The Power of a “Small” Story

The Power of a “Small” Story

A couch. A gazebo. A mouse. Target.

These were the topics of personal application essays that helped the writers earn admission to Stanford, UPenn, UC Berkeley and MIT. These essays contained no lists of accomplishments and no bragging, just good stories that revealed who the students are and what makes them tick.

The Power of Experiential Learning – Beyond the College Degree

The Power of Experiential Learning – Beyond the College Degree

When thinking about going to college, there are many things that you’re likely considering -such as the size of the school, location, housing choices, and of course, academic options.  In fact, SO much emphasis in the college application and decision-making process is put on academics – does the college or university offer the major I want? 

A Q&A About Performing and Visual Arts Colleges and Universities

A Q&A About Performing and Visual Arts Colleges and Universities

Art school is a real college. There are a lot of misconceptions of what a degree in the performing and visual arts entails… that an arts degree is not rigorous, that graduates will have less options in the employment market, or that as a performing or visual arts student, I will get to solely focus on the work I want to make.

Making the Transition to College: Characteristics and Skills That Are Critical to Success

Making the Transition to College: Characteristics and Skills That Are Critical to Success

Kids go to college to continue their education. Sure, that’s true. But the actual reality of going to college involves so much more than academics. As students engage in college research and begin to formulate an idea of what they are looking for in a school, they should also check in with themselves to ensure that they are ready – beyond academic preparation – for this enormous transition.

Getting A Coach’s Attention: How To Boost An Athlete’s Desirability

Getting A Coach’s Attention: How To Boost An Athlete’s Desirability

My son has played squash for years, and has always expected to play in college. But now he’s entering his junior year, and other parents are telling me that getting a squash coach’s attention is even more competitive than the game itself.

The sports recruiting process seems so confusing. What do my wife and I need to do to boost our son’s desirability?

Baffled in Boston

College is NOT Just a Bigger High School: Preparing First-year Students for the Academic Expectations

College is NOT Just a Bigger High School: Preparing First-year Students for the Academic Expectations

College-bound students in the U.S. have learned a few things about classroom transitions. For most of them, the move from elementary school to middle school meant more classes, new challenging academic content, and harder homework. In turn, the move from middle school to high school brought a similar transition: additional classes, more complex academic material, and even harder homework.

Five Principles For Student Success In The Classroom

Five Principles For Student Success In The Classroom

Year after year, millions of soon-to-be high school graduates tap their feet nervously as yet another head of school rambles on about this new chapter in their lives. A dozen Hallmark cards filled with cash and a few months later, it’s time to head off to school.

5 Things I Wish I Had Done In College

5 Things I Wish I Had Done In College

College was one of the greatest times of my life. It was the first time that I set off on my own and was truly responsible for myself and managing my own life. Mom and Dad weren’t there to bother me or tell me what to do.College was one of the greatest times of my life. It was the first time that I set off on my own and was truly responsible for myself and managing my own life. Mom and Dad weren’t there to bother me or tell me what to do.