Category Archives: parents

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 About the Best-Laid Plans

Trying to groom children for particular outcomes (colleges, especially) is a fool’s errand and Robert Burns knows it. Continue reading

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Crabby Counselor Talks to High School Principals

You think you’ve got problems? Don’t get me started.I know you have plenty to deal with day to day and I don’t want to rain on your parade, but when you tell me I provide a “service” and then expect … 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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Just a few recommendations

No fire and/or brimstone about anything or anyone this time, just some credit where credit is due. (A slightly different version of this entry can also be found on NACAC’s website at Admitted Blog) Coming from the college side of … Continue reading

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Eternal College Marketing and the Consumer/Student

Last week I attended the IACAC conference in Itasca IL. It was congenial as usual but one of the presentations touched on a topic I’ve been concerned about and writing about for a while. The session’s title says it all: … Continue reading

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One Good Book

I’ve just finished a very low-key, well-adjusted book concerning the college process that is a wonderful antidote to the frantic “win-at-any-cost” college books out there. It’s called College Admission Together: It Takes a Family, by Steven Roy Goodman & Andrea … Continue reading

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