Why going through the college process is actually amazing

Seniors, I bet you’re eye rolling at this title. It’s fine. I get it. You’ve re-written, read and re-written your essay a billion times. You’ve created applications, probably have about a dozen username and passwords by now and if we logged into your email it’s most likely flooded, like really flooded, with emails about colleges,… Read More Why going through the college process is actually amazing

The one edge you can give yourself in the application process

What can give you added strength in your college application? Strength that allows an admission officer to pause on your app, and not pause because they caught something to question, but because after pages of reading they’ve come across something special. What can give you more admissibility power when your applying to a selective admission… Read More The one edge you can give yourself in the application process

Why My Grandfather was the Best College Counselor I Ever Had

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

What Highly Selective Institutions Look for in Applicants: A conversation every educator, parent and student must have

“…the paralyzing terror of choosing the regular class earning an A over the AP class with a B.” I initially sat down to write a post recapping my time spent at Vanderbilt. Admissions, updates, student life, etc. But a much bigger idea came to fruition and I could not help but tackle it. I know…are we… Read More What Highly Selective Institutions Look for in Applicants: A conversation every educator, parent and student must have

“Submit” and download “Headspace”

You’ve spent countless hours revising your essay. (or, ahem, maybe the past few hours)…you’ve checked your activities sheet and squeezed in that last line. You’ve reviewed your coursework. You’ve requested your supplemental materials. But there’s one thing left to do…”submit.” Up to roughly 90,000 students apply to at least one UC campus. And even though… Read More “Submit” and download “Headspace”

A Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, Berkeley and Vanderbilt Breakfast!

This morning I met with Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley and Vanderbilt University for some breakfast and campus/admissions updates. This Coast to Coast College Tour is a great opportunity to check in with admissions and hear new information! Colleges are always growing, adding new programs, tweaking plans and it’s amazing… Read More A Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, Berkeley and Vanderbilt Breakfast!