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This week’s column:

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies What do colleges want to know about you? That’s a good place to start when you’re brainstorming your college essay. You know colleges don’t want you to tell your life story in 500 words. But, you keep pestering yourself...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Don't be one of those college students that ends up on the evening news because they didn't take the pandemic seriously. Listen to the doctors and school administrators about dealing with Covid. But, read further in today's column about dealing...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Before you hit submit for that November 1 Early Decision (ED) deadline, consider this: Early Decision is binding. That means that if you are accepted, you must go. That’s a great option if the college you’re applying to is your...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Pride and angst, very likely more angst than pride this year as families drop off their budding freshmen for a definitively non-traditional college experience. How many FaceBook posts have you seen this last week where families are sharing their  mixed...

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...

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