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Beverly Low
Beverly Low is the Director of Guidance & College Counseling at Manchester Essex Middle High School. Formerly the Dean of First-Year Students at Colgate University, Beverly has been advising, mentoring, nudging, and guiding students for almost 25 years. She specializes in coaching young people (and their parents) on the academic preparation and skill development required for a successful transition from secondary school to college. Beverly holds her M.Ed. from from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in English from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Follow her on Twitter @TheBevLowDown.

Entries by Beverly Low

The Summer College Search is Like House Hunting

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:56 PM

It was the spring of 2003 and I had decided to purchase my first home. I had a new job with a comfortable salary and a desire to establish myself more fully in the local university community. Single, I was venturing into the world of real estate alone - putting...

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Am I Too Worried About College-Bound Seniors?

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Last January, I was working with the Colgate University admission team to launch a new student checklist for onboarding the Class of 2018. Today I'm viewing the application process through the lenses of a college counselor at Manchester Essex Regional High School. Pleased with myself for...

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After Orientation, the Real Work Begins

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 11:12 AM

I attended my own orientation last week. Strange.

For the past 20 years, I've been directing orientation programs for incoming college freshmen. All of a sudden, I am the on the other side of the equation -- I am the new face -- a little nervous, but eager to...

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No Slumping, College Bound Seniors!

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 11:13 AM

Hooray! You selected your college and made your deposit. Congratulations! Now you want to kick back and take a little break. Maybe you've already decided to ease up and stop working so hard. Wait. Hang on just a little longer and resist the urge to slack off. Bad cases of...

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Ten Ways to Soften Spring Break

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 6:45 PM

Give me a break!

The timing of spring break is strategic. Our brains need rest and some quiet time to recover. College students have been grinding out midterms and papers at warp speed. Read. Go. Study. Go. Write. Go. Solve. Repeat. Add a dash of ridiculous winter weather, a spicy...

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Navigating Winter Break With Your College Freshman

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 6:40 PM

Seasoned college students tell me that nothing compares to the feeling of triumph and exhilaration upon finishing the last final exam of the semester. Done. Marathon completed. Uphill. Persevering through pain and dehydration. Battling sleep deprivation, the sniffles, upset stomachs, and stress. Finish line crossed. The end of the fall...

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Homesick? Take a Deep Breath

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 1:59 PM

The Buick rumbled onward for 3.35 hours, stuffed to the max. It was 1980 and my parents were driving me to college. I'm pretty sure that I jumped out of the car before it stopped in front of my residence hall. We unloaded a ridiculous number of boxes and bags,...

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Five Summer Tips for the College Bound

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Like the colorful and constant noise of summer fireworks, advice for college first-years has begun exploding from all directions. Celebrations are mixed with a nervous excitement that will not be matched or replicated ever again. Going to college in the fall. Kaboom!

In the spirit of independence, I recommend five...

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The Commencement Roller Coaster

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 7:40 PM

Every year in mid-May, I ask myself the same question, "How did I not see this coming?"


For the past few weeks I've been a sharing a car on the emotional roller-coaster ride with several graduating seniors -- students to whom I feel a special attachment. Many...

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The Friend Group Factor

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 6:40 PM

I am an off-the-chart extravert.

I get my energy from a crowd, feel recharged after a public presentation, and know full well that my mouth sometimes moves 10 steps ahead of my brain. Making new friends has always been easy for me. Zero effort. Working the room at a reception...

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Embracing Final Exam Week

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 7:18 PM

Few events influence the atmosphere on a college campus more dramatically than a week of final exams. It's stressful. You can feel it. Sleep deprivation and compromised immune systems are the norm. The first-year residence halls are full of mononucleosis, bronchitis, and tonsillitis. Coughing is almost symphonic at times. Students,...

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Choices and Consequences: College and Beyond

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 3:04 PM

They towed my car. I was furious.

Graduate school, 1989. After circling the parking lot six times, I wheeled into a spot and clicked on my hazard lights. My paper was due at 5:00 p.m. I zipped into Russell House, printed the final version, and slipped a copy into...

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Asking For Help Is Not a Sign of Weakness

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 2:09 PM

Imagine yourself in this scenario: it's late at night and you are driving alone on an unfamiliar road. One wrong turn and you are hopelessly lost (yes, even GPS blows a call now and then). No street lights. No route signs. Nothing but trees and darkness for miles. What would...

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Thoughts For the Class of 2016 As They Enter College

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 4:59 PM

Summer, for a college-bound student, is squished strategically between the celebration of high school graduation and the excitement that comes with starting the next phase of your education. Emotions are ebbing and flowing with various speed and intensity. You are essentially living in two worlds at one time: the safe...

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