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Finding Free Money for College

“The choices you make right now will impact you for the rest of your life” ~ Kristina Ellis.  Every time that you think the price of a college education couldn’t grow more ridiculously expensive, costs go up again. As a high school counselor, I can remember sharing my concerns about the rising costs with parents ten… Read more

Stop Living Your Life Through Your Children

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unloved life of the parent.” ~ Carl Jung The memory of holding my daughter for the first time is as fresh today as it was forty years ago. As the nurse placed her in my impatient, sweaty arms, it felt as if my… Read more

Conquering the Dreaded College Admissions Essay

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston S. Churchill It’s October, and for many high school seniors, panic has begun to set in. The deadline for submitting their application is less than a month away, and they haven’t yet begun their college admissions essay. Their… Read more

Applying to College? Top 10 Factors to Consider.

It’s a rainy Thursday afternoon at the end of August 2012.   I’m sitting at my desk in the Guidance office when I receive a phone call from a frantic parent. After introducing herself, she says, all in one breath: “My son is a senior, Mrs. Keilholtz. You need to help us. He hasn’t even looked… Read more

Insights for Empty Nest Parents

The day has finally arrived.  Your child is packing her bags for college.  You have supported, guided, encouraged, nudged, and loved her through her childhood and teenage years.   Over the past year, in particular, you have toured every college on her list, agonized over her grades and SAT scores, reminded her of deadlines, completed… Read more

5 Steps NOW to Prepare for the College Admissons Process

All the books have been put away, the exams are a fading memory and rising high school seniors are breathing a collective sigh of relief.  School’s out for summer.  Time to sleep in, visit with friends, go on vacation, and, maybe even work.  Right? Wrong! If that is all that your rising senior is doing… Read more