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It hasn’t quite been a full year for me as a college counselor, but with the school year drawing to a close (20 school days til graduation!), it’s time to look back on how my ’til “freshman year” on the …

The Mad Dash to May 1

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When I worked in admissions, the only thing that got me through countless admitted student events all spring was the countdown to one thing: MAY 1. Now that I’m on the high school side, I don’t have that same feeling …

You’ve heard it.  I’ve heard it. Maybe we’ve both even said it. “College is the best four years of your life!”  Lately, I’ve begun to question the validity of this statement, especially since it’s used in broad terms without much …

Finding Your Passion (of the Moment)

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We have recently begun meeting with juniors to discuss their hopes and dreams for college, and I’m finding that their hopes and dreams can change more often than their clothes.  This is to be expected, but it’s interesting to see …

This may sound like the intro to a bad comedy bit, but what’s the deal with teenagers and procrastination?  As a reformed procrastinator myself, I get it.  It’s tough to juggle school demands, a social life, extracurricular activities, and maybe …

Twas the Night Before a Deadline

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The holiday season is upon us, which means wearing sweaters, attending festive parties, watching cheesy holiday shows and movies, and, the best part, enjoying a winter break!  I know I am looking forward to some time away from school and …

My calendar alert from early October. Emphasis on early.
My calendar alert from early October. Emphasis on early.

Fall is a crazy and hectic time of year in the world of both college admission and high school counselors.  I remember feeling like I put my life on hold each …

Doggy Distraction

Fall is officially here and college counselors are in the thick of the busiest time of the year.  Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are looming, parents are becoming more anxious, and the amount of recommendation letters we need to …

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Back to School

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“Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight!”

Although a quote from Billy Madison may not seem like …

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Taking the Plunge

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After 5+ years working in college admissions, I found myself at a crossroads.  Do I continue working with students as an admission counselor or do I take a risk and follow my dream of becoming a college counselor?  I decided …