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Back to Basics: the Importance of Hydration and Sleep

The text came in at 9:42 p.m. “The world feels like it’s literally ending.” Normally I don’t respond to texts so late, but this was clearly a student in crisis, so I shot back a message: “What’s going on?” What followed was a wall of text highlighting weeks of anxiety...

Beyond Media Hype into Common-Sense Application Numbers

Around this time of year, we often begin seeing “feel-good” stories on the news in the U.S. about high school seniors who applied to and were accepted to dozens of colleges. The media will often add information about the collective scholarship awards the student was...

Beyond Prestige into Best Fit: Why it Matters and How Our Students are Walking the Walk

In an era when manufactured prestige and exorbitant college costs drive families into confusion and panic, we work hard to demystify the college process and help students find their best fit colleges.  What does best fit really mean?  It means knowing yourself and...

Advice from Certified Adults

For high school students in the throes of adolescence, it can be hard to imagine going off to college and making...

Tips for Tackling the Common App Activities List

Rising seniors are well-served to begin working hard on their college applications this summer, NOT when the fall semester begins.  Most students today understand they need to write a strong essay in order to stand out at more selective schools, but they often fail to...

Beyond EFC into Savvy College Shopping

Beyond EFC into Savvy College Shopping

For many middle class families, paying for college is a real struggle.  Although we try to prepare families to brace themselves for what the FAFSA says they should be able to pay, it’s still a shock for most families we work with, particularly those with net family...

The Biggest Little Lie

The Biggest Little Lie

Ask any busy high school student and they will tell you that one of the hardest parts of applying to colleges and scholarships is keeping up with all the detail. For scholarships, the details can be particularly important in determining your eligibility, protecting...

Facing debt realities and paying for college

Facing debt realities and paying for college

College is expensive in the US.  Tuition costs have far outpaced inflation in this country and have grown by as much as 200% for some schools over the last 20 years.  It’s crazy, and it has created a student debt crisis in this country.  Today, about 43 million...

The 1-minute task you shouldn’t skip

The 1-minute task you shouldn’t skip

In the wake of the Penn State Jerry Sandusky scandal, the university's credit rating was downgraded due to "anticipation of the substantial financial impact on the university from the ultimate cost of future settlements and possible judgments." The university's entire...

Making the most of college visits

Making the most of college visits

As COVID-19 vaccinations rise (thanks, science!), more colleges are re-opening to visitors.  If you’re able to get on the road, the summer offers an opportunity to make up for lost time and visit schools. Visiting colleges in person matters to get an overall feel for...

On unsolicited advice and tuning out chatter

On unsolicited advice and tuning out chatter

It was the start of a relaxing evening when a panicked series of texts came in from one of our students.  A parent from their school had approached them at a school event and offered unsolicited advice about scheduling, college admissions, and what colleges want to...