We’re hiring part-time college counselors

Collegewise is hiring part-time college counselors to join our offices in the following locations: Bergen County, New Jersey Irvine, California Millburn, New Jersey (update: this position has been filled) Redondo Beach, California Specifically, we’re looking for (current or former) high school counselors or college admissions officers whose work and life circumstances have led them to […]

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College confusion

Seth Godin nailed it with his post this week, especially this portion: “While a high-status college admission confers a measure of status, it doesn’t automatically grant a great education. Sometimes, a student gets both, but not always. Because learning is taken as much as given. Along the way, many of us have conflated the status with the […]

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Monday morning Q & A: How do we find the right fit?

Lisa asks: “We are finding it hard to get a true feel for each college. We’ve researched, visited, and googled, but we still can’t really tell what makes one school different from another. Any suggestions for resources or how to get the real vibe/true story. We have prioritized fit, but now find ourselves having trouble […]

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What you get and take

Marcus Buckingham has spent his professional career studying the secrets to individual success and engagement at work. Ashley Goodall is the senior vice president of leadership and team intelligence at Cisco. Together, they’ve written a new book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World. And lie #1, “People care which […]

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Who helped you get here?

Seniors, now that most of you are at the end of your college admissions process, if you were to stand on a stage and give an Academy Award-style thank you speech naming everyone who helped you get to the college you’re planning to attend, who would you name? A few suggestions: Your high school counselor […]

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Put a time on it

SNL (Saturday Night Live—a late-night live comedy sketch show, for the young and uninitiated) has enjoyed four decades on the air. If you’re part of SNL’s staff, you can’t get an extension for whatever you’re working on. You can’t claim you need more time to “get it perfect.” Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. sharp, the […]

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A message for this blog’s final graduating class

Writing a blog about the college admissions process means that a large percentage of my readers graduate—literally or figuratively—around this time every year. May 1—the date by which seniors decide where they’re going to college—has come and gone, once again. If you’re a soon-to-be college freshman or the parent of one, you’ve made it. And […]

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The definitive guide to STEM programs

In 2014, Collegewise counselor Meredith Graham penned a free Collegewise guide, “STEM’s Many Branches: College Planning for Students Considering Majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” A definitive guide to understanding and applying to STEM programs, it has become one of our most popular downloaded resources. Now, Meredith and co-author/fellow Collegewise counselor Abby Van Geldern […]

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Does constant oversight help or hurt?

Parents, imagine if the person your boss reported to could log into a system at any time, see the current status of your work, and then—without any necessary context—demand both explanations for and solutions to any perceived shortcomings of the work itself. Would that create a supportive environment for you or your boss? Would it […]

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Monday morning Q & A: How to address a lack of effort

I received multiple question submissions last week around one of the most popular topics for parents—how to help kids who seem to lack effort. Here are two examples: How can I encourage a growth mindset in a student who considers the minimal work or effort acceptable and who overcomes a challenge by avoiding it completely? […]

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