Senior Checklist Part 1

Seniors Parents Read This! — Senior Checklist Part 1 – Early September

If you are the parent of a senior in high school, there’s a good chance that you’re sweating. There’s a lot to do and there’s a lot of stress.  …

Why Getting into the U of Michigan is Harder than Ever

Why Getting into the U of Michigan is Harder than Ever

The University of Michigan has always been hot. I get it: great academic resources, tremendous alumni network and of course, amazing arts and athletics to make the overall “ra-ra” essential…

The-Deferral-Dilemma

The Deferral Dilemma

The Deferral Dilemma Part of me hates it when our students get deferred in December. Having applied to a school as an Early Decision or Early Action candidate, I am…

Veteran's Day To Do's for Seniors

Veteran’s Day To Do’s for Seniors

Veteran’s Day is Friday, and I salute my dad, uncles, cousin and any other men and women across our country who have served and sacrificed for my freedom. Without my…

The "Why This College" Essay is More Important Than the Personal Statement

The “Why This College” Essay is More Important Than the Personal Statement

Across to country, many seniors are realizing that the college application process is real and upon them. It’s a terrifying and exciting time to be in the 12th grade. As…

It's Called a Personal Essay So Make It PERSONAL!!!

It’s Called a “Personal Essay” so make it PERSONAL!!!!

College essays can stress people out. Students and parents alike often want the “personal essay” statement to be a summary about a teenager’s entire life. Or they want it to…

Does Contacting a Professor Help with Admissions?

Does Contacting a Professor Help with Admissions?

I get this question all time, and there is no blanket “yes” or “no”’answer. Different schools have different relationships with their faculty. Most professors have little impact on the decisions…

Your Child Does NOT Have to Write a Personal Statement Now

Your Child Does NOT Have to Write a Personal Statement Now

It’s easy writing time for seniors. Everywhere you go, someone is talking about the college essay and what’s a good topic. Parents spend hours in Barnes and Noble and read books…

Your Child Does NOT Have to Write a Personal Statement Now

How Much Independence Should Parents Give Their Kids in the Admissions Process?

I get this question a lot, especially from moms and dads who have not historically helped their kids with homework in high school. Parents who have trusted their kids for…

Should Seniors Visit Colleges in the Summer-

Should Seniors Visit Colleges in the Summer?

Seniors should not ideally visit colleges in the summer, as they are deserts in June and July, and mostly all you will see are summer students, high school summer programs…