As a new college admission season falls upon us, I am reminded daily of the power it brings. Hurling its way into my office in the shape of panic, anxiety and stress. A process packed with self-reflection, vulnerability and inevitable road blocks. A process that affects not only the student, but the family as a… Read More Why My Grandfather was the Best College Counselor I Ever Had
You’re more than a test score. You’re GPA tells more than a number. Okay sure, maybe you’ve heard that when college admission offices are making decisions, they’re looking at MORE than just academics, but do you believe it? While universities admission policies and review processes vary, it IS helpful to understand the basis of what… Read More How Would an Admission Officer Review Your Application? Understanding Holistic Review and Making the Most out of Your Application
Liberal Arts. Gasp! (Insert sarcasm here) But what about the laser-focus? The foundation in something substantial. Liberal Arts you say? There can’t possibly be Math or Science happening. I don’t get it. How can you be successful with LIBERAL ARTS? It’s okay to admit that you may not be as familiar with the liberal arts model. But… Read More Why a Liberal Arts College May be Just for You & Claremont Colleges College Tour
Your college application is a culmination of your personal and academic experiences that showcase your strengths, talents, challenges, interests and are hopefully a prediction of the work yet to be done in the four-year journey ahead. As a college counselor who has worked with students over the past five years, I have heard the “what… Read More What Colleges WANT to See. How to Create Impact and a Lasting Impression.
You’ve aced your finals…or at least completed them…You’ve said your “have a good summers” and “we definitely need to hang out” and headed out the doors without looking back. But if you’re a rising Senior there may be a nagging voice that silently (or not so silently) keeps reminding you that college applications and the… Read More How to Tackle College Prep This Summer
Imagine yourself scanning your passport and grabbing some snacks in the terminal before you settle in for your flight. You sit back, watch a few movies take a nap and land in England, or Scotland, or Ireland! You walk off the plane and see some students gathering on the bus that takes you towards campus.… Read More Essential Resources and Tips + General Good-to-Know Information for Studying in the U.K.
The last two universities on the Explore England college tour included two vastly different universities each with their own strengths. Keele University, tucked in the countryside reminded me of a small, liberal arts university. The campus itself is more medium size, but the student body population is pretty small surrounded by a ton of green… Read More Keele University, The University of Birmingham + Resources for Studying Internationally
“Where are you applying to college?” It’s safe to say that this question has been asked an insane and overwhelming number of times. As a rising Senior, the number of times you’ll hear this question and even the IMPACT of how you feel when you hear it, will undoubtedly continue to grow. You know what? We… Read More What to do FIRST before thinking of applying to colleges
If you are a rising Senior, you’re most likely (or will be very soon according to your mother who has been kindly reminding you) thinking about where you’ll be applying in the Fall to four-year universities. I give you major kudos. Because a few things may feel differently in today’s age. Like the fact that… Read More The Secret to Finding AND Owning Your College List
Now can seem like a pretty busy time as you finish out your semester and cram. AP Exams, setting up summer plans, wrapping up assignments and, oh ya, all of your existing extracurricular commitments. If you’re a Junior you are well underway, or at least making plans to take an SAT or ACT and have… Read More What to prioritize as the semester ends and be stronger for it in the college admission process