How to manage high school and applying to college…as sane as you possibly can

Deadlines, to-do lists, homework, lack of sleep, oh ya…friends, social media, reminders from Mom, writer’s block on your college essay, missing your alarm, running late to class, studying for your Gov quiz on the way to school, not eating super well, checking that Insta story, went to bed at 2:00 a.m., almost to your zeroContinue reading “How to manage high school and applying to college…as sane as you possibly can”

How to research and apply to colleges with ease

You have access to more information than ever before. You literally have a computer in your pocket. Your phone. And within seconds you can look up colleges, majors, SAT/ACT averages, read through blogs, gather tips, tour a college, call an admissions office, apply for scholarships, get tips on the application itself and, well, pretty muchContinue reading “How to research and apply to colleges with ease”

How to know if you should consider more SAT/ACT testing in the Fall

Fall semester senior year is a space to tie up testing before your college applications. It can be difficult to know how to best finalize your testing. Do I take subject exams? Should I take the ACT one more time? When is the last test date I can take my exams in time for myContinue reading “How to know if you should consider more SAT/ACT testing in the Fall”

How College Admission is Suffocating our Students

Across my desk sits a picture painted of unrealistic expectations. Anxiousness and self-doubt. Ideals of what success should look like. An all or nothing mentality. An average student who feels like a failure. An AP student who lacks hours of sleep and is barely holding it together. A student in love with soccer who quitsContinue reading “How College Admission is Suffocating our Students”

London International Conference: Exploring King’s College, University College London, London School of Economics, Imperial College & SOAS

This past week I participated in the London International Counselor’s Conference. Five institutions boasting heavy-hitting renowned programs all within the bustling metropolis of London made up the tour. The enchantment of London is something my Los Angeles students can relate to, or anyone for that matter who has grown up in a big city, orContinue reading “London International Conference: Exploring King’s College, University College London, London School of Economics, Imperial College & SOAS”

Exploring College Options with My Fave Resources

There’s literally thousands of colleges across the country AND international options that are pretty accessible too. How do you start? Here are a few of my go-to resources that can help narrow down a list of colleges that not only meet but exceed your expectations. How? Well when you devote research…true honest research…not only doContinue reading “Exploring College Options with My Fave Resources”

The One Video Every Parent & Educator Needs to Watch

As a counselor time and time again I’ve recommended a book titled How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haimes. A book about the perils our students face because of over-involved, over-managed and over-scheduled lives. Our students have never been more intelligent. They have never had more access to information. They have also never been more anxious and stressed. And don’t forgetContinue reading “The One Video Every Parent & Educator Needs to Watch”

Your Game Plan for Crushing the New Year + Prepping for College Along the Way

Resolutions, resolves, to-do lists, fresh starts, reminiscing, planning or just recovering from the holiday season. Ya, it’s a lot. And by the way, school starts back up fairly soon if not already. So maybe you’re hitting the snooze button more than the books, BUT it’s okay, because there are a few easy things you canContinue reading “Your Game Plan for Crushing the New Year + Prepping for College Along the Way”

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.”

PSAT Scores What You Need to Know

PSAT scores will be available on CollegeBoard starting the week of December 10th. If you’re a Junior, I am sure you just tensed up a little bit. Take a breath. The best way to navigate the college admission process is to arm yourself with information…the correct information and necessary information. This process can be aContinue reading “PSAT Scores What You Need to Know”