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Skip to 10:15 in the video. Reinvention also means the death of something and the resurrection of something from the past but then a creation of something that never existed before, a whole mindset that never existed before. Dr. Deepak Chopra As we all continue putting one foot in front of the other, walking our …


Paying for College…Before College

Parents, no matter their net worth, readily take risks, if they believe their children will benefit. And, the risks parents will take know no bounds—as seen in those facing federal prison trying to guarantee a college admissions to those who go into debt to pay for extra-curricular activities. However, why are parents so willing to take …


The University of California Unveiled Brand New Application Essay Prompts

In Fall 2016, both freshman and transfer applicants to the University of California (UC) will choose from brand new writing prompts when composing the required personal application statements.  After ten years, the UC has retired their previous two essay prompts. With annually record-breaking numbers of applicants—which increases the selectivity in admissions—admissions officers are seeking a fuller understanding …


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Preparing for college admissions doesn’t have to begin at conception… Cartoon courtesy of The New Yorker Related PostsAhead of the Curve: January 5, 2014 Ahead of the Curve: June 14, 2014 Choosing a College for Job Potential in Its Location



Yes.  The reasons for completing community service matters… Cartoon credit: The New Yorker Magazine Related PostsThe Returns on Writing College Essays The “Muddy” Side of Learning Adverbial Perils


Ahead of the Curve: February 7, 2014

From Our Clients: SAT and ACT Prep: Each day, I talk with at least one parent concerned that their kid is not doing enough preparation for the SAT or ACT, who asks for advice how to motivate their kid to practice SAT and ACT questions.  For most teens, the intention to prepare for the SAT …


College Admissions Can Seemingly Provoke More Questions Than Answers

Questions abound when parents and students are moving through the college admissions process, especially when everyone has a story to tell about who got in where and the media reports the falling admit rates at selective universities around the country, as well as annually rising college tuition and increasing average student loan amounts.   A …

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Choosing Extra-curricular Activities When There’s No Magic Formula for College Admissions

Unfortunately for college applicants, there is no magic, straightforward formula for earning an acceptance in the college admissions process. Since the evaluation for college admissions is completed by human beings, about other human beings, in an environment with yearly increasing numbers of applicants who excel and exceed the requirements for admissions, subjectivity in decision making …


Sleep, More Sleep and Summer Camp: A Teen’s Summer Vacation Agenda

The months long stretch of unscheduled summer vacation can be enticing to both teens and their parents.  For teens, the idea of sleeping in until afternoon and no pressure about daily homework assignments is enthralling.  For parents, summer can be an unrestricted time to explore other academic interests and hobbies.  (And, in fairness, for teens …


Extracurricular Activities & College Admissions

Many high school students and their parents ask me, “Am I (or is my son/daughter) doing enough activities?”  Enough is the key word in the question, as well as an unquantifiable amount that is one of the indicators that college admissions can be an art and subjective.  Parents and students over the years have begun …


Parents & The College Application

Ok.  It’s true.  The senior will be the one actually attending college.   The senior will be the one ultimately writing and submitting her/his college applications.  And, at the same time, seniors are qualified and competitive for college, as a result of working with their parents over the years.   (Think: mom and dad’s taxi service …


The Ups & Downs of Being Well-Rounded

As freshmen and sophomores in high school, college admissions is focused on being eligible for application.  The academic classes that need completing (also known as A-G requirements for the UC & CSU systems), as well as extracurricular activities that are included in any college application means that most applicants are going to start looking the …


Fail to Succeed?

Steve Jobs on Failure: I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter into one …


Generation Y: Change Agent or Loafing Youth?

“More American Idle than American Idol” is how The Economist (January 3-9, 2009) described the current generation of young adults born in the 1980’s and 1990’s, known as Generation Y.   Is this a fair assessment? Related PostsTwas A Winter Break to Remember Campus “Vibe” vs. Academics: Why College Selection Takes the Whole Family “I Forgot …


Imagination is Not Just for Kids

“If your boy is a poet, horse manure can only mean flowers to him; which is, of course, what horse manure has always been about.” –Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine Children see the world through their own eyes.  What are we adults doing to nurture their view?  And, where, if anywhere, are we not nurturing?  What can …