What Students Should Do If They Are Waitlisted

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the November 22, 2017 edition Hello, seniors: Congratulations on submitting your college applications. You may be receiving notice from your early-action and early-decision schools, so now is the time to begin your decision-making process. Remember, you must make a deposit at one – and … Read moreWhat Students Should Do If They Are Waitlisted

Weighted or non-weighted GPA: Which is better for college admission?

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the January 7, 2017 edition __________________________________________________________________ To weight or not to weight a grade-point average – that is the question facing high school administrators throughout the U.S. and here in our own backyard. Local high schools are currently debating which GPAs to put on … Read moreWeighted or non-weighted GPA: Which is better for college admission?

Start the school year with college readiness in mind

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the August 3, 2016 edition __________________________________________________________________ Fall offers a new beginning for every year of high school and a chance to boost your college readiness quotient. Following are the top three strategies by class. FRESHMAN • This is your chance to start fresh, try … Read moreStart the school year with college readiness in mind

Choosing Your New Home For the Next Four Years (aka Choosing Your College)

Last December, you were praying that just one of the colleges you applied to would come through with an acceptance letter. If it did, your decision on where to attend would be easy, but after all your stress, you find you have multiple offers to choose from and no clear front runner, because, all of … Read moreChoosing Your New Home For the Next Four Years (aka Choosing Your College)

Don’t Throw the Freshmen Out with the Coalition

As I read article after article, bashing the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, I find myself hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. Yes, they are rushing it, and there are potentially many issues in the execution. But, as an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC) I often start with families in the freshman year, to work … Read moreDon’t Throw the Freshmen Out with the Coalition

How to make the most of a study abroad program

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the May 25, 2016 edition __________________________________________________________________ This is the second in a two-part series on college study abroad programs. Part 1 appeared in the April 20 Town Crier. No matter which study abroad program you choose, there are ways to significantly improve the … Read moreHow to make the most of a study abroad program

Study abroad programs come in different forms

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the April 20,2016 edition. __________________________________________________________________ I recently returned from a quick trip to Paris and Florence, where I studied, of all things, college students studying abroad. According to the Institute of International Education, more than 300,000 U.S. domestic students – 10 percent – do … Read moreStudy abroad programs come in different forms

Understanding what AP credits mean after graduation

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the November 18, 2015 edition. __________________________________________________________________ Following is the second in a two-part series on Advanced Placement classes. Part 2 explores what happens with AP credits once students matriculate to college. While admissions is mostly concerned with Advanced Placement classes, colleges are most … Read moreUnderstanding what AP credits mean after graduation

Consider balance and interests when selecting APs in high school

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the November 11, 2015 edition. __________________________________________________________________ Following is the first in a two-part series that explores the two primary ways Advanced Placement classes impact the college process. Part 1 reviews the role of AP classes as part of college admissions. Part 2 will … Read moreConsider balance and interests when selecting APs in high school