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The decision whether to reopen college campuses this fall was undoubtedly a difficult one for college presidents (and their Boards of Trustees or state governing boards), requiring institutions to balance health and safety concerns, finances and what a residential college experience could be in the...

Does your high school or college student seem especially stressed out right now? The pandemic and virtual learning is causing a lot of students – and their parents – stress; some physicians refer to it as pandemic mental fatigue. As we begin to approach the...

You thought your child’s college list was in its final stages . . . your son or daughter had attended virtual information sessions, taken live-stream tours, and carefully investigated college websites. And then they come to you in some state of distress, not at all...

Diversity and inclusion are important priorities at many, if not most, colleges and universities, perhaps even more today than in the past, with growing Black Lives Matter activism and colleges’ acknowledgement of the need for meaningful anti-racist policies and practices. Another diversity area where colleges...

Congratulations to your son or daughter! They have finished filling out the activities section of the Common App – not as easy as it looks. The have carefully described their positions in clubs and organizations, as well the depth and breadth of their participation, and...

Earlier this year, your child’s life (not to mention your own) turned upside down. . . and it remains unclear when it will completely right itself. And yet, time marches on, and deadlines remain in place, even if pushed back a bit. It was weird...

It’s hard to believe school is starting in less than a month. Time feels both compressed and incredibly sped up in a world where the normal markers of time – a summer internship, hanging out with friends, only seeing parents when they come home from...

Was your child struggling to decide whether to write about COVID-19 on their Common App personal statement?  Were you concerned the topic would be too common, that every college essay would be about the pandemic and that admissions officers would tire of reading about how...

I was delighted to be interviewed for this article addressing the coronavirus college gap year. As I state in the article, students who take an intentional and purposeful gap year can thrive, but those who take a gap year that is not well-planned can stall....