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  • Derryfield faculty work with students to refine their messages for college essays.

    College Apps: How to Stand Out in Eight Minutes

    A recent Wall Street Journal article on the lightning fast pace at which college admission decisions are made at competetive schools today featured Derryfield senior Caleb Richmond and advice from Director of College Counseling Brennan Barnard. Derryfield students put a lot of time and effort into a college essay that reflects who they are as candidates, and they receive a lot of guidance from Barnard and faculty advisors on how to make their essays stand out from the crowd. Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal or below....
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  • Getting (with)in: College, Acceptance and the New Year

    Brennan Barnard
    The new year is here, and with it, resolution season: our chance to kick a habit, be kinder, pursue a new interest, dedicate ourselves to a cause, hit the gym, the list goes on and on. As the calendar resets, it is an opportunity to start anew and to imagine what might be different. Over the years, my resolutions have run the gamut from concrete commitments like learning to play guitar or getting more sleep, to less tangible aspirations such as finding more joy each day....
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  • College Admission “Festivus”

    Brennan Barnard
    College counselors who work in secondary schools, and college admission officers who represent universities, are by and large affable people. We are in this field not because we revel in being “gatekeepers,” but because we love students and deeply value education and the opportunities it brings. Conversations at professional conferences are typically wide-ranging, entertaining and passionate; from football to politics; from travels to cooking; from The Simpsons to Stranger Things....
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  • College Admission Disappointment: A Parents’ Guide to the Holidays

    I can viscerally remember the excitement leading up to Christmas day as a child. My wish list to Santa would be drawn up and refined well before the first snowflake fell. Inevitably there were big-ticket items that I dreamed of, and even though I was aware of my slim odds of receiving these gifts on Christmas morning, the anticipation and hope always lingered just the same. I lacked the ability to manage my expectations to the extent that by Christmas dinner, I would often slip into a deep funk, despite the many wonderful gifts I had received. Somewhere in the excitement and yearning, I had lost perspective and overlooked the meaning of the tradition....
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  • The College Communication Disconnect

    In a recent collaborative piece with Rick Clark, director of undergraduate admission at Georgia Tech, for The Washington Post, Derryfield's Director of College Counseling Brennan Barnard explores how messages from colleges can be misinterpreted or lost in translation by college applicants....
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