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July 13, 2020

Dear Families,

Students, your resilience amid all of this uncertainty is inspiring.  Please don't let go of it and continue to pursue what you're after.  

Now, some updates...but not loads of answers, I'm afraid.

Clearly the biggest news is the disparity from pr...

June 23, 2020

I took a wild hiatus from writing.  I think it's a mix of needing change (taking Chinese and meditation courses) and also the very real fact that all of the themes I have written about in the past stay very true in the present.  This is what I actually like about this...

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...

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