“No matter where you go, there you are” applies to college students and cowboy movie heroes. Shane, the gunfighter, cannot escape his past. Can college applicants create their own future? Parents’ stress surrounding admissions to highly competitive colleges (hereafter “HCC”) is as misguided as it is unfortunate. Kids who can do stuff–read, write, think–do better…Read the full article
“Psst” says the impeccably dressed gentleman at the reception. “I can get your son admitted to Princeton. Guaranteed.” Horrified, yet fascinated, you cannot help but respond: “No one can do that,” you begin. “Princeton routinely rejects 90% of their applicants. They turn down valedictorians with perfect SATs, captains of the football team, students who speak…Read the full article
“What did your daughter get on your math test?” “Where is she applying to college?” “What did she get on her SATs?” These are the thoughtful, endearing questions that concerned parents ask one another in the parking lot as they wait to pick up their eleventh graders after school. In our community, all the families…Read the full article
One of my favorite students came to me late in her senior year for some guidance about her admissions essays for college. We had a productive chat. We talked about “show don’t tell” and about “hidden agenda.” I advised her to make her personal statement, well, personal, and to avoid using “plethora,” “esoteric,” and other…Read the full article
No! No! No! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Unless you’re a second semester junior the time to prepare for the SAT is later–possibly never–depending on a few particulars. Let’s examine the arguments in favor of preparing for the SAT before refuting them one by one. “I have to prepare for the SAT now,” says Katie, a sophomore…Read the full article
Believe it or not, there is no such thing as a good college. There is such a thing as a good match between a student and an institution.