Category: Choosing A College

3 Shades of Gray of Early Decision

For the record, I’m not a big fan of early decision plans. Applying for early decision requires young people to make a big decision in junior year (or early senior year) of high school to choose the one perfect university they will commit to.  I am a lifelong student of… Read more

Are You Standing on Hot Coals?

There is often a “hot coal moment” for many families and students I work with.  It is hard to predict when this moment will happen. Sometimes, it happens immediately after students finish the junior year PSAT. Some parents get a nagging feeling they may be too late helping their student… Read more

Need versus Want – Part 2

In part one of this post, I identified the difference between what students believe they want in a college education versus what they truly need and ways that students might focus on their wants to the detriment of a quality educational experience. In part two, I’d like to discuss examples… Read more

Need versus Want – Part 1

Many years ago, walking through a large department store, I overheard a conversation between two shoppers. The young man picked up an expensive leather jacket with an eager grin and exclaimed in a breathless voice, “I need this.” His girlfriend slowly looked up from the clothes rack with a look… Read more

The Year of Translucence

It’s good to be back in your inbox. My last blog post was in August 2021 when I finished writing a series of “Rules for Applying to College.” (Many of you who have been recently added to the list may not even know that I have a blog.)  Why did… Read more

The Third Rule of Applying to College

Students and parents often ask me the following: What SAT score do I need to get into a good college? Should I take three or four AP classes in my senior year?  I’m no longer interested in this extracurricular activity, so if I switch to this other extracurricular activity is… Read more