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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Common Application's 2017-2018 Essay Prompts

(Written by Lori McCormick) The Common Application recently announced they made revisions and updates to their essay prompts for 2017-2018. Below are the new...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 22, 2017
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Planning for College Tours

(written by Lori McCormick) I am reposting a blog article about visiting colleges for those who are planning college tours during Spring Break. Spring and...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 26, 2017
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The Common Application: essay advice from the source

(from the Common Application's Counselor's email listserve) This year the Common Application revised and rolled out (some) new essay prompts....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 23, 2017
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Spring College Fairs

(written by Lori McCormick) Spring is a perfect time for students starting to think about college to attend college fairs. ==B Why should I attend a college...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 10, 2018
There are no comments yet. 6435 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Spring Break college touring

(written by Lori McCormick) Students and families might use the opportunity of Spring Break to visit colleges. Some students are visiting to decide if they will...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 22, 2018
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Letting go

(written by Lori McCormick) My youngest, a kindergartener, is learning to tie his shoes, and I so desperately want to do it for him. Partly because it will speed...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 21, 2018
There are no comments yet. 5740 Views

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Building a college list

(Written by Lori McCormick) Public, private, urban, suburban, rural, small, medium, large, research opportunities, liberal arts, East Coast, West Coast, somewhere...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 30, 2018
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Honesty is the Best Policy

Many students are applying to their early application colleges this week. When it comes to essays, my job as an independent admissions counselor is to help students...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 31, 2018
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Summer Programs – the Pros and Cons

(Written by Lori McCormick, Marc Thompson and Rebecca Bjorklund from College Advising Team) Colleges across the country offer an assortment of pre-college programs...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 31, 2019
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

College Tours

(Written by Lori McCormick) With spring break college tour planning underway, parents and students, here are some questions commonly addressed during college...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 18, 2019
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Harvard changes Advanced Standing program

Farewell, AP and IB college credit. Starting in fall 2020, Harvard University will no longer recognize pre-matriculated credits from student's high school...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 1, 2019
There are no comments yet. 5417 Views

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National Decision Day

(written by Lori McCormick) Today is National Decision Day! What this means is that today is the deadline for high school students to commit to their college....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 1, 2019
There are no comments yet. 4104 Views

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Thank Your Counselors. It's National School Counseling Week

Written by John Raftrey Today kicks off National School Counseling Week in the United States. Please, everybody, do two things this week: 1) Stop by your...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 3, 2020
There are no comments yet. 3686 Views

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National Decision Day

(Written by Lori McCormick) March tends to be a busy month for students (and families!) anxiously waiting for the final round of college acceptance notifications....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 1, 2020
There are no comments yet. 2530 Views

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Colleges still accepting applications

(Written by Lori McCormick) Did you apply to college and are not satisfied with your outcomes? Did you have a change of heart and decide you want to apply...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 5, 2020
There are no comments yet. 4316 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Common Application and COVID-19

(written by Lori McCormick) The Common Application, which is used by over 800 colleges, is adding a new question to their 2020-2021 application this upcoming...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 13, 2020
There are no comments yet. 7756 Views

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Judge Rules UC's Cannot use SAT/ACT in Admissions This Year

Alameda Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman today issued a preliminary injunction preventing the UC's from using test scores in determining admission or scholarship...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 1, 2020
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STORIES OF HOPE

Reader Guest Post: Life's Map

==I This entry comes from a reader of the blog, who has kindly and compassionately written the following piece about her own experience with losing a loved one....

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Apr. 16, 2018
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Commonality, and the Dignity of the Peculiar

==I This piece is the fifth in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jul. 30, 2018
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Learning Disabilities and the Struggle to Be Known

==I This piece is the seventh in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Oct. 15, 2018
There are no comments yet. 5254 Views
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