What to Consider When Applying to College

What to Consider When Applying to College

When it comes to schooling in the U.S. things are just different. Schools are in-person, a hybrid model, fully remote, or taken on an entirely new process/meaning for a family. No matter where your student is with schooling this year, there are some important points...
Tips for a Successful New School Year

Tips for a Successful New School Year

Each year, as the month of August commences, I find myself thinking how quickly the summer has gone by and in a few short weeks we are all back to school. This year, I, like so many, are thinking about how this year is unlike anything I could have imagined and there...
College Admissions & Covid-19

College Admissions & Covid-19

The topic of how the Covid-19 health crisis dominates our news cycle (and our lives) and the amount of  information and resources available to us can sometimes be very overwhelming. When it comes to thinking about how the college experience and application process has...
Fall  SAT & ACT Testing

Fall SAT & ACT Testing

As it is well reported, the testing situation around the SAT and ACT has been a challenging one to navigate for many students around the country. With the slow reopening of the tri-state area and the quick reopening of other states around the country, the testing...
The Summer is Here… Now What?

The Summer is Here… Now What?

 The school year has come to an end…finally.    I speak to students and families regularly about how challenging the past few months have been, but now many are concerned about what the summer months are going to look like for their student.    Most students...
Set Yourself Apart in Just 30 Minutes per Week

Set Yourself Apart in Just 30 Minutes per Week

For most people, school admissions is not a top priority right now, nor should it be.  At the same time, I’m hearing a lot of comments from parents about the application process such as, “There’s nothing I can do,” or “I feel like I can’t make any progress.”     I’m...
College in the Age of COVID-19

College in the Age of COVID-19

As I spend hours a day reading news reports, emails from college admissions offices, and managing my overwhelmed professional association lists, I find that the same words keeping popping up: Unprecedented, unknown, uncertainty, test-optional, waitlists, gap year, and...
Coronavirus: Let’s Ask Questions

Coronavirus: Let’s Ask Questions

As the Coronavirus situation changes hour by hour, so do our thoughts about what’s to come in the months and years ahead.  Indeed, as you read this, the situation surrounding the crisis will have already changed from the time this was written, perhaps even...
Building a College List that Makes Sense

Building a College List that Makes Sense

  When I sit down with students during an initial consultation, after I ask many questions about grades, test scores, favorite and least favorite subjects, and extracurricular activities, the question that usually prompts smiles on the face of families and surprises...
Tips for a Successful New School Year

Tips for a Successful New School Year

As the month of August commences, I find myself thinking how quickly the summer has gone and in a few short weeks we are all back to school. As both a high school college counselor and independent college counselor for the past ten years, admittedly, I still find...
It’s Never Too Early for a Visit

It’s Never Too Early for a Visit

Over the past ten years as a college counselor, I have been asked countless times by families: Does my student need to visit a college before he/she/they apply? Can’t we just wait until they’re accepted before I/we have to take time off of work or spend money to...
Why a meaningful and enjoyable summer matters

Why a meaningful and enjoyable summer matters

Summer is around the corner and many families are crossing the final “t’s” and dotting the final “i’s” of their plans. For many high school students however, the pressure to have a summer that is filled with non-stop activities, programs, or travel plans can sometimes...
Let’s Talk About Your Child…

Let’s Talk About Your Child…

Did you know the way to address a student with special needs is to do so by naming the student first and then their learning difference? Were you aware that order matters?   Many times I encounter people who refer to a student as “dyslexic” or “my ADHD kid.” I...
Public High School Applications Are In – Now What?

Public High School Applications Are In – Now What?

I often get the question, “We’ve done all this work submitting applications, now what happens and why does it take so long to get results?”   The bad news is, there’s a somewhat agonizing wait for 8th grade families across the city to receive their high school...