Students can do a great deal, both before and after applying, to ensure that they maintain their sanity, embrace colleges' decisions, and actually increase their chances of getting into their favored schools.
Summer is here and students across the nation are rejoicing. But anxiety may stubbornly persist for the families of many rising high school juniors even as the focus shifts from final exams to sports, camp and travel.
Last week, I got an email from a client asking me if it was OK for her son to skip one of his SAT Subject Tests this Saturday because he has been ill from what his doctor diagnosed as "stress-related migraines."
Just when you thought you had studied enough, read all the books, done all the prep work. Just when you thought you were safe, sources from College Board announced that it would be changing its infamous SAT yet again. So, this begs the question: Is there a way to master the SAT?
To those of you with the prestigious admissions offers, a hearty, well-earned congratulations. But I want to offer you permission to think beyond the U.S. News & World Report rankings to make the best possible college decision for your future.
It's late March, and everyone has the same set of questions for me these days. Some folks are dying of curiosity about where my kid is headed, while others are simply fascinated by the whole process in general. So how different is the process from back in the day?
Like the werewolf who senses his impending transformation, I am fighting to keep that awful nagging wench from devouring mellow summer Mom. Fortunately for me, child psychologist and author Madeline Levine, who wrote The Price of Privilege, recently came out with a worthy sequel.
Often, I've seen parents look to impress the student tour guides as if they were the actual admissions officers. The parents seem only interested in making it clear how amazing they think their kids are.
Something has been really bugging me. It's not unique to me -- every kid my age goes through it in a similar way. It's a modern horror that I've just dipped my toes into: THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS.
Good information about college options should be a matter of public policy. Colleges should be required to post information such as graduation rates, job placement rates, and average debt of graduates on the front page of their websites.
April is admissions time in colleges. Here are a few thoughts based on several years of observing what happens after students get their envelopes, whether thick or thin, and they are suddenly faced with a big decision.