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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...

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.

March 9, 2018

Mutter the words “university” and “admissions” and you’ll feel stress around you—verbal, visceral, corporeal, mental.  Have you ever seen a student or a parent get really excited about the process?  That’s the problem: because they should.  And, that’s where we have—as...

January 26, 2018

I was just settling into a relaxing shoulder opener before class when I overheard two of my yoga buddies in the row behind me:

--Well, I think Exeter has really gone up.  I mean, its ranking is far higher than when I attended.

--My daughter is thinking of Bath.  But, the...

May 26, 2017

Leah has never been to the US before.  Neither have her parents.  Yet, she’s going to be heading there in two months to spend the next four years of her life…and maybe even more after that.  

Does it surprise you that Leah and her parents are just a little bit...

April 17, 2017

I’m finishing up preparing for a university guidance “bootcamp intensive" I’ll be running with the Canadian International School in Singapore starting this week. I love this work—and this school—and as I finish drafting my last presentation for their community, I am mo...

March 13, 2017

For those of you not involved or touched by the university admissions process—in particular that of the US—it may surprise you to read that I really like—and appreciate--the Regular Admissions round.  There’s so much anxiety, fury and madness over the “early” round—ED,...

February 27, 2017

I’m a firm believer that the admissions process itself lends to a beautiful opportunity for the student to learn about herself, build confidence and learn how to put her best foot forward…in her applications and beyond.  And, that the admissions process, when done corr...

February 13, 2017

The best question I've received all week.  All month.  When my students ask me this question I know they are really starting to think about themselves.  About who they are.  About the reality of university and what this process is starting to mean to them and about how...

February 6, 2017

You’re a student who will be applying to university this year—realistically in about 8 to 9 months for those applying to some earlier deadlines around the globe—and are already well into the process of discovering different types of universities, what you like about th...

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