Category Archives: From Stef’s Desk

Good News: You Got Accepted. Not So Good News: It’s for Spring.

Congratulations!  Your got accepted to your top choice college.  Too bad you can’t start until January of next year.  What to do? Well, let’s start with what NOT to do.  Do NOT burst into tears and burn your acceptance letter … Continue reading

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Congratulations on Getting Accepted to Your Early Decision College: Now What?

Congratulations on getting accepted to your top choice school!  What a smart college to recognize what a great addition you would make to their campus! If you are like increasing numbers of college applicants, you decided to apply to your top … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Crunch Time: Your Application Timeline

To all College-Bound Seniors: With college deadlines just around the corner, it is time to kick it into high gear! Don’t tire out on turkey. Use the Thanksgiving holiday to finish up your college applications.  Even if you haven’t started … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About You

(How to Differentiate You From Every Other Applicant) Tell me about yourself. What should be the easiest question to answer, is often the most frequently botched.  Usually, the answer I get is, “What do you want to know?”  Well, at … 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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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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From Stef’s Desk: Confidentially Speaking…

Can you keep a secret?  Well, most people can’t.  Even if they promise they will.  Your college target list and application details are your personal information, and I don’t believe they should be shared with your friends or classmates. I … Continue reading

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Then vs. Now: The University of Social Networking

Stating the obvious, technology is pervasive.  Just as in every industry, the internet changed the landscape of college admission.  In addition to slick websites, most colleges now have Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs. I caution you to remember that … Continue reading

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From Stef’s Desk: Why Fareed is Right

Have you followed CNN host and author Fareed Zakaria’s current publicity tour for his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education? With all of the focus on STEM degrees and career preparedness, I was excited to hear a political … Continue reading

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From Stef’s Desk: Why I Wrote The Complete Candidate

Puzzles fascinate me.  As do mysteries. I was always drawn to games like Clue and those brain teaser riddles whereby you are given clues and have to figure out how the scenario transpired.  Hints, nuances, a morsel of truth here … Continue reading

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