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The Way I See It: The Seasoned Professional

The Way I See It: The Seasoned Professional

By Amy Hammer It is safe to say that the role of an admission counselor serves the purpose of guiding students toward a college education to, ultimately, pursue a career based on their passions, life aspirations, and general interests. Ironically,...
College Admissions: A Lesson in History

College Admissions: A Lesson in History

The first in a series of posts dedicated to a deeper-than-usual dive into the college admissions process. By Jenny Umhofer       How to get into Harvard in 3 easy steps, 300 years ago: Read Virgil and Cicero in...
A Plea Against Ghostwriting the College Essay

A Plea Against Ghostwriting the College Essay

Recently, I have traveled to schools, college fairs, libraries, and many homes to help kids with their college applications, including their college application essays and/or personal statements. While I brainstorm essay topics with them and provide some guiding...
Government Relations Update

Government Relations Update

I’m sure many you are aware of the July 7 UC Santa Cruz “accept/rescind” letters that went to many of this fall’s first year students.  There was great frustration and very little transparency about why this happened.  Considerable time was...
Rental Car Shaming

Rental Car Shaming

At this point, many admission counselors are living out of their cars.  You start off with the best of intentions, saying you’ll throw out every coffee cup and water bottle after each visit and even keep a Target bag in …