Category Archives: adolescents

College Counselors as Advocates: A New Dynamic

Most of the time, college counselors are seen as ardent supporters of their students during the college process. Whether it’s helping create college lists, going over procedures, checking up on deadlines, or writing recommendations, we are in students’ corners as they … Continue reading

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What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Crabby wonders about form and substance… The more I think about college access and success for underserved students, the more I find myself reading and thinking about primary and secondary education as well. Too often, I’ve found, even students at … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not “Friending” You Back

Crabby wants his Scholars to think more… LinkedIn is a Facebook for networking, a site that enables members to establish “contacts” and check out jobs, possible connections, alumni and friends in the world of work. It has a very clear … Continue reading

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Having a Voice is an American Dream

Crabby hears rain on the parade… Yesterday Crabby met with a group of high school students he’s been working with on college options for a while. Several of the seniors shared their acceptances and we cheered them. Crabby turned to the younger … Continue reading

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The Underside of College LIfe

I tend to idealize my own college experience, which I suppose everyone does after a certain age or even before. When I talk to my low-income first generation-college students I probably idealize college even more. Even so, I know I … Continue reading

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The End, Maybe, of Apocalyptic Thinking

The Crabby Counselor calmly tackles the stress of applying to college. Kids, kids, kids: Crabby knows this is a tough time all over for you. Senior year, big plans, all those socially awkward moments and photos you’ll be hiding from … Continue reading

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The Crabby Counselor Talks to Parents

Dear Moms and Dads, The college application season is upon us and I wanted to offer a few tips to keep things on an even keel between you and your sons and daughters as the process wears on. I speak … Continue reading

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