A recent cluster of articles (see links below) about a pending lawsuit challenging Harvard’s admissions reminds us of the importance of evaluating an application honestly before a student hits SEND. We can sometimes get so bogged down by the IQ of the application e.g., test scores, GPA) that its EQ, that intangibles, falls by the…

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During the Q&A at an NJACAC conference a few years back, a counselor asked, “What do you do with a student who has written about a particularly hard topic? Maybe they were abused, their dad died (or golden retriever) suddenly, their grandma is incarcerated, or they are dealing with a mental illness…and, well, it’s just…

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Pregnant with Natalie, I found myself on an incredibly demanding project that required me to come up with multiple creative interactive storyboards that would be produced as computer games to explore math concepts. I’d storyboard hour after hour, and when I found myself exhausted, frantic for an idea, staring at the cursor on the screen,…

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At a recent college admissions event, a prospective student got up, and a bit nervously asked a panel of admissions officers, “What do you look for in a college admissions essay? What makes one application stand apart from others?” I could feel this teen’s heart beating in his rib cage, the look on his face…

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Subscribing to valuing only one type of college applicant is a disservice to all of us. Do we value only one type of person? And what message are we sending the next generation by perpetuating the everyone-must-be-a-leader ideal? Is this akin to the same vacuous thinking that convinces us that everyone-must-be-a-winner at all times? In…

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“I think I want to write about it.” “By ‘it’,” I asked quietly, “you mean…the boyfriend. The break up. The broken heart.” “Yes.” “You can write about whatever you want.” “I want to write about it. But I don’t know where to start.” “That’s okay. And understandable.” “She sat up a tiny bit straighter. I…

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“When my oldest son graduated near the top of his class at Blair Academy, with test scores in the 99th percentile, my wife and I felt very comfortable that he would have a number of top colleges from which to choose. As it turns out, we didn’t have a clue how difficult and emotional the…

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“Jessie’s work with my daughter was exceptional and the results where not just acceptance letters and merit scholarships, but self esteem and a morale boast when many of her friends were frustrated and feeling defeated. I have first hand experience with the positive results of working with Jessie and would encourage and applaud all parents tot…

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