College Admission Decisions Not What You Expected? Read This.

“…the truth is you HAVEN’T lost that much. But what you have gained…well…we have yet to see.”  If you spent one day…one day…asking each adult you came across about their life and how they got to where they are today, you would find a varying degree of small, powerful stories. Maybe surprising stories. Maybe stories… Read More College Admission Decisions Not What You Expected? Read This.

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

How Would an Admission Officer Review Your Application? Understanding Holistic Review and Making the Most out of Your Application

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

What to prioritize as the semester ends and be stronger for it in the college admission process

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

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

Pacific Northwest Tour – University of Puget Sound, Seattle U & University of Washington

More food, a little more rain and of course…more colleges! The last two days of our Pacific Northwest College tour included the University of Puget Sound, Seattle University and the University of Washington. A lot of fun surprises throughout each campus! University of Puget Sound: Before I list the quick facts, I have to share… Read More Pacific Northwest Tour – University of Puget Sound, Seattle U & University of Washington