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The GPA Game

As an Independent Educational Consultant, I am often asked about what the colleges are really looking for. “Does not having community service hurt my son in admissions?” “Will one poor grade kill my daughter’s chances at Wedontwant U?”  “How many extra-curricular activities do I need?” The answers to these questions and more will be discussed […] [Read More]
Categories: General

TMI (Too Much Information)

I recently read that the Common Application has decided NOT to add additional questions asking students about their sexual orientation or gender identity. As the kids would say, OMG! Who would have even thought that this was being considered? College Applications, of which the Common App is the most well known, currently ask a lot […] [Read More]

College Applications are Up

The NY Times “The Choice” blog headline for Jan. 31 is “Applications Rise (Yet Again) at Dozens of Selective Colleges”. This should come as a surprise to no one who follows college admissions. The hype that surrounds college admissions is just this side of hysterical.  And, as I already predicted in my December 21 blog, […] [Read More]

The Piano Bar and the Instant News Cycle

As soon as I read the story, I planned to write about the “Piano Bar” for this week’s blog. That was the name that the press decided best fit the mystery piano that suddenly appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay. After a few days of speculation as to who left it there and why, […] [Read More]