Parent/student roles

Parents, as college decisions arrive for your applicant in the house, eliciting everything from jubilation to (temporary) despair, the single most important thing I can remind you is this: It’s not happening to you. It’s happening to your student. You may feel thrilled, upset, angry, confused, frustrated, etc. on their behalf. That’s completely normal considering you’ve […]

Read More >

On the value of internships

For students who may be considering pursuing an internship as a means of increasing experience, building a resume, or gaining a college admissions advantage, here are a few guidelines to help you make a good choice, and hopefully land a good opportunity. 1. Remember that your efforts to secure the internship are part of the […]

Read More >

A good time to start stopping?

Parents, will you be regularly doing any of these things for your high schooler this year? Making key decisions about how they spend their time? Arguing with the adults (teachers, counselors, coaches, etc.) in your student’s life? Lobbying to get them what they want? Checking (or even doing) their work for them? Cleaning up any […]

Read More >

Actions lead to answers

Collegewise is getting ready to roll out some new offerings within our programs. Not new services—we’re still doing all college counseling, all the time. But we’ll be adding new versions of how many hours people can buy with a counselor, how many applications we’ll assist with, and how much total time a customer will spend […]

Read More >

18-hour days?

18-hour work days would be a grueling schedule for even the most driven adult. But it’s a sad stage of high school affairs if that’s the norm for teens, as this sobering article reminds us. “Our kids are exhausted and burnt out, and yet we just keep piling on the tasks and raising the admission […]

Read More >

What to do next

If you’ve got big goals for 2018—higher grades, more patient parenting, better performance at work, etc.—you may already have the blueprint to make those changes. Think back to those times when you did the very things you’ve resolved to do. That time you got the A on the big test you studied so hard for. […]

Read More >

In their shoes before their inbox

If your school, company, organization, etc. regularly sends emails to a list you maintain, here are the two most important questions to consider before you hit “Send.” 1. Did the recipients specifically ask for this email? That’s a different question than “Did they provide you with their email address?”  You don’t like getting spam, and neither […]

Read More >

What happens to high school valedictorians?

After graduation, valedictorians aren’t the most likely to succeed Why valedictorians rarely become rich and famous — and the average millionaire’s college GPA was 2.9 Why your good grades won’t help you change the world These are just a sampling of some of the articles published after Eric Barker released his book, Barking Up the […]

Read More >

Standardized test planning

Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT dominate college prep talk in many circles. Which test are you taking? What tutor are you using? What score did you get? The questions incite anxiety, especially for families who don’t yet have all the answers. On February 27, our two Collegewisers who have the most accumulated knowledge around […]

Read More >