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Will it be harder to get in next year?

A lot of our students are asking me whether the Coronavirus should change which colleges they consider. In particular, they are wondering whether the pandemic will make it harder for them to get into college. I don’t think it will.  But it’s completely impossible to know for sure.  Like so many facets of society, the …

Do I Still Need the SAT or ACT?

The Coronavirus is hampering students’ ability to take the SAT and ACT.  If you’re one of them, what should you do? Keep your college search going despite being stuck at home Take advantage of your extra time by doing as well as possible in school Suspend the need to finalize your SAT/ACT plans To explore …

Can’t Make Campus Visits? Three Ways You Can Still Connect With Colleges

If so, you’re not alone. Coronavirus stopped so many Spring Break plans. That week is – or at least has been – the perfect time for sophomores and juniors to make college campuses. So, what can you do to personally connect with college admissions offices and advance your search for the right college? I’d recommend …

Stuck at Home? How to keep pushing your College Search forward

Visiting multiple campuses helps you make better college choices. Taking the SAT or ACT three times – or at least twice – is recommended to maximize your test scores. The Coronavirus is disrupting both of those key steps in your college search. It will disrupt others as well. So, what can you do right now …

3 Biggest Reasons for a High School Resume

Should I have a resume in High School? Absolutely, but the 3 best reasons for a High School student to have a resume are different from why their parents have one. Professionals tend to consider a resume a highly-polished final product used to land a job.  For a high school student, I prefer a very …

Receive the Gifts

COVID-19 is here to stay. Many young adults are sequestered away from campus for the duration of the semester already, and we are beginning to hear predictions of months, even years of altered societal norms. So, here are my recommendations for those of you late high school and early college students for how to keep …

College Application Pep Talk: 5 Tips For a Strong Finish Copy

For high school students, the first semester of senior year is crazy, stressful and all kinds of other things. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, most seniors applying to college feel only one thing right now: exhaustion. Nevertheless, now is the time for a final push! Parents frequently ask me for advice to help their kids …

6 Strategies to Prioritize Wellness in Your College Search

In my last blog, I talked about why recent trends concerning the mental health of teens should be a part of your conversation about postsecondary plans. Of course, you know that placing yourself in an environment that will allow you to thrive socially, physically, spiritually, emotionally, AND academically is the right choice. But, what do …

College Admissions Isn’t Fair – 10 Ways to Level the Playing Field

Only 38% of Americans think the college admissions process is fair, according to a recent survey by the Higher Education Analytics Center. The recent Admissions Scandal (aka Operation Varsity Blues) highlights how Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and dozens of other uber-wealthy people hired Rick Singer to inflate their kids’ test scores and bribe college officials. …

3 Tips For Talking To Your High Schooler About College This Holiday Season

In this season of reflection, holiday, and rest, sometimes families with high school students find it hard to strike the right balance of wanting to talk about what lies ahead (college!) and wanting to give space to each other and take a break from the busy pace of high school. From my years of working …

5 Trends in Personal Wellness To Consider in College Planning

You know the following 5 trends* impacting teens. You feel them as a high school student. Or, you worry about them as a parent. At a recent professional conference I attended, a speaker introduced 5 mental health trends impacting teens’ lives today. Depression, stress and anxiety diagnoses and challenges are on the rise Trauma impacts …

Applying Early: 3 Questions, 3 Answers

In this blog post, we examine early application options. We compare Early Decision to Early Action and explain the pros and cons of these decision plans. What does Early Decision mean? Early Decision is an application plan offered by some colleges in which a student applies during the fall (usually a November 1st or November …