Finished with all your college applications??? Not quite!!


The big ‘crunch’ of applications through December/mid-January is over. You did it! With at least 8 applications filed, you can sit back now and try to calm the gnawing anxiety as…

Doing school: the gap between high school education and college admissions


Many of you will have heard me complain rather cynically about the distance between colleges’ expressed expectations for high school students and the reality of highly selective…

From junior year to college admissions


For the last few months, high school juniors stood by as seniors wrestled with college applications, stressed about choices, and finally, exhaled as they picked their colleges.…

“Finding The Shoe That Fits”: Putting yourself at the centre of your college search


I suspect that if I ask for a show of hands, there will be an unusually large number of parents here who applied to and attended universities in other countries. Coming from those…

Promises and Pitfalls of a Gap Year


Most high school seniors pursuing a college education are now filling in roommate forms, sending off final transcripts to chosen institutions, and such.  But many others have…

Along the road to college admission…


The college application process can have many unfortunate effects, and one happens when students run around madly padding their resumes with yet one more activity, one more shot…

A wise college bound student says thank you often


Students sometimes forget how much effort others have put into their college search and application process.