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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Decision Day during a global health pandemic

(written by Lori McCormick) National Decision Day is today. This means that high school students across the country have until the end of the business day commit...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 1, 2020
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The University of California’s flexible policies during COVID-19

(written by Lori McCormick) Yesterday, the University of California announced that they are going to ease up on admissions requirements for the current 2020 and...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Apr. 2, 2020
Last comment by ASR , on Apr 15, 2020 at 4:09 pm | 7 comments | 6138 Views

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Accepted or Rejected Let's All Be Supportive During Decision Month

Written by John Raftrey This post is for both students and parents. For the student: This is going to be a tough month. Almost every senior will get a...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 4, 2020
Last comment by Expectations , on Mar 5, 2020 at 9:16 am | 1 comment | 4851 Views

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National Decision Day

(Written by Lori McCormick) March tends to be a busy month for students (and families!) anxiously waiting for the final round of college acceptance notifications....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 1, 2020
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Finding Your Calling

(Written by Lori McCormick) My father passed away a few months ago. Sitting in the funeral home’s office waiting to meet our Funeral Director, Erin Arteaga,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 24, 2020
Last comment by Jon Keeling, on Feb 26, 2020 at 11:18 am | 1 comment | 3398 Views

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Please Apply So We Can Reject You!

This is the time of year when juniors are hit with all kinds of college marketing propaganda. Some of it makes it sound like the school is ready to admit the student....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 10, 2020
Last comment by vision board examples, on Feb 25, 2020 at 4:08 am | 9 comments | 5222 Views

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My Pet Peeves

Written by John Raftrey Well juniors, it’s time to start getting serious about applying to college. To get started, here are my pet peeves that are designed...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 17, 2020
Last comment by U-M grad, on Feb 20, 2020 at 1:29 am | 7 comments | 4131 Views

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Opposites Attract (Students) in New Mexico

Written by John Raftrey I was in New Mexico a few weeks ago and came back with some interesting ideas after visiting two schools on the opposite ends of the higher...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by yup, on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:01 pm | 3 comments | 5982 Views

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UC Application Redesign

(written by Lori McCormick) The University of California application is getting a new look! The outdated application is being refreshed and new technologies...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 6, 2019
Last comment by Nate, on Aug 23, 2019 at 12:28 am | 1 comment | 6239 Views

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College Match

(Written by Lori McCormick) I like to use the analogy that applying to college is like dating. Like any relationship, you should complement each other, build...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 15, 2019
Last comment by Adam, on Jul 10, 2019 at 7:54 am | 1 comment | 4130 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

UC Application Redesign

(written by Lori McCormick) The University of California application is getting a new look! The outdated application is being refreshed and new technologies...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 6, 2019
There are no comments yet. 0 Views

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STEM and the Humanities

(written by Lori McCormick) Last week I attended a college counseling conference. Over the course of the week, I visited college campuses and attended a variety...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 26, 2019
Last comment by Bill, on May 29, 2019 at 2:52 pm | 1 comment | 3961 Views

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College Match

(Written by Lori McCormick) I like to use the analogy that applying to college is like dating. Like any relationship, you should complement each other, build...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 15, 2019
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College Match

(Written by Lori McCormick) I like to use the analogy that applying to college is like dating. Like any relationship, you should complement each other, build...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 15, 2019
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Operation Varsity Blues

(written by Lori McCormick) Considering recent news around, Operation Varsity Blues, the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the Department...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 14, 2019
Last comment by concierge, on May 4, 2019 at 2:12 pm | 9 comments | 6768 Views

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UCSB's CCS program

(Written by Lori McCormick) The University of California at Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, established in 1967, is celebrating their 50th anniversary...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 11, 2018
Last comment by AnneC, on Dec 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm | 1 comment | 8440 Views

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Are you fit for Community College?

(Written by Lori McCormick) I have written about this topic before but feel it is worth repeating. I love community colleges! For the right student, starting...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 27, 2018
Last comment by Common sense, on Nov 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm | 11 comments | 6325 Views

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Let's Talk Internships

(Written by Rebecca Bjorklund, University Recruiter for a variety of corporations, ranging from management consulting to aerospace to interactive entertainment) Glowing...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 20, 2018
Last comment by Christopher A. Howland, on Oct 2, 2018 at 4:48 am | 2 comments | 6627 Views

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Letting go

(written by Lori McCormick) My youngest, a kindergartener, is learning to tie his shoes, and I so desperately want to do it for him. Partly because it will...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 21, 2018
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My applications are submitted, now what?

(written by Lori McCormick) I field this question frequently, so I figured it was worth sharing a few general tips to help guide you through those next steps: 1. Check...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 30, 2017
Last comment by michael, on Feb 27, 2018 at 2:03 am | 3 comments | 8765 Views
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