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This week’s column:

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies If they made a movie about nailing the perfect admissions essay, the title might be: "The Good, The Bad and The Risky." The Risky Let's start with "The Risky." One of the favorite stories from admissions officers is a response to...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies College applications are out; let the careless errors begin. A sloppy college application; while one of the easiest missteps to avoid is probably among the most common mistake applicants make. Here are pitfalls you can prevent: A silly email address: If...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies When our world changes quickly and suddenly, because of things like COVID-19, it is common to experience changes in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Feelings of anxiety, fear or worry are typical in stressful situations.Everybody is anxious.  The Covid...

By Lee Shulman Bierer In the old days, a roll of quarters for the washer and dryer was considered essential. Today,  with enhanced technology, most laundry rooms take credit or debit cards and many even texts students when it’s time to transfer the wash to the...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies The playing field has essentially been leveled. Students aren't attending elite summer university programs, conducting research, participating in community service projects or mission trips, traveling to distant lands or growing in life-changing outdoor programs. Let's be real, they also...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Summer is a great time to ponder deep thoughts and right about now rising seniors should be pondering their college essays. The essay is a student’s best opportunity to set themselves apart in the college application. Their grades through junior...

By Lee Shulman Bierer If I could only give every family one piece of advice about college admissions and the college application process it would be this: Dare to be different. Be different from the beginning – don’t wait like so many other people until...

By Lee Shulman Bierer       Every year more and more students and parents talk to me about the pros and cons of a gap year experience. This year, given the current situation with Covid-19, more families are seriously considering other options besides heading off to a college...

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