Ideas for Summer Break

College Planning
There are so many ways for high school students to engage in summer activities that can have a huge impact on them personally, and on a college or university admission…
Do Waitlisted Students Get Accepted

Do Waitlisted Students Get Accepted

College Planning
You anxiously await your college application responses and for many students, you receive the response that you have been waitlisted. What in the world does that mean? I’m not accepted…
Sophomore College Checklist

Sophomore College Checklist

College Planning
The college selection and application process is a journey that starts during your early high school years. Picking a college is going to be the biggest decision you will most…
College Visit

College Visit Checklist

College Planning
Are you getting ready to visit colleges in person or plan on “visiting” them virtually? Wondering how you approach and prepare for this? As with so many things in life,…
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.

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College Planning Timeline

College Planning
Are you in high school, and starting to prepare for your college search? The steps and the order of the steps of the college planning process can be very confusing. …
College Athlete Timeline

College Athlete Timeline

College Planning
Are you in high school preparing to apply to college as a college athlete? Are you confused about the steps and the order of those steps in the college planning…
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…
Justifying Mediocrity

Justifying Mediocrity

You Can Make Excuses You can make excuses for how you can justify mediocrity, that its everyone else’s or something else’s fault. Here’s the point, though, settling for mediocrity, whatever…
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…
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…
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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.

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The $37,000 Latte – Is it Worth it?

College Planning

Living for the moment and craving immediate satisfaction may have some merit under certain circumstances but when it comes to your money, planning and looking down the road can have immense benefits.

Overused College Admissions Terms

College Planning
Overused College Admissions Terms from Those That Live It Every Day Holistic, passion, well-rounded, fit….I could go on and on and finally there is an article written about putting these…

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.

Elite College Admissions: The Inner Workings

College Planning

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…

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Get-Organized

Get Organized

College Planning

I love organization! It is one of the pillars of how I run my life, or I should say what I can’t live without.

College Sports Scholarship

College Sports Scholarships

College Planning

What is the fine print? What kind of schedule will you have to adhere to? What grades MUST, MUST, MUST you have to get so you can stay in their scholarship program?

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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.

Rising Juniors

Rising Juniors

College Planning

You’re about to embark on one of the greatest experiences of your life! The time between Sophomore Year and Junior Year is special.

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.

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.

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Timelines, and Why We Love Them

College Planning

The Mayans were on to something when they came up with a calendar. Maybe they had to make sure they made the proper amount of sacrifices to the gods. Or maybe they had a kid getting ready for college.

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College Process: Do It Together

College Planning
College Process: Do It Together Some parents feel that their high school student should brunt the load in their college process. Make the calls, do the research, take the initiative.…

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.

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.

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Checklist for College Visits

College Planning

If you are going to take the time and effort to go visit a college, being sure that you gather all the information necessary to understand if that college is a good fit for you is important.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.