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September 30, 2016

Parent called.  What should my 9th grader be doing now for uni admissions?  Nothing.

One of my former clients called me today.  I had checked in a week ago to see how the family was doing and knowing that their daughter is finishing up her first year in the US.  (T...

June 7, 2016

Test preparation—something that is lamentably an absolute, probably the only time I tell my students something they must do, that’s non-negotiable, and with a roll of my eyes—can cost a lot of money.  The reality of US university admissions is this: you should never ba...

May 27, 2016

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...

May 17, 2016

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 supplement...

May 1, 2016

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 chi...

April 21, 2016

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...

April 17, 2016

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 close...

April 6, 2016

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 o...

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