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Indie Scene: On the Road

Indie Scene: On the Road

On the road: southward bound on Route 89, I believe, gearing up for day three of the Consortium of Vermont Colleges tour. After two days of ice-breaking, trying to get to know some of these great traveling companions, I somehow …
Indie Scene: On the Road

Indie Scene: the What and the How

I was thinking about how I spend my working time. At this point in my practice and in this school year, I would estimate that about 70% of my time goes to working on my own, and about 30% goes …
Indie Scene: On the Road

Indie Scene: Handle with Care

I spent a lot of time yesterday afternoon with a completely new student—nearly two hours, doing everything I could to get to know him. His mother hired me because she feels completely left in the dark: she’s from another country …
Indie Scene: Communication Times are A-changing

Indie Scene: Communication Times are A-changing

It’s interesting how much an individual’s personality sometimes seems to clash with his or her communication patterns. Especially with teenagers. One girl I’m working with comes to mind. I haven’t known her all that long—maybe a month and a half...
Indie Scene: Communication Times are A-changing

Indie Scene: Boundaries, People

I was having coffee today with a colleague who does college counseling at a high school not too far away. She’s a new-ish friend, new at her school, and with only intermittent turns into “getting to know you” subject matter, …
Indie Scene: Trial by Fire

Indie Scene: Trial by Fire

So many college essays in my brain right now. Ugh, words. More writing. No. What a surreal process, for everyone involved. For many families, this seems like the point in the process where they’re expecting to see the product that …