Fascinating conversations to be had

Parents, here’s a path to having some fascinating conversions with your student. Replace some questions like these: How did you do on your math test? How are your applications coming? How did your history exam go today? Can you ask your teacher for extra credit? Did you hear back from your tutor yet? Have you […]

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How you score with people

Almost all the standard college admissions metrics focus on individual achievements. Classes, grades, test scores, honors, awards—it’s all about what you did and what you accomplished. Given that students are immersed in a feeding frenzy of peers all trying to best each other, it’s no wonder that we’re also seeing higher rates of stress, depression, anxiety, and […]

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Not measured by grades and test scores

In Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies, or “Fat Envelopes,” author Madeline Levine points out that it’s both unrealistic and unfair to expect our children will excel at everything given that all of us are average at many things. She argues that while parents who celebrate the inherent uniqueness of their kids […]

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How can you give “props”?

Arun recently launched a new channel on our company chat platform called #props. For the uninitiated (and for my 75-year-old parents who read this blog), “props” are the modern “kudos.” As the header of the channel describes, its purpose is “[College]Wisers giving thanks, shout-outs, and accolades to other Wisers.” It’s so simple, and it probably […]

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“Your application is incomplete”

Some parts of the college admissions cycle are so 1) recurring and 2) fear-inducing that they merit a repost here every now and then. Here’s one. “Our records indicate that your application is incomplete.” Those are not the words you want to hear or read when you so methodically ensured that all of the required […]

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Guaranteed celebration

If you’re a senior who just submitted your early applications for November 1 deadlines, congratulations. There is increasing concern among counselors and even colleges about just how many schools are offering these programs right now, how many students are taking advantage of them, and how much added pressure that places on applicants, many of whom feel […]

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When parents must get the job done right

One mark of a true professional in any field is the ability to temporarily set aside distractions from their personal lives and get the job done right. You expect that your surgeon won’t allow her frustration with her kitchen contractor to interfere with your procedure. You expect your accountant to be precise with your finances even […]

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