Accepting Back

Choosing your university…can be more difficult than you thought… I met with one of my “families” today who are based in Asia. They are expats in their host country, one parent European, the other Southeast Asian. My student, Marie, was accepted by all five of her UCAS choices (that’s the UK) and managed to get two massive merit scholarships from top universities in the US—one at over 30K USD per year—along with receiving acceptances from her first choice schools. (Her very top choice rejected her in the ED round. She will realize that that was a great thing…in fact there’s no love lost on that university by Marie anymore, but that’s not what this article is about albeit a great topic I’l

The Coalition

The Coalition: Not convinced I just attended a webinar on the new application platform under the working title of The Coalition. If you’re a client of mine, you’ve heard of this…but still not much about it as the specifics have been kept rather closely guarded by the creators and partners. Finally, OACAC invited members to attend a webinar hosted by a couple of The Coalition partner universities—Yale and Smith—inviting on the panel a US school guidance counselor and an Independent Educational Consultant, IEC, like me. Here’s what I think in brief: there’s not much (certainly nothing compelling yet that I’ve seen) that sets it apart from the Common Application, in particular for my families

The career question for young adults

The discussion and debate over career paths for young adults is a never-ending one. Jeff Selingo published an article in the NYTimes about this topic recounting a story that we hear regularly today in 2016 but that happened in…the 1800’s. With all of the uncertainty of career-focus, studying for the right career or diploma-relevant-to-career-path, Selingo nailed something I try to tell every parent: what matters is how students navigate their college years (less so than where they attended, what they majored in, perhaps even the grades they attained). Or rather, the onus is on you, students. And, that’s a beautiful thing. You can control this. Yesterday I went to meet a young Norwegian “

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