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March 20, 2019

None of this is a surprise.  Humans have always tried to beat the system, trying to find an easy way in (or out) of a difficult process.  (Think Lance Armstrong.) Rich and entitled humans have always tried to buy their way into (or out of) a meritocity.  (Think our Pre...

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...

March 13, 2017

For those of you not involved or touched by the university admissions process—in particular that of the US—it may surprise you to read that I really like—and appreciate--the Regular Admissions round.  There’s so much anxiety, fury and madness over the “early” round—ED,...

February 27, 2017

I’m a firm believer that the admissions process itself lends to a beautiful opportunity for the student to learn about herself, build confidence and learn how to put her best foot forward…in her applications and beyond.  And, that the admissions process, when done corr...

February 13, 2017

The best question I've received all week.  All month.  When my students ask me this question I know they are really starting to think about themselves.  About who they are.  About the reality of university and what this process is starting to mean to them and about how...

February 6, 2017

You’re a student who will be applying to university this year—realistically in about 8 to 9 months for those applying to some earlier deadlines around the globe—and are already well into the process of discovering different types of universities, what you like about th...

January 30, 2017

We have to stop teaching adolescents that the way to “success” is to follow what the packs are doing.

December 23, 2016

It appears initially like another potential option for applicants (positive) but when it actually becomes one it just creates more panic (negative).  Yes, we’ve seen it before; but this year it has become more intensified and, the way I see it, much more unhealthy.  It...

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