Monthly Archives: September 2015

Adventurous YOU!

A student recently asked me how she should approach making new friends when she goes off to college.  In my role as an independent educational consultant, I don’t consider my work complete when clients get their acceptance letters.  I spend … Continue reading

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Recommendations are Highly Recommended: PART 2

Fine Tune Your Recommendations If you think of teacher and counselor recommendations as being outside your control, you are missing a BIG opportunity. Although you won’t see what your recommenders submit on your behalf, you are most certainly able to … Continue reading

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Recommendations are Highly Recommended: PART 1

Count how many times I use some form of the word “recommend” in this blog entry! Two teacher recommendations are requested by most colleges, in addition to one from your high school counselor. The purpose of these recommendations is to … Continue reading

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Show You’re Interested

Anything you can do to separate yourself from the pack of college applicants will work to your advantage. One area that many prospective college students overlook is Demonstrated Interest. How will your target schools know you are interested in attending … Continue reading

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Applying the Lessons I Learned at Harvard Business School to the College Application Process

The College Application Process is Like Building a Business or Selling a Product Once you submit your application, regional admissions officers will read your application which, for most schools, consists of some numbers (transcript, test scores), some essays, a few … Continue reading

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AP Classes: To Take or Not To Take?

Student Query:  Is it better to get a lower grade in an AP class rather than an A in a non-AP class? Stef’s Response: I get this question often in my practice. The answer is, it is better to get … Continue reading

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GO, SEE, DO!

Every year, students come to me, confused about how to build the ideal college list.  While there are many great resources for students to turn toward in researching “great-fit” colleges, they are getting utterly inundated by an abundance of marketing … Continue reading

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From Stef’s Desk: Information Generation

Oftentimes, my clients have the BEST ideas! This tech savvy generation has so much information at their fingertips, and they are constantly teaching me new tricks.  One of my motivated college bound clients set up several “google news alerts” for … Continue reading

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Parent’s Corner: Helping You Help THEM

I had an interesting conversation with a mother of a high school rising junior last week.  She was obviously in the midst of an internal struggle and was attempting to set boundaries for herself in regard to the college admissions … Continue reading

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What is College Admissions Anxiety?!

College Admissions Anxiety is REAL and it’s rampant. For many students, the college selection process is the first adult decision they will make.  That’s a lot of pressure!  Many kids think that where they go to college will determine how … Continue reading

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