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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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 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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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, as I have heard statements to that effect at other college campuses, granted ones that even within…

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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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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. Exhale. Repeat, Lesley Alderman writes that controlled breathing, as it is called, is a stress reliever. Now…

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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 mix, often scrunched into the two months of September and October in order to meet early deadlines….

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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 broached the subject of summer camp, as I know that a lot of counselors advise students against…

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A Proposed New Course of Study

I just finished reading an article in the Wall Street Journal by Roger Kimball. Yes, it was in yesterday’s Journal (August 8), so I am a little behind. But what he says certainly is up to date (although please don’t take this blog as a sign of agreement with the ultimate point of his essay)….

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