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Applications vs. Health

Applications vs. Health. Hmmm.. I worry when this process shows its ugly head by making parents second-guess logical thinking. This happens. And, not just as we read in the press with American families living in the US. This happens with my families as well, all the time, international families who plan to apply to the US and possibly send their child to university in the States. The territory is much less known and understood and so the fear factor, I would dare say, is that much higher, that much more elevated for the international family going through the US university admissions process. Which is why I worried this morning. My student Rebecca lives in Latin America. I had sent her a

New features to the 2016/2017 CA

I just finished a webinar on the 2016-2017 Common Application and have a few reports to make as you begin writing your applications. The CA will officially launch on 1 August—many of you have already signed up and that’s excellent—with individual university supplements and all features available after this date. (If you’ve signed up pre-1 August you’ll have to go through a screen or two to “roll over” your account—nothing to be afraid of or anything that will take more than a minute to complete.) Here are some highlights/changes to the 2016-2017 Common Application and I’ll be sending to each of my students after 1 August a play-by-play on each of the sections to help guide you through: The

Second guessing ACT

Students taking ownership. Part 1. Of many. Stefanie called me yesterday. She asked if we could meet to discuss her son’s preparation for the ACT, which is coming up on Saturday. Stefanie and her son are clients of mine, and this her and her husband’s third child with whom I am working. As with just about all of my clients, Stefanie and her husband carry different passports from one another and have lived and are living as expats in a foreign land. Their children have all been third-culture kids. Jakob is finishing his IB in a Southern Hemisphere private school here in Australia-NZ. Stefanie is European. We know one another well. “Jakob took his mock ACT exam and could not even fini

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