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What will the coronavirus do to your college plans?

May is typically a time when high school seniors can take a breath, having committed to their college for the next 4 years. Senioritis has definitely set in, with a lot of laughter, happiness, and a sense of accomplishment. High school is at an end. Beach week is around the corner. And soon, they will… Read more

College Admissions and the Coronavirus v.2

April 17, 2020 Since my last newsletter a few weeks ago, a lot has happened to impact high school and college students and their families.  Students – and all of us -have never experienced anything like this 2020 pandemic.  With schools closed and all events canceled, normal life has ground to a halt.  The closing… Read more

Impressed with Reed College in Portland, Oregon

Last month, raincoat in hand, I traveled to Portland, Oregon.  I definitely needed the raincoat as I walked on the campuses of the University of Oregon, Oregon State, the University of Providence, Providence State, Willamette, Lewis and Clark and Reed.  I was especially impressed with Reed, which is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences… Read more

Forget passion; instead, focus on finding your purpose!

I was sitting in my office one rainy Wednesday afternoon talking to a student new to my practice. Joe was enthusiastically answering my questions because both he and I were hoping to uncover the answer to the age-old question: “What do you want to do when you grow up.”  I oftentimes imagine myself a detective… Read more

Proud to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

I’m proud to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Night of Hope Wine Tasting Event on February 15, 2020.  Launching College Success is donating a Comprehensive College Coaching Package valued at $6,100 to the silent auction. The event is being organized by Lisa Augustine, the mother of one of my students, Aaron. He was diagnosed… Read more

And Now, We Wait!

It’s that time of the year again – a period marked with increased anxiety and nervousness. I’m speaking of the wait for college decision letters! The applications have been sent, and now it’s waiting time. No doubt this is an extremely nerve -wracking time for everyone involved. What’s a stressed- out student to do during… Read more

Changes to College Admissions Rules May Not all be Positive

At the September meeting of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), changes were made to the ethical guidelines that colleges have to adhere to when admitting students.  These changes went into effect at the end of September of this year and may impact your child’s admission experience.   The changes include: For years… Read more

Here’s what you need to know about the FAFSA!

It is that time of year again! The 2020-2021 FAFSA and CSS Profile opens on Tuesday, October 1.  The FAFSA is required to be completed by any student and parent who intends to attend college in the Fall of 2020 and will need money to pay for college.  Listed below are suggestions and facts that… Read more