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 – but also a more encouraging story called, Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain. The…

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First Lines: Great Ways to Start a Personal Essay

If I had my druthers (now when was the last time you heard that word?), I’d spend the summer sitting on a covered porch watching the parade of sail boats in the Long Island Sound. They may just be a line of student sailors in small sail boats but, oh, what a pretty picture they…

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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 in an article in Business Insider by Abby Jackson. It’s the tale of a California student, Ross…

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What’s New in the Common Application? A Brief Outline

A Little Bit of Background * 4.5 million applications were submitted last year, with an average of 4.8 per applicant. 22 million recommendations were submitted. * Top states for students who submitted the Common Application last year were New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Ten percent of submissions were from international students. What’s New:…

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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 to do the latter. And something that Thomas Friedman wrote about a golf game and leadership resonated….

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Inside the Common Application Essay Prompts 2017-2018

On February 6, 2017, the Common Application released its essay prompts for the coming application season – and there are changes afoot! Two prompts have been added, and one, the return of a Topic of Your Choice question, is sure to be lauded by education professionals. The language in three of the prompts also has…

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For Richer, For Poorer

Do you want to get an idea of who’s studying at your college or alma mater, at least based on income? Well, the New York Times has put together a chart showing the results of a recent study comparing colleges in terms of percentage of students in the top 1% vs. the bottom 60% of…

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It’s a New Year! Now What Do I Do?

Happy New Year! If you are a junior, it’s time to get serious about thinking about college. What should you be doing? Here’s a handy checklist: ✔ Create a list of colleges that are of interest and do your research online. Then plan on visiting some of them. Many high schools are on break around…

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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 elderly uncle, a gentleman in his 90s, had fallen and broken his pelvis. Fortunately, he did not…

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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 even more abuse? – and on the other side – How do we “accommodate” for learning differences…

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