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Countdown to college: How you spend your summer vacation is important

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Thankfully, once students reach high school, they are no longer required to write the often painfully boring "what I did over my summer vacation" essay. But that doesn't mean what they do choose to do over summer isn't important.

One of the key components of strong college applications is how students have set themselves apart from...Read more

Countdown to college: Making a good first impression in the interview

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When practicing for interviews, students need to tiptoe that fine line between bragging about their accomplishments and sharing significant information.

Admissions officers want students who can think about and reflect on who they are and how they will benefit the college community they hope to join. Colleges want to know how students spend ...Read more

Countdown to college: These traits make letter-perfect students

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When I talk to parents and students, I share the following descriptors: passion, responsibility, enthusiasm, leadership, initiative, maturity, character, perseverance, integrity, interpersonal skills, commitment, curiosity, compassion, creativity, consistency.

So what does this really mean?

Passion: It's the buzzword in admissions offices....Read more

Countdown to college: The 10 commandments of the college admissions process (part 2)

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Last week I shared my thoughts on some important basics needed for families beginning the college admissions process. The first five of these "commandments" were:

1. Thou shalt know thyself. Students should spend some time understanding who they are, what they want and where they'd like to be in the future.

2. Thou shalt not fall...Read more

Countdown to college: The 10 commandments of the college admissions process (part 1)

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I've been helping students and families navigate the college admissions process for a long time now, and there are some basic fundamental truths. I'm calling them my 10 commandments of the college admissions process. I'm sharing 1-5 this week and 6-10 next week.

1. Thou shalt know thyself. For this process to really work, students need to ...Read more

Countdown to college: Answers to frequently asked questions

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Whether I'm leading a workshop on navigating the college admissions process or getting stopped in the frozen food aisle at the supermarket, here are some of the most common questions parents ask.

1. Is it better to take a lower-level class and get an "A" or to struggle somewhat in a higher-level class and get a "B"?

The...Read more

Countdown to college: Things to think about in the new year

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January is a time for resolutions and reorganization. If you're the parent of a high school freshman or sophomore, but particularly if you're the parent of a junior, now is the time to understand and start implementing the college timeline.

There is no need to be intimidated. With proper planning and execution, you'll have plenty of time to ...Read more

Countdown to college: Early admissions trends for the Class of 2024

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With Class of 2024 results coming in for the early admissions round at top colleges and universities around the country, here is what we've learned thus far.


Unlike past years that saw big gains in everyone's early numbers, this year was more of a mixed bag. Brown saw its number of Early Decision applicants grow by 8 percent, ...Read more