The College App Process: A Common Sense Approach

I’m thrilled to share my recent article on the college application process that made the cover of Arlington Magazine! I interviewed lots of great experts — college counselors, college essay coaches, admissions officers, and students who have recently completed the process.

My aim was to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety families feel and help them to navigate the process successfully, realistically, and wisely. Please forward the article to any friends and families who are going through or will go through this challenging time. Much appreciated!

Your Concise Guide to the College Application Process!

Stressed out by the college application process?

Don’t miss my latest article in Arlington magazine for a step-by-step guide to this often confusing and frustrating process. I interviewed dozens of students, parents, admission officers, college essay coaches, and college admission counselors to get their best advice for you.

Organized chronologically, my article emphasizes a common sense, low stress approach to finding the best fit for any student.

Find Arlington magazine on newsstands, book stores, and grocery stores throughout Arlington, VA, including Lebanese Taverna Market, Bayou Bakery, Covet, and Cassatt’s. I’ll post a link when it’s live.

My Annual Free Talk on Writing YOUR College Essay!

Stressed out about college essays? Not sure what to write about or how best to do it?

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll give my annual, one-hour talk on how to write YOUR college essay on May 21st at 7 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA. All are welcome, but high school juniors and their parents will find it most helpful.

And, yes, it’s absolutely free! Giving this talk is my way of sharing my writing know-how with my cherished community. Most high schools don’t include any instruction on writing personal essays, so many students feel ill-equipped to handle these probing essay questions that demand introspection and story-telling skills. During my talk, I’ll share writing tools you can use to capture that admission officer’s attention and make yourself memorable. I’ll pay special attention to hooks and share some powerful examples from some of my former students’ essays.

I’ve guided hundreds of local students and three of my own children through the essay process and can help you, too! Wherever you are in the college application process, you’ll find my talk tremendously helpful and calming. And, if you decide you’d like more time with me, I still have openings for essay coaching in the 2017-18 season. (I did have to turn students away last year, so please let me know shortly after my talk if you’re interested.)

Yes, most admissions officers truly want to connect to you. Help them by sharing your best insights about yourself in the strongest words possible. Hope to see you in my audience on May 21st!

And please come early — it’s been standing room only the last few years.

Read On… and On and On

BoWbookpileThis particular article in Arlington Magazine is near to my heart. I’m a huge reader and think the world would be a kinder, calmer place if everyone read more. And research shows that regular readers live longer, are less stressed, and earn more money than those who rarely read. Wow! (Read my article below for the details. Here’s the link to the research on living longer, which came out after my article went to press.)

In addition, instilling a habit of reading into your children is THE BEST way to prepare them for the testing culture of SATs, ACTs, SAT II’s, and many Advanced Placement tests.

So how do you encourage your child to become a reader? Read on, dear reader.