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  • 2019 College Admission Influencers

    As the end of December nears, it is that moment when we take stock of the year that was. Time publishes the Person of the Year (you go Greta) and Oxford Dictionary identifies the Word of the Year (in 2019 it is the phrase “climate emergency”...I sense a trend). Meanwhile, there is no shortage of “best of” lists, including top stories, photos, songs, and movies. As we review the year, we ask what changed and who made it happen? There is no debating that 2019 was a rollercoaster of news, scandals, lawsuits, and controversy in college admission, but who were the most influential people in the field?...
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  • The College Admission Year In Review

    Every New Year’s Eve, my father poses a question. It is simply stated, but complex in response: 
    “What was the greatest advancement or change this year?”...
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  • The College Admission ‘Deadline’

    Let us begin with the premise that nobody is getting shot over their college application. Despite what some students may think, when one applies to college is not a matter of life or death. Still, as with many things in life, there are basic expectations and rules to follow....
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  • College Admission Decisions and Sympathetic Joy

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” At least that is what Andy Williams’ Christmas album has reminded us each December for decades. No matter what holiday you celebrate, it is hard to deny the cheer in the air this season. Something is exciting about unwrapping that first holiday present with joy—regardless of what is inside—simply because someone was thoughtful enough to share a gift with you. We are in an era when “unboxing videos” (yes it is a thing) and reveal parties are all the rage. Whether it's opening up a new iPhone, disclosing the birth gender of a baby, announcing a new job, or celebrating an engagement, a whole industry has emerged around anticipating surprises and sharing good news....
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  • College Admission Gratitude

    This fall I had the great fortune to present workshops about college admission throughout the country. I spoke with parents, students, teachers, administrators, counselors, admission deans, consultants and other educators about applying to college, character, athletic recruiting and writing. I was constantly inspired by the depth of experience and commitment to opportunity that I found in my travels. Though the messages and themes of each workshop differed, there was one common experience in each session: gratitude....
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