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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

October 20, 2017

I met with a parent the other day who had just dropped her daughter off at university.  She said how excited her daughter was, how terrifying it was for her and her husband to leave Abby at university and just how splendidly Abby seemed to get on in her first week on c...

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