College Access Counseling

To see what I’ve been doing over the last two years, follow this link to my newly designed website: College Access Counseling. I’ve had the pleasure of developing a comprehensive college counseling curriculum (say that three times fast) for Scholarship Chicago and creating a professional development series for college counselors in Chicago area charter schools. The big challenge has been to take what I’ve learned from my days at Amherst and as a college counselor and make it accessible to the adults who work with students from low-income and first generation college backgrounds.

Working for myself has also been a challenge, really, but so far it’s been rewarding. I keep saying I’ve been more lucky than smart, but as I’ve learned how to present myself I’ve started to create my own luck. That includes promoting my work more! So if you’re a school or community organization that works with underserved kids and wants to help them think about college, you know where to reach me.

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About Will Dix

I am currently writing a book about college admission. I'm interested in the intersection of the college process and American culture. I attended Amherst College in the 1970s, taught high school English and theater at The Hill School in the '80s, returned to Amherst in the '90s as an admission dean, and began the '00s as a college counselor at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. I then joined Chicago Scholars as Program Director. Currently, I blog about college admission for Forbes.com. I also help community organizations serving low income students understand the college admission process so more students can consider gaining access to higher education. I have a few private college counseling clients that I take by referral only. The views expressed in this blog are mine alone.
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