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March 21, 2019


We ask them the wrong questions. We show them that happiness is in a brand. That happiness is a checklist.  This all relates to how the admissions process is executed and whether students have the opportunity--as they should--to grow from it, instead of suffering thro...

March 20, 2019

None of this is a surprise.  Humans have always tried to beat the system, trying to find an easy way in (or out) of a difficult process.  (Think Lance Armstrong.) Rich and entitled humans have always tried to buy their way into (or out of) a meritocity.  (Think our Pre...

March 19, 2019

We’ve been reading loads of articles in the past week-- including this one from the NYTimes --about the overly involved--sometimes referred to as “snowplow”--parent in adolescents’ lives.  I work with parents of this cohort everyday and see the effects--or not--firstha...

March 13, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

It's been an interesting morning that I hadn't expected but as I process and read am feeling positive.  If you have not read yet, the US Department of Justice has indicted parents, counselors, and coaches in a massive scandal for buying their...

March 6, 2019

This topic, very on-point and one of discussion throughout international higher education--from the US and Canada to Europe and over here in Asia and Australia and New Zealand--is hardly easily evaluated by us, the consumer.  The data is not readily accessible and even...

January 18, 2019

I hear this often. 

I ask: "Tell me how you ended up attending secondary school in X country?"

"Well, we/my parents thought that the education system is better in X country than in my home/Y country and would be viewed more favourably by admissions when I apply to univer...

September 21, 2018

It’s application season which means it’s one of the most important opportunities in a young adult’s life to show who they truly are.

What??

That's right.  *One of the most important opportunities in a young adult's life to show who they truly are.*

Yet, how many stud...

June 11, 2018

Same setting as Part 1.  I’m talking with my graduating seniors and their families when a parent tells me his youngest is getting a lot of push-back from his international school on his IB package and subject choices.  He will start the IBDP--a two-year curriculum--aft...

June 5, 2018

Last week I met with some of my graduating seniors and their parents.  Everyone was quite excited and perhaps in awe of the passing of time: Did we really just go through the entire university application process?  Am I really heading off to university?  Little by litt...

April 6, 2018

The issues foment when privilege is tied to expectations and favoritism and that the privileged expects certain favors, results and actions based on his/her wealth, power, social standing.

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