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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...

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...

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...

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...

January 15, 2018

This process is way too complicated and based on subjectivity to have an “arranged marriage" of ticked boxes and robotic responses. ​ 

I worry about where this is all going.  Or where it’s already gone.  Why have we deduced the process of applying to univ...

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...

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...

May 11, 2017

Until this type of “planning” is incorporated into the student’s curriculum in secondary school, it will continue to be something that students, parents, schools get wrong. 

Two things here: I use the word “planning” because what I believe needs to be done is more than...

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