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Karen Stabiner

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #16: Living Happily Ever After

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Imagine that an acceptance from whatever you've defined as a better school might not make enough of a difference to keep your family from enjoying the last six weeks of senior year.

'Getting In': Temporary Insanity? Parents On The Brink Of College Admissions

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

Getting In is really about crazy love. Generations and generations of besotted parents with a single defining goal: To give our children more than we had.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak Out Countdown #3: The Squeeze Play - Early Decision, Budget Cuts, And No Vacancy Signs

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Early applicants take up as much as 25 percent of an incoming class. If you're the kind of person who buys movie tickets on-line so you can choose the best seat, you know that the later it gets, the fewer options you have.

The College Insider: Admissions Freakout Countdown #5: The Application Essay - Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

No one is going to accept a college applicant who writes like a dream about a topic no other applicant thought of if the kid's test scores, GPA, and course profile aren't competitive.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #2: SAT Prep, The Good, The Bad, And The Goofy

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Test-taking strategies: If there's a consensus on anything, it's that your child doesn't want to spend valuable time reading the instructions for the first time on the day of the test. Before you pay for sample tests in a room at a prep center, or proctored by a tutor, consider a few free sample tests at home.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown#1: The College Counselor Appointment

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

I've been right where you're standing, waiting outside the college counselor's office for that first appointment of your child's senior year, trying and failing to balance absolute pride and abject panic. Let me clarify one thing before you get started: From here on in, nothing is as it seems.