Tips From A College Admissions Office

There are a lot of common questions in the field of college admissions: How will grades be viewed? How important are extracurriculars? How many activities should I be involved in? What can I do to prepare for my application essay? Should I take AP classes even if I...

College Visit at UNC Charlotte — A Rare Find

I can’t count the number of times I’ve told students to keep their minds open as they visit college campuses.  Living in the Houston area, I’ve had hundreds of students over the years close their minds to the University of Houston because it is the local school.  A...

Colorado College: School On A Block Schedule

Many small liberal arts colleges boast about their uniqueness, but often I struggle to distinguish one from another without using the physical location or campus features. I don’t have this problem with Colorado College; it is only of only a handful of schools on a...

The “Why blog? Why me?” Challenge

I’m new to blogging, so why would I willingly sign up for a blog challenge to write 30 posts in 30 days?  Crazy? Maybe.  But part of my answer goes back to my decision to start a blog in the first place. Why blog? My goal with this blog is to share my experience with...

Doing Things Poorly

I’m a perfectionist.  I come by it honestly.  When I was in high school my dad tore out and replaced the tile in our front hall four times until he got it just right.  So when I decided to start a college advising blog, I wanted it to be perfect.  My new website sat...