August 12, 2017

How to Become a Smarter Thinker for Your College Essays

The Education Life section of the Sunday, August 6, 2017, New York Times carries a sobering story about Why Kids Can’t Write – and it seems that there are different views about how to resolve that problem – […]
July 11, 2017
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Can You Get Into Grad School Even if You Go to the “Safe” College on Your List?

My answer has always been a resounding, “Yes!” But it’s often difficult to convince high school students of that. So I am often on the lookout for success stories, and I found one at the end of May […]
April 29, 2017

What Makes a Leader?

I love to take the train. Either I get to catch up on my sleep or on my reading. The other day on MetroNorth to NYC for a lunch meeting with reps from two southern colleges, I got […]
April 18, 2017

Let’s Be Happy!

With all the hoopla regarding the sobering regular decision admission numbers at places like Penn and Duke and Harvard, let’s not forget the students who aren’t applying to those schools who also have worked hard in high school […]
February 26, 2017

I Would Not Come Here If I Were a Republican

“I would not come here if I were a Republican” is a quote I discovered in a guidebook about American colleges, supposedly stated by a student at a college in New England. That isn’t such an atypical statement, […]
December 19, 2016

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!

This past weekend, I attended a family wedding. Today, I attended a funeral of the grandmother of the groom, a woman in her late 80s, and then came home to find a message in my voicemail that my […]
December 2, 2016

Is the New SAT Policy for Receiving Accommodations Fair?

I’ve been giving this issue a lot of thought lately, especially in light of the recent decision by the College Board to ease its process for obtaining accommodations. My fear – Are we opening up the system to […]
November 15, 2016

Can Breathing Deeply Raise Your SAT or ACT Score?

Here’s a thought for students who have anxiety over taking the SATs, ACTs and SAT subject tests: Breathing! The thought comes from reading the Science section of the New York Times this morning. In an article entitled, Breath. […]
August 28, 2016

College Admissions: Getting Tougher on Students

I’m all for making applying to colleges easier for students, who have a lot on their plates in the fall of senior year. School work, of course, and extracurricular activities, coupled with applications and college visits in the […]
August 27, 2016

For High School Students Who Spent the Summer at Camp

Not long ago, I was at a very small gathering of a handful of guidance counselors and three college reps, including the Dean of Admissions, and we got to talking about high school students and extracurricular activities. I […]