Wait for the end

Imagine watching 90 minutes of a dramatic movie and then walking out before finding out what happened to all the main characters. Or reading all but the last two chapters of a mystery novel and never finding out who did it. Would your descriptions of those tales be accurate if you didn’t know the end? […]

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Do the right thing

One of the worst things a student can do when a college denial arrives is to minimize the accomplishment for those students who were accepted. He only got in because his dad went there. My ACT score was much higher than hers. It’s because he applied as a botany major. I heard it’s much easier. […]

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It’s not about the total hours

I’ve met a lot of high school students who could benefit from embracing the message in this piece, The Outwork Myth. Just make sure that you understand the message before you take it to heart. The message is not that hard work isn’t important or that people who become successful don’t get there without working […]

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Crisis today, anecdote tomorrow

I still remember the consternation my wife and I felt when her maternity leave was coming to an end and our firstborn still wouldn’t take a bottle. She shared her worries with her own mother about how we’d tried every bottle size and shape, but he wouldn’t take any of them. I don’t know what […]

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Unfinished apps? Time to get to work

If you’re a senior who’s procrastinated on your college applicants, you already know that you’re running out of time to complete them. You might also be filled with a combination of regret for what got you here with a fear that you’ll never finish on time. If you’re in that camp, here’s a tool that […]

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See past the decisions

This week, applicants began receiving their early application news from colleges they applied to. That means lots of jubilation, heartbreak, and in some cases, confusion over decisions that, to someone who wasn’t in the room when the decision was made, might not seem to make sense. Many of our Collegewise counselors reached out to their […]

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Holiday tips for high school counselors

With our Collegewise seniors heading into their holidays with completed applications, our counselors are about to begin a well-earned two-week break until after the new year. Last week, I delivered an internal webinar for counselors about how to not just get the most out of their vacation, but also protect themselves from the worries of […]

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Why not try it?

When I started Collegewise in 1999, my parents had just moved to Switzerland where my dad had taken a new job. Months earlier, I’d booked tickets to spend a week with them over the Christmas holiday. And while this is hard to imagine today, internet access wasn’t necessarily reliable or even available everywhere. I didn’t […]

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Five holiday reads to reduce admissions stress

The best way to reduce college admissions stress over the holiday might be not to read (or talk) about it at all. But if you can’t quite turn off the college worries and just need some outside reminders that everything will be OK, here are five worthy holiday reads. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and […]

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