And Now Some Practical Advice

T’is the season to start the application process, whether you are applying to boarding school or universities. By this time, you should have a pretty clear idea of the schools you are planning to apply to, aside from those elusive test scores need to solidify your goals (notice I don’t use “dream”). Along with the “season” comes many other tasks to be accomplished – school for one (and it should be the #1 priority), preparing for those pesky tests, writing essays, getting teacher recommendations, completing the actual forms and finalizing your list

Here are a couple of things to remember.

As mentioned, …

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The Agony of Essay Mistakes

As an educational consultant and college advisor for the last twenty some odd years one of my main jobs is to read, edit and comment on student’s essays. This is perhaps one of the most interesting parts of my job but it can also be the most frustrating.


When I am working with a student on their essays our first task is to brainstorm ideas – find that one event or several tied events that bring light to a student; information that would otherwise not be found in an application. Once the topic has been decided I send the student off …

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So, What About That Coalition? An Initial Reaction to the International ACAC Webinar

Having just finished two International ACAC webinars as a panelist on the Coalition, more questions were raised than were answered. While there is concern about the mere existence of a new platform and what it will mean for counselors, students and the overall application process, there seems to be a greater concern about the communication, timing and roll out of the concept.


One of the main reasons the Coalition came together, it has been said, where the concerns about the roll out of the Common Application several years ago, that the Common Application rushed the process and was not completely ready …

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It’s About Testing – Rant to follow

Just the other day Reuters, the news agency, posted an article about SAT and how College Board knowingly recycled tests in China and that, despite increased security measures, even the new Revised SAT will be compromised. Last year, the Chinese version of Newsweek, posted an article about how a reporter was able to purchase online a mechanism that held answers to the TOEFL test. ETS has amazing security, from voice recognition to using students’ photos to identify the test taker.

When the Reuters article broke there was a immediate backlash from counselors around China. Personally, I stated that I was both …

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Decisions, Decisions – The Wait List

Boarding school and university decisions have been coming in of late creating a level joy, worry and sadness. It is a complex time for students seeking admission to a new school no matter where that may be. Along with all the letters that are in a flurry, there also exist feelings of expectation, hopes and dreams. Emotional overload can and does play havoc on all in the application process.

Let’s talk about one set of decisions that create the most curiosity – The Wait List. This is the one reply that leaves every student in limbo – neither good nor bad …

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