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Scholarship Scams

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Now that applications are completed and submitted, many students will begin their other round of applications–for scholarships. This article in the Washington Post does a great job of explaining the many ways that students and families can get scammed.  It can begin as early as when the families fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA is […] [Read More]
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The GPA Game

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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]
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TMI (Too Much Information)

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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

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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

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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]

College Tour

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I had a wonderful weekend touring my alma mater, The University of Florida in Gainesville. I went down to Gainesville to work with a friend’s daughter on the college process and, of course, I spent time on the campus. My friend, also a UF Alum, and I walked the campus on a sunny day and […] [Read More]

Admissions Officers Starring in Videos Too

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Last week I wrote about high school seniors submitting a video of themselves as part of their application process. I had no sooner finished writing that blog than I came across this article in The Washington Post describing videos that colleges have put out that “demystify the application process”. This one from Centre College in […] [Read More]

Lights, Camera…Applications

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The college application essay has always been a source of stress for seniors–how to write something where the admissions committee can hear “your voice”. Well, now some admissions committees will be able to hear your actual voice. Over the past few years, some colleges have allowed, or even encouraged, students to submit a video of […] [Read More]

Hurry Up and Wait

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Happy New Year to all!  Now that January 1 has come and gone, so has a major college application deadline.  Although there are some colleges that are still accepting applications, a large number of colleges have a January 1 deadline that has now, thankfully, passed. Students have written and revised their essays and short answers […] [Read More]
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