LEE SHULMAN BIERER Photo by Amanda Nguyen, collegetownnc.com I received an interesting telephone call midmorning this past Friday from a student of mine, a senior whom I worked with over the last two years. She already knows she’ll be attending an out-of-state university this fall. After our initial greetings,...

Letters of recommendation carry varying weight, depending on the perspective of the college or university and who writes them. The more selective colleges may ask for two or three recommendation letters. Questions abound: Who should you ask? What are they used for? Where do they...

Recently I had a funny ironic moment with a student. We were reviewing his Common Application essay. He had chosen to respond to Prompt # 4 – Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a...

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