January 30, 2018

The encouraging NYTimes article below, written by an admissions counselor who was impressed by a student's simple politeness, didn't shock me.  Most of the students I work with, as well as my own kids, exhibit kindness. Isn't this how we raised them to act?...

January 20, 2018

When should test prep begin? There's no answer that serves every student. All students, however, would do well to take a diagnostic test at least a few months before beginning to prep.  The PSAT and Pre-ACT for 10th graders can gauge test success, but taking a full-len...

January 15, 2018

"Overall, I think this school was a right fit for me."

Alison wanted to apply Early Decision, but there were two schools she loved. After experiencing her first semester, she's satisfied with her choice. "As a freshman being in all introduction classes, I expected to ha...

January 10, 2018

I am thrilled that Dominick's first semester at Colby has gone so well. An outdoorsman dedicated to sustainability, an artist, and exceptional student, he was a natural for this hilltop Maine haven  with its wildlife preserve and enthusiasm for sports (especially winte...

January 9, 2018

From my colleagues at IECA, a great list of programs for the future engineer or anyone who would like to learn more about "how things work."  January is prime time to focus on summer programs; many require an application so it's smart to start looking as soon as possib...

January 7, 2018

I've reached out to many of last year's students to hear about their college experiences so far. My purpose is twofold-to make sure they are doing well, and to learn about what being a student at a given college is like. I can visit, talk to admissions reps, and resear...

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