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About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally f...  (More)

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SHOW AND TELL: Tips for Writing the College Application Essay
Sep 5, 2014 11:23 pm
Comments: 4 | Views: 20,700

(Guest blog written by Sally Doane)

Of all the components of the college application, the essay is perhaps the one that causes the most dread – more even... More
Congratulations To Grads (Parents, Please Step To The Back)
May 27, 2014 9:41 pm
Comments: 7 | Views: 20,671

This blog was written by John and is his first blog post!

It's that time of year again when Palo Alto parents of high school graduates congratulate each other... More
Standardized Test Prep: When to Start and Whom to Hire?
Oct 30, 2014 10:01 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 20,403

(written by Lori McCormick)


As an independent college admissions advisor, I am often asked when is the right time to prepare for standardized testing. My area... More
What Freshmen Should be Thinking About College
Jan 28, 2015 1:02 pm
Comments: 22 | Views: 20,380

(Written by John Raftrey)

Now that high school freshmen have a semester under their belt, it is a good time to get them thinking a little bit about college. ... More
Never Give Up
Dec 23, 2014 7:51 am
Comments: 5 | Views: 19,615

(written by Lori McCormick)

Many students are celebrating their early application acceptances or are deeply saddened by their first rejection. Some even are in... More
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