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Yearly Archive for 2011

: 2011

Scholarship Scams

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

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

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

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

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

College Tour

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

Admissions Officers Starring in Videos Too

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

Lights, Camera…Applications

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

Hurry Up and Wait

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