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This week’s column:

By Lee Shulman Bierer Were your spring break plans upended like everyone else's? Are you trying to figure out how to make this "voluntary" lock-down more productive? The world is off its axis and we're trying to keep up with the news of Coronavirus, but not be overwhelmed...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies It does seem to get scarier every day. More cases, more deaths and the biggest danger, continued community spread. This has prompted the government, hospitals, companies, organizations as well as colleges across the US to create contingency plans and...

By Lee Shulman Bierer Last week I started out the Financial Aid Glossary with an A-C listing thinking I would divide this up into four separate columns, but then I thought let's just share it all this week and then we can move onto some more...

By Lee Shulman Bierer Thankfully once students reach high school, they are no longer required to write the often painfully boring “what I did over my summer vacation” essay. But that doesn’t mean that what they do choose to do over summer isn’t important. One of the...

  By Lee Shulman Bierer When practicing for interviews, students need to tiptoe that fine line between bragging about their accomplishments and sharing significant information. Admissions officers want students who can think about and reflect on who they are and how they will benefit the college community they...

By Lee Shulman Bierer When I talk to parents and students, I share the following descriptors -- Passion, Responsibility, Enthusiasm, Leadership, Initiative, Maturity, Character, Perseverance, Integrity, Interpersonal Skills,  Commitment, Curiosity, Compassion, Creativity, Consistency. So what does this really mean? Passion: It's the buzzword in admissions offices. Colleges want...

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