Your child got waitlisted…Now what?

Regular decision results rolled in throughout the month of March and with them confusion and uncertainty for applicants who received waitlist letters.  What does getting waitlisted mean?  How does it impact chances for admission?  What can waitlisted candidates do to strengthen their applications?  The answers to these questions, as with many aspects of college admissions, … Continue reading Your child got waitlisted…Now what?

Pomona College: Learning for the sake of learning

Among the five Claremont Colleges ("5C's"), Pomona sticks steadfastly to its identity as the "thinking" campus.  On our tour, the guide even poked fun at neighboring Claremont McKenna, where students focus on "doing rather than thinking."  Walking around campus and talking to students, you get the feeling that they derive joy from learning.  One of my … Continue reading Pomona College: Learning for the sake of learning

Canceled test dates? Keep your standardized testing skills on point

You've spent months studying for the ACT, SAT, or subject tests, only to see your planned test dates vanish from the calendar.  What should you do?  Continue the tutoring that you thought was coming to an end?  Take a break and risk having your test-taking skills get a little dull by the time you sit … Continue reading Canceled test dates? Keep your standardized testing skills on point

At Oxy, community, opportunity, and the chance to chart your own path

Last year, I wrote about Oxy and some of the features that set it apart from other liberal arts colleges.  This week, I had the chance to visit for the school's annual "Discover Occidental - Spring Preview Day for Juniors."  I found a welcoming community, abounding possibilities for students to personalize their college experience, and … Continue reading At Oxy, community, opportunity, and the chance to chart your own path

Photo’s help tell the tale at UCLA

Visit UCLA, as I did today with my youngest daughter, and you will find that the photo's you take could lead to an interesting story. For me, it started with the construction cranes, ubiquitous as we walked through the otherwise pristine campus. Without a formal tour on Presidents' Day, we relied on an old friend … Continue reading Photo’s help tell the tale at UCLA