Brandeis University

Located 30 minutes outside of Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts, sits Brandeis University, housing just over 3,600 undergraduate students from 54 different countries. Boasting a fairly decent international population, you’ll find new experiences interacting with your classmates fairly easily! The university itself is fairly big and on a sunny October day, I was able to seeContinue reading “Brandeis University”

How to minimize the extras and get the best chance of admission

Usernames, passwords, application portals, emails, admission “insights” from your neighbor, a family member, friends, the “I heard if you do this…” and “colleges really want to see…” to-do lists, essays, deadlines, the decision to apply early or not, the decision to apply early decision or not, isn’t there a thing called a FAFSA? Thinking ofContinue reading “How to minimize the extras and get the best chance of admission”

Why My Grandfather was the Best College Counselor I Ever Had

As a new college admission season falls upon us, I am reminded daily of the power it brings. Hurling its way into my office in the shape of panic, anxiety and stress. A process packed with self-reflection, vulnerability and inevitable road blocks. A process that affects not only the student, but the family as aContinue reading “Why My Grandfather was the Best College Counselor I Ever Had”

2018-2019 Essay Prompts and Tips to Get You Started

Essays can be a key piece to your college application that not only allows an admission officer to get to know you beyond your academics, but help differentiate you from other applicants. Take a look at the 2018-2019 essay prompts below for the Common Application, UC Application and Coalition Application. Also check out a reallyContinue reading “2018-2019 Essay Prompts and Tips to Get You Started”

Keele University, The University of Birmingham + Resources for Studying Internationally

The last two universities on the Explore England college tour included two vastly different universities each with their own strengths. Keele University, tucked in the countryside reminded me of a small, liberal arts university. The campus itself is more medium size, but the student body population is pretty small surrounded by a ton of greenContinue reading “Keele University, The University of Birmingham + Resources for Studying Internationally”

The Secret to Finding AND Owning Your College List

If you are a rising Senior, you’re most likely (or will be very soon according to your mother who has been kindly reminding you) thinking about where you’ll be applying in the Fall to four-year universities. I give you major kudos. Because a few things may feel differently in today’s age. Like the fact thatContinue reading “The Secret to Finding AND Owning Your College List”

What to prioritize as the semester ends and be stronger for it in the college admission process

Now can seem like a pretty busy time as you finish out your semester and cram. AP Exams, setting up summer plans, wrapping up assignments and, oh ya, all of your existing extracurricular commitments. If you’re a Junior you are well underway, or at least making plans to take an SAT or ACT and haveContinue reading “What to prioritize as the semester ends and be stronger for it in the college admission process”

College Admission Decisions Not What You Expected? Read This.

“…the truth is you HAVEN’T lost that much. But what you have gained…well…we have yet to see.”  If you spent one day…one day…asking each adult you came across about their life and how they got to where they are today, you would find a varying degree of small, powerful stories. Maybe surprising stories. Maybe storiesContinue reading “College Admission Decisions Not What You Expected? Read This.”

Touring George Mason University

This week kicked off in Fairfax Virginia with a tour of George Mason University. Noted as a tier 1 research institution, this newer college (in the world of colleges that is) is something to be reckoned with. George Mason boasts top programs including Computer Engineering, Criminology and Law, Cyber Security, Visual/Performing Arts and an HonorsContinue reading “Touring George Mason University”

Tomorrow’s ACT and a few words of advice

I wrote a post on the SAT and test-taking tips, words of encouragement and the weight of the SAT. A student pointed out to me that it would only be fair to write one on the ACT…and he was correct! So here it goes… To all of my students who have set their alarm toContinue reading “Tomorrow’s ACT and a few words of advice”