Category Archive: Parents

Mar 06

I Said We’d Never Hire A College Admissions Adviser. Then We Did.

“As I watched my friends with teenagers begin the college search process, I quietly judged those who hired a college admissions adviser. Certainly the admissions process is hard, but hiring someone to help your kid through the process? That’s something that “those” parents do, and we were not going to be those parents. Those are …

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Dec 07

What Parents Can Do To Foster A Lifetime Love Of Learning-Are you doing enough?

Over the many years I have been consulting with students, the one thing that is often the missing ingredient to their admissions prospects and lifetime goals, is a love of learning. The focus tends to be on grades to the almost exclusion of pure curiosity and learning for its own sake. A love of learning …

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Nov 08

If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love

Some students and parents believe that students must know what they want to do in life before they enter college, at the age of 17 or 18 years old. “The premise that choosing a major is choosing a career rests on the faulty notion that ‘the major’ is important for its content, and that the …

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Sep 20

I Said We’d Never Hire A College Admissions Adviser. Then We Did.

This is a very insightful NY Times article on hiring a college admissions adviser. Over the years that I have been an independent college consultant, I have heard this from many parents who had then hired me to counsel their children through the college admissions process. “In spite of our bravura, we had been in …

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Aug 17

6 Things You Should Never Do As The Parent Of A College Applicant

Some real good advice.  “They are on the cusp of living without you picking up their dirty socks from the floor. They need to know they can do this without you hovering….College admissions officers claim that they can usually tell if the essay wasn’t written by the student.” Click here to read more.

Aug 04

How To Raise An Adult Child by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Take a look at this very interesting and thought-provoking Q&A with the author of the book ,”How To Raise An Adult Child” by Julie Lythcott-Haims: “When do you stop cutting their meat?…All of a sudden I understood why 18-year-olds might be showing up a little bit more attached to mom or dad if these tiny …

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Jun 14

Should You Apply Early?

There are pros and cons to applying early to college. There isn’t one general answer to this question for everyone. When I work with high school students, we discuss what is the best answer for the particular student. However, there are some very good reasons that should be considered. This article discusses 4 Reasons To …

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Jun 07

Esteemed College Alumnus Writes Letter of Recommendation

I recently presented to Penn, Wharton and Cornell alumni who wanted to learn more about the college admission, application and essay process. Many questions came up, including the following. “We know someone who is an esteemed alumnus of College ABC. He offered to write a letter of recommendation for my son. Will this help him?” …

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Dec 15

Better Ways To Learn

“Does a good grade always mean a student has learned the material? And does a bad grade mean a student just needs to study more? Mr. Carey offers students old and young a new blueprint for learning based on decades of brain science, memory tests and learning studies. He upends the notion that “hitting the …

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Dec 08

The Key To Ivy League Admission…

“Ivy League admissions teams, like admissions teams at most elite colleges, share the following trait in common: an obsession with metrics in ascertaining candidate worthiness. If you come from a poor and minority home, where no one had ever achieved more than a high school diploma, there’s a positive score for that. If your insanely …

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