Marcia and Jacqueline from Goshen, NY, are fraternal twins – but are nothing alike. Marcia is more to the point, open and upfront with a bubbly personality and Jacqueline is more reserved and sophisticated, a thinker, and subdued. They both enjoy the arts, but in different ways: Marcia in fashion design and Jacqueline an accomplished dancer.
Elise is a young lady full of life. She is exuberant and is always a glass-half-full kind of person, a true joy to be around. She is positive and always finds the good in people. Elise is an only child who is independent, boisterous, and someone who speaks her mind. You always know where you stand with her.
Eric, from Beacon, NY, came to me the summer before his senior year after doing an extensive amount of research on college counselors in the Hudson Valley region (yes, all on his own!) and I was fortunate that he and his family decided to work with me in helping him through his college admissions journey.
Selecting a college is a multi-faceted task. It is more than just a question of public versus private, private versus state school, comparative GPAs, and admissions requirements. If you are a high school sophomore or junior, now is time to begin your college search.
Wondering whether you should report your disciplinary incident on your college applications?
If you are thinking of hiring a college counselor to assist with your daunting college admissions journey, below are 10 questions you should ask to assess if they have the credentials and experience to do so.
In light of the horrendous news about 50 people attempting to cheat the system, resorting to bribery and other means to get their children accepted into their college of choice, it’s important to highlight the ethics standards of IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association.
Of course, let’s start with the perks. Some potential merit aid that lowers your cost of going to school, smaller classes just for honors students, more faculty and advisors dedicated just for you, dorm with fellow honors peers in nicer housing, more international study opportunities, and maybe even priority registration, just to name a few.
Every year there are hundreds of thousands of students applying to our most selective higher education institutions with the hopes that they will be accepted along with this elite group of students and become a legacy, potentially solidifying for them…
Seth Godin’s blog, “The problem with forced rankings”, outlines with great substance and clarity that rankings are not the end all gauge, by any stretch, for judging anything, leave alone your college choices.
During your college search, cover all of your bases when asking yourself “What do I want (and need) out of my college experience?” As my seniors have all decided where they will attend this Fall, my juniors are deep into deciphering which colleges are for them.
Do Well in School Be Nice Find Your Passion: When I’m asked “What more can my child do to round out their resume” I always say, do what you enjoy and you will do more of it. Don’t feel that you have to check off all of the boxes, thinking that is the magic ticket to gain acceptance to your school of choice.
It’s that time of year. All students have received a response from the schools that they applied to, accepted, declined or the infamous “You have been placed on our waiting list”. What does this mean? Will I still get into my dream school? The answer is, it depends, but, if you opt for putting yourself on their waitlist, there are actions you can take to show your interest and improve your chances.
A significant topic of discussion is, and should be, financial aid. You would be surprised how many students and parents hesitate at that, maybe too proud, not wanting to deal with the realities, or the desire to go to a particular school is so great that dollars aren’t even discussed, until late in the game.
What will my salary be when I graduate from college?
I sit here, as I do each year, reflecting on the experiences with all the families I helped through their college journey. There’s no better feeling in the world.