How to Begin College Search

How to Begin College Search

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.

Read More
Money trumps all

Money Trumps All

College Planning
The inside scoop on what college admissions really want. The craziness has begun and those highly selective colleges have released their first set of responses, mostly early decision, as students…
Read More
College Admission Interview

College Admission Interview

College Planning
Don’t ever underestimate how important preparation is for anything, but specifically for your college admission interview. Please Tell Me About Yourself In my experience with college admission interviews, the applicants…
Read More
College Interview Season Is Here

College Interview Season

College Planning
College Interview Season Is Here College interview season is almost upon us and you need to be ready! “What are your strengths?” “What are your challenges?” These two questions may…
Read More
Main-Image-for-Feeling-Incompetent-post

Feeling Incompetent?

College Planning

Difficulty accompanies growth and feeling incompetent is a part of this very important process. If you never feel incompetent you can’t grow. Seth Godin states this succinctly and eloquently where it all makes sense.

Read More

Challenge Yourself and Enjoy the Perks at an Honors College

College Planning

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.

Read More
College Interview

College Interview

College Planning

Breathing a sigh of relief when your college interview is over with? When the interview is done, you and the college admissions rep will shake hands no doubt, and he or she will escort you out.

Read More
Is College for Me

Is College for Me?

College Planning

So, he went, begrudgingly. Then, he graduated and immediately went to work at an auto shop where he happily repaired cars and made a great salary. After learning the business side of the operation, he opened his own successful auto repair shop.

Read More
Do Well in School, Be Nice

Do Well in School, Be Nice and Find Your Passion

College Planning

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.

Read More
college waiting list

College Waiting List

College Planning

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.

Read More
College-Admissions-Requirements

College Admissions Requirements

College Planning

Oh no!! I needed one more year of Latin? A good habit to get into when visiting college websites, or the colleges themselves, is to familiarize yourself with their high school and college admissions requirements.

Read More
College Visit Road Trip

College Visit Road Trip

College Planning

That’s exactly what you have to do for a college road trip – when you pile into the car, onto the bus, or board the plane, you’ve prepared, you know what you’ll need to ask and what to see.

Read More

To Do Lists and Why We LOVE them!

College Planning

Sometimes you have to think about choosing a college the same as if you were building a house. You wouldn’t just start nailing the wood together, right? So, you don’t go into the college admissions process without a plan. The plan is also known as the To Do List.

Read More

College Admissions Consultant

College Planning

After completing my certificate in College Admissions Counseling through UCLA, I began my practice, Signature College Counseling. I am a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), have guided over 200 families, and fully enveloped as a college admissions consultant, bringing students and colleges together.

Read More
Graduating College in Six Years

Graduating College in Six Years

College Planning

“6 is The New 4” What does this mean, you ask? The “Four-Year-Myth” of students graduating with a 4-year degree is very real and you will see most colleges recite their graduation rates in 6 years vs. 4.

Read More

College Path

College Planning

This NY Times article is a must read and something I have been communicating to my students and families for years. Honors colleges at public universities are an option that should be strongly considered as an option for those high achieving students that are potentially considering the highly selective university route. The experience you can have going down this path can be incredibly fulfilling and shouldn’t be put to the side.

Read More
College Benefits

Dear Graduate, Here’s How to Get in the Game

College Planning

Jack Welch always has great advice and this one doesn’t fall short for our college graduates who are searching for a job. At a time when finding the quickest way to do things seems to be the norm, preparing for a job interview takes more time than any test you studied for in college. 2 primary takeaways for me are: know the company inside and out that you are interviewing with and listen to your parents.

Read More
College Application Deadline

College Timeline

College Planning

Summer: • Visit Colleges • Decide where to Apply • Letters of recommendation • Write essay(s), Sept/Oct: • Visit Colleges • Take Standardized Tests • Decide where to Apply • Letters of recommendation • Write essay(s) • Applications submitted

Read More

College Planning: Top Ten Tips

College Planning

Top 10 Tips for College Planning
1. The start is scarier than the finish. If you fail to plan you will plan to fail.
2. There is a college for everyone. Define your needs, personally, academically, professionally and socially to allow for the best college match possible.

Read More

How to Survive the College Admissions Madness

College Planning

This NY Times Op Ed article is incredibly appropriate for the seniors who are receiving their final responses to all the colleges that they applied to as well as any other high school student who will be applying to college in the next round of college application season. I tell all of my students, don’t let your college responses define you.

Read More

Little College Guidance: 500 High School Students Per Counselor

College Planning

Many of my clients tell me that they are concerned about how much attention their guidance counselor can provide for their college admissions journey. I always let them know that expectations of our guidance counselors may be too high given the number of students they have to manage, leave alone the other responsibilities they have other than college counseling.

Read More