“Honey, stop talking”

A Collegewise family I worked with years ago had an endearing dynamic. During our meetings together, the mother would routinely say to the father, “Honey, stop talking.” It would be hard to find a couples counselor who would endorse a relationship where one partner routinely shut down the other like this. But here was the […]

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What colleges say, and what students hear

Students often hear something very different than the intended message when a college says, “You are invited to apply with our special application…” “Colleges want students who have demonstrated leadership…” “Our college has a 10 percent admit rate…” “The most competitive applicants will have challenged themselves in a rigorous course program…” “Our college reviews applications […]

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How will you know if you don’t ask?

My three-year-old has officially hit the “Why?” phase. Any declarative statement we make, whether answering one of his questions, making an observation, or explaining why he should or can’t do something, is almost always met with the same reply. Why? Every parent has not only been through this phase, but also experienced the end of […]

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Four weeks from now

When The Beatles released Rubber Soul in 1965, it ushered in a new sound to Beatlemania. They traded their cheerful pop songs that made people clap and dance for more experimental, emotional songs that made people listen and think. No band had ever produced music like Rubber Soul’s before, and the album marked the beginning of […]

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Whether or not you’re in charge

You certainly don’t have to be a CEO to benefit from Claire Lew’s advice in her new post, “How to influence culture when you’re not the CEO.” And here are two past posts of mine about how to make a difference even when you’re not in charge, one on how to be a leader without a leadership […]

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When the talk turns towards college

I posted a reminder for parents earlier this month that there are far more fascinating conversations to be had with your teens than those that revolve around college admissions topics. And I still maintain that you have a far more important job than that of college application general manager in your house. But there are […]

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Free webinar: Visual and Performing Arts 101

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For students who are interested in studying visual and performing arts, Collegewise is offering the following free 90-minute webinar: Visual and Performing Arts 101: An Inside Look at the Admissions Process December 6th, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PST Cost: Free Presenter: Kavin Buck, Visual and Performing Arts College Counseling Specialist, Collegewise Click here to register. Topics covered […]

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