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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 6, 2019

This topic, very on-point and one of discussion throughout international higher education--from the US and Canada to Europe and over here in Asia and Australia and New Zealand--is hardly easily evaluated by us, the consumer.  The data is not readily accessible and even...

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...

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...

December 4, 2017

"Let’s help our students manage this one so that they can be more prepared for what life will continue to roll out: the unexpected."

Indeed it is the season.  For students receiving those [unpredictable] decisions from their universities...

Some of your students already...

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 26, 2017

Leah has never been to the US before.  Neither have her parents.  Yet, she’s going to be heading there in two months to spend the next four years of her life…and maybe even more after that.  

Does it surprise you that Leah and her parents are just a little bit...

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...

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