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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.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out #15: Fall Into the Gap (Year), But Check the Price-Tag First

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

The pressurized lives some high school seniors have been leading can take a toll; they maintain their perfectionist momentum for the first year of college, or two, and then little cracks start to show up in the façade.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #14: Much Ado About What Felt Like Something at the Time

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Getting into college - any one of the colleges on your list, even the bottom-feeders, which suddenly don't look all that bad, right? - restores your equilibrium, at least temporarily.

'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 #14: Acceptance, Rejection, and Coping -- a Parents' Handbook of Good Behavior

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

The parent of a college-bound teen may spend most of senior year wearing a dunce cap, but come rejection time you will be expected to have a smart answer to that unanswerable question.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #13: Deja Vu All Over Again, As UCs Protest

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Last week, what was supposed to be a party turned into the full monty, protest-wise: flaming dumpsters, cops, and the occupation of a building, all in protest of a thirty-plus percent tuition hike for UC students.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out #12: What A Long, Strained Trip It's Been

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

I'm not saying a senior should bail altogether. But keep in mind that your senior's acceptance matters almost as much to his or her high school as it does to you.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out #11: Why Is Everyone's Top 10 List The Same?

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Fit is the foundation for any successful relationship, whether we're talking about a senior choosing Reed over SMU or his parents having married each other instead of the candidates who preceded each of them.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #10: Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide, As Test-Prep Puts The App In Applicant

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Adapster is an iPhone or iPod app that enables a student to work on SAT test-prep anywhere, any time.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #6: The College Trip - How To Let The Schools Know You Care

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Schools prefer to accept students who are going to accept them. One way to cut the herd is to see who cares enough to visit, and schools rely on this marker even though it's a flawed indicator.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #7: All's Fair In Love And Warring College Application Services

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Like many families, you probably embraced the popular and seemingly logical approach and sent the school's own application to your first-choice school to show how much you care.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak Out Countdown #4: Paying the Unpayable: Recession-Proof College Costs and Your Shrunken Wallet

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Welcome to the world of financial aid applications, in which nameless, faceless employees get to review information you probably have never told even your closest friends.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #9 - The Post-App, Pre-Notification Sounds Of Silence, Unless You're A Junior.

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Any parent or senior obsessed enough to have invested wholeheartedly in the college application process is experiencing a profound post-deadline adrenaline deficit.

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: Fat Chance Of Graduating College Without Losing The Freshman Fifteen

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Short of the television program "America's Biggest Loser," there is probably no way to undo eighteen years of overeating, or poor habits, with a single semester of exercise.

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 Freak-Out Countdown #8: Bah, Humbug, Tax Forms And Early Deferrals

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Some of the saddest posts on the internet -- and frequently some of the most poorly-written, which may be a clue -- are the ones from deferred students looking for a way to improve their odds come April.

The College Insider: Have We Hit The College Price Ceiling?

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

The biggest increase in enrollment is at two-year community colleges. Enrollment at four-year public and private colleges is pretty static. Cost may be starting, slowly, to trump prestige.

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.