I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the words “COVID 19,” “coronavirus,” “pandemic,” “new normal,” and “pivot.” What I’m not tired of are masks and clean hands. These last 100 days+ have made us all rethink our lives. How we communicate, how we educate and most importantly, how we process such a life-altering situation.
Teenagers have it worse. They have so much on their plates given school, social media and hormones. Most of them are even more eager than the adults to have life go back to “normal.” This is partially to suppress the fact that they’re anxious, depressed and flat out confused...
College admissions offices are almost done with the class of 2020 and will quickly turn their attention to the class of 2021. When you and your child cannot visit in person, there are many ways to engage with the admission office via technology:
Parents, please share this with your kids:
Follow the colleges’ social media accounts (but make sure that YOUR accounts are clean first!)
#1 Subscribe to and comment on admission offices’ blogs.
#2 Sign up online for recruitment emails. This identifies you as a prospective student and puts your information in the college’s database.
#3 Open and, if appropriate, reply quickly to any emails you receive from colleges. Click through on the...
Want to play sports in college?
This week we're talking about how high school athletes can play college sports.
Ninth graders, you must have almost know what your core courses must be from ninth grade through twelfth grade. It is imperative that you find out as ninth graders what you need to do now in order to graduate with the necessary 16 courses that you need in order to play sports at the next level.
Tenth graders, please register at eligibilitycenter.org. This is a subset of the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and they need you to register with them if you plan to play sports in college.
Eleventh graders, if you haven't done so already, please register with...
Within the last year, more and more colleges and universities have dropped requirements for standardized tests. The ACT and the College Board, which is the SAT, have been around forever and they are cemented in how we think about college admissions and what schools are the best. As someone who did not test well as a teenager and someone works with students who have a range of scores, I am always conflicted about how to gauge or share information about these powerful pieces to the admissions puzzle.
I’m glad that many schools such as Trinity College in CT, Bucknell in Pennsylvania, Indiana University and many others are actually becoming test-optional and not requiring the tests, however, the...
People always ask me, "What are the things I need to think about each year, regarding the grade that my child is in?" So, I want to give you the information that you need for a 9th grader, 10th grader, 11th grader, and 12th grader. With that being said, I'm going to work backward.
Seniors, you're in 12th grade, you should be focusing on essays. Everything on your mind should be writing, writing, writing, typing, typing, typing, so that you can get your essays done in preparation to submit your application, if not now, then within the next 60 days. January 1st will come faster than you expect.
Juniors, you should be focusing on your standardized testing and visiting colleges. You want to expose...
I was recently asked a really good question from a parent that was interested in working with us. She asked me, "Would you be able to help my kid, even if he has really bad grades?" I said, "Absolutely." There are 3,500 colleges and universities throughout the country, if your son or daughter wants to go to college and they have bad grades, I don't want them to think that college is not a possibility for them.
I want to give you seven quick tips for you to consider if you have bad grades. The goal is not to get bad grades, but life happens. If you want to go to college, here's what you should do.