Category Archives: high school

Curating Your College List, Writing the Application Essay, College as Work, and Wondering About Colleges’ Effect On Society: New Forbes Entries

Some college application advice and some commentary. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Perspectives on College and College Admission: Some Reading

Feeling guilty about not reading “how to get into college” books? Try these related but wider-ranging books for a break. Continue reading

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What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 3

Most of the changes being advocated regarding college admission focus on students, families, schools, and organizations changing their ways. “Relax!” say colleges. “Do your best and don’t worry about the results.” Students are enjoined to be “nicer” and more sincere … Continue reading

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The College Process as Existential Crisis

Students going through the college process may be experiencing an existential crisis before they’re ready for it. Continue reading

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Webcast on “Taking Back High School”

A few weeks ago I conducted a webcast through CollegeWeek Live about how high school counselors can try helping high school students be students as the college admission process looms in the distance. It’s about an hour long and has … Continue reading

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The Charge of the Bright Brigade

Thousands of talented and ambitious students are futilely throwing themselves at high status, low admit rate colleges. Although they have virtually no chance of admission, the pull of status is stronger than logic. This situation leads to overwork, stress, and … Continue reading

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Asking Questions That Need to be Asked

In previous posts I have severely criticized the “Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success” and the report “Turning the Tide,” both of which reveal a lack of respect for high school counselors and students as well as a misunderstanding of how … Continue reading

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