Magical Mystery Tour

“It was twenty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile” The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Those famed lyrics would never have been penned had John Lennon and Paul McCartney not met in Liverpool, England … Continue reading “Magical Mystery Tour”

Kitchen Bars and Common Data Sets

The Kitchen Bar I am sure that there is a moment in every kid’s life when they regret the fact that their parent has a particular profession. Lots of child-sized thought bubbles like, “Oh. Crap. Why is my mom a doctor? Or in sales? Or a personal trainer?” I can imagine them reading in their … Continue reading “Kitchen Bars and Common Data Sets”

Ask Better Questions

In the world of college admission there is always debate about the “best school” in the nation. As quickly as someone holds up Stanford or Harvard, someone else will poke holes in the methodology, or challenge that they may not be tops for  every major, and so on and so forth.  There are so many varying “sources” … Continue reading “Ask Better Questions”

Olympic Gymnastics and College Admissions– NOT FAIR!!!

It’s Not Fair!! I’ve been watching the Olympics a lot lately both at home and in the office (don’t worry tax payers, I’m only viewing at lunch, or when slowly meandering past the lobby TV, or perhaps occasionally on the split screen desktop– what can I say, I’m a multitasker). The other night Gabby Douglas … Continue reading “Olympic Gymnastics and College Admissions– NOT FAIR!!!”

What Admission Folks Think But Don’t Say

A few months ago, the New York Times published an article entitled “Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids.” There were some helpful points, as well as honest and practical advice. But what would have been far more intriguing is an article called “What Admission Folks Think But Don’t Say.” This is the blessing and curse of our work. Each year we meet amazing students around … Continue reading “What Admission Folks Think But Don’t Say”