The 2022 admission season: what juniors might learn from it

Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van Niekerk|April 25, 2022|9 MinutesWith colleges having announced their 2022 admission decisions, I yet again feel like a recording stuck…


A career in software computing? Consider a major other than CS

Andrea van NiekerkApril 21, 2022|5 MinutesGuest Blogger, Sam Fisher Applying to college seems to get harder every year, and the only thing even tougher is applying to…


No, it's not fair!

Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van Niekerk|April 16, 2022|5 MinutesEvery year commentators call on new superlatives to describe the plummeting admit rates at selective…


Waiting on the Waitlist

Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van Niekerk|April 5, 2022|6 MinutesWith college admission decisions made and released, the attention of students and admission officers…


High School Course Selection

Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van Niekerk|April 1, 2022|6 MinutesAs an admission officer at a very selective college, perhaps the most common question I had to field was…


Empathy: Considering another’s perspective in a college application

Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van NiekerkMarch 7, 20226 MinutesIn preparing their applications to college, high school students are encouraged to be authentic, engaged,…


The Role of Recommendation Letters

Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van Niekerk|March 1, 2022|6 Minutes As we come towards the second quarter of junior year, many students begin to think about letters of…


College admission from the other side of the desk

Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van Niekerk|May 24, 2021|8 MinutesFor more than a decade now, every time I attend an annual NACAC conference, the event at which all sides…


The college admission questions high school juniors face right now

Sally Port at Rice university Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van Niekerk|April 5, 2021|6 MinutesAs we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Covid lockdown, the…


Major Myths, Revisited

Pepperdine University Andrea van NiekerkBy Andrea van Niekerk|March 14, 2021|6 MinutesA recent article by Verónica Leyva takes issue with students paying undue attention…