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Countdown to college: More summer advice for rising seniors

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If there is one tip I’d like to share with rising seniors, it would be to get organized this summer. Plan, revise the plan and then stick to it.

I know planning is almost antithetical to many teenagers, but the college admissions process presents an ever-changing landscape with lots of moving parts.

Things to think about over the summer:...Read more

Countdown to college: Lessons learned during the process

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I asked some students how they felt about the entire college admissions process, now that their final decisions are behind them. I wondered what lessons they learned and what they would be eager to share with rising seniors now that they had passed to the other side.

What struck me was how similar their responses were to what college ...Read more

Countdown to college: Creative ways to say congrats to grads

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Cash may be still be king when it comes to what high school grads want to see when they open their graduation cards, but if you’re interested in a spark of creativity or trying to personalize your gifts, here are some fun suggestions.

Keeping them connected

Students are constantly connected electronically, so most anything that will make...Read more

Countdown to college: What should rising seniors be doing over the summer?

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“Junior year is almost over, time for a vacation” is a frequently heard refrain in many households these days.

Yes, they absolutely deserve a break, but let me be the bad guy and tell them not to waste away their summer. Give them some decompression time. Let them push aside their mathematical equations and U.S. history dates and allow ...Read more

Countdown to college: How to decide whether to stay on the wait list

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Consider saying “no.”

Being offered a spot on a college’s wait list is stressful, unsettling and demoralizing, and for some it's just not worth the wait.

One student who said “no thanks” to Harvard’s wait list described it this way: “I didn’t like being wait-listed. It felt like a consolation prize. Why would they wait-list...Read more

Countdown to college: Letters of recommendation can be the tipping factor

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College applications don’t open until this summer or early fall, so why are we talking about letters of recommendation in May?

The reason is that now — yes, in May — is the time to begin asking teachers if they’ll be able to write your letter. I’ve heard too many stories of top-notch students who wait until the fall to ask their ...Read more

Countdown to college: The college admissions courtship

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The college admissions process has occasionally been likened to an old-fashioned mating ritual.

It starts out with mutual flirtation: Student flirts with college, requesting information and perhaps visiting campus; college flirts with student, sending emails and a forest's worth of brochures, mailings and emails.

It starts to get a little ...Read more

Countdown to college: How to make the final decision

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The colleges have made their decisions, and now students are in the driver’s seat. By May 1, students must notify the college they choose to attend. All students, even those who received notification that they are on a college’s wait list, must send in a deposit somewhere by May 1 to assure that they will have a spot in the freshman class....Read more

Countdown to college: How to handle wait-list purgatory

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I’m sure you’re tired of hearing how “this was an incredibly tough year" for students applying to college. The truth is, it was, and that means a lot more students were put on wait lists, and there were also a lot more rejections.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE WAIT-LISTED

Your options:

1. Hopefully you received an acceptance from ...Read more

Countdown to college: How to handle wait-list purgatory

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I’m sure you’re tired of hearing how “this was an incredibly tough year" for students applying to college. The truth is, it was, and that means a lot more students were put on wait lists, and there were also a lot more rejections.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE WAIT-LISTED

Your options:

1. Hopefully you received an acceptance from ...Read more

Countdown to college: Wait-list fundamentals

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Within days, all admissions decisions will be complete, all notifications will have been made, and we’ll all be watching the fabulous tear-jerking videos of deserving students finding out they’ve been accepted into their dream schools.

But this year, more students than ever will find themselves on the wait list. The wait list, commonly ...Read more

Countdown to college: Last-minute tips for campus visits

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Typically, what I’m saying to families at this time of the year is: “Load up your minivans and head for the airports and highways for the annual spring break campus visit blitz, but make it your own: Go above and beyond the standard tour.”

But of course, this year is totally different. Some campuses are providing tours and information ...Read more