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Virtual College Fairs this Fall

If you are a high school sophomore or junior, a Virtual College Fair is your chance to hear firsthand from admissions counselors at hundreds of colleges and universities nearby, across the country and around the world Registration for a NACAC Virtual College Fair begins in mid-August.  Parents are also invited.  Sign up at: to receive… Read more

TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST – Advice for students in the class of 2021

 As of today, July 13, 2020, there are more than 1240 colleges and universities that have joined the test optional movement for at least the next year.  It has been estimated that by the end of August 2020, more than 50% of all colleges in the United States will have a test-optional policy. The tests,… Read more

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