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The Importance of Reading

One of the questions I often ask students is “do you like to read?” and the response I get is “well, if the story is interesting, I will read it” or “I don’t really like to read.” These same students will spend hours upon hours studying/practicing/cramming for TOEFL/SSAT/ SAT and not be readers. Frequently, these same students do not have strong language skills. More importantly, it is these students who want to go to the US to study in either boarding school or university, where, mind you, students will read, read read!

When I was little, in middle school my best …

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The Calm Before the Results

Your hard work is done, the tests taken, the essays written, the interviews conducted and now the anxiety of waiting for the results of all that hard work. Waiting is the hardest part of the application process – no matter what kind of school you are focusing on attending boarding school or university.

The wait… sometimes excruciating! It gets even worse when friends around you have already learned some of their results. I know, sometimes you just want it all to be over – your current school as you look ahead to the excitement of new friends, new campuses. Sometimes you …

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The Chinese Conundrum

Driving to work this morning I was pondering a statement that I often hear when working with Chinese families – “there are too many Chinese students at that school!” As I thought about that and other comments parents say, “it is too competitive” or “I only want my child to go to X” or even “if my child goes to an unknown school how will they be able to come back to China to work?” These and other statements flow along similar lines and the fact of the matter is – Yes! There are lots of Chinese students, everywhere! In …

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What in the World?

I have been sitting staring at my computer for over an hour, well actually several hours, truth be told, trying to figure out what to write about. I have thought about writing about boarding school admissions and then boarding school admissions, and then about hiring an IECA consultant (one of the several organizations I belong to) and many other topics. Just a moment ago I watch a short video on Tip Hero called If You Were Born in the 60’s. 70’s, or 80’s. It came to me – What is the world is wrong?

When I was watching the …

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Coalition of What?

The other day a colleague asked me about my opinion of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success. I found myself feeling like I do when I think of The Donald (Trump), angry and upset. Partly due to the lack of preparation the Coalition put into thinking deeply about the problems with the system – speaking generally about an issue, which is deeply ingrained from lofty heights but unable to truly assess the problem. But more importantly, the completely missed the point of their endeavor – to provide a simple solution access to underserved and underprivileged students. What they have …

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