeanor conviction for attempting to flood your school hallways with lizard spit. Harvard will deny you, but they will happily accept your $75 application fee to […]

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Self-induced

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From the University of Virginia’s Twitter feed (for reference, the maximum score on these tests is 800): The obsession with standardized test scores, the unnecessary parental pushing, the phone call coming from the parent rather than the student—it encapsulates the reality that much of the anxiety and pressure families find in this process is self-induced.

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