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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...

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...

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 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...

March 6, 2017

I work with students coming from all different academic curricula and qualifications at the secondary school level--British A-levels, French Baccalaureate, Swiss Maturité, Spanish ESO, American AP (although not a “curricula”), New Zealand NCEA, German Abitur, …--who wi...

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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