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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...

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...

February 19, 2018

Remember that this transition is a massive one and far greater, more consequential, and life-changing than the application process itself. 

It happens this time every year.

I realize I say the above just about every time I start a theme but:

1: it’s true, and;

2: there’s v...

December 4, 2017

"Let’s help our students manage this one so that they can be more prepared for what life will continue to roll out: the unexpected."

Indeed it is the season.  For students receiving those [unpredictable] decisions from their universities...

Some of your students already...

November 13, 2017

Whenever a family first comes to me they do want to show they’ve been doing some “homework” and usually express this to me by giving me some specific names of universities they want their child to apply to.  I listen, take some notes, and assure them we will get to spe...

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