Summer Activities: Dispelling Myths about What Matters and What Doesn’t

Parents and students harbor many misconceptions about summer activities.  Avoid the trap of thinking that your child has to do something that looks prestigious or makes him stand out.  Instead, let him pursue whatever interests him, even if it lies around the corner.  A client of mine had reservations about letting her son, an aspiring … Continue reading Summer Activities: Dispelling Myths about What Matters and What Doesn’t

FAQ: How does prioritizing family and friends over extracurriculars look to admissions officers?

Our daughter, in 12th grade, has an outstanding academic record and accompanying letters of recommendation; however, she has not participated in a single extracurricular activity in high school.  She made this decision consciously, as she said that she wanted to spend quality time with her family and friends before she left for college.  How will … Continue reading FAQ: How does prioritizing family and friends over extracurriculars look to admissions officers?

FAQ: My son works to pay for video games

My son works 20 hours a week to pay for his car.  This job takes up all of his time outside of school and leaves him little opportunity to get involved in other activities.  Will admissions officers understand and accept the way in which he has chosen to spend his time or will his lack of … Continue reading FAQ: My son works to pay for video games

FAQ: Will personal interests (not tied to organized activities) strengthen my child’s application?

Our eleventh-grade daughter has multiple interests outside of her schoolwork.  She pursues these interests independently and not through organized activities.  She practices yoga in our basement for two hours every day, for example, and has notebooks filled with short stories and poetry.  Will these personal interests help her when she applies to college or will admissions … Continue reading FAQ: Will personal interests (not tied to organized activities) strengthen my child’s application?

FAQ: If my daughter’s school offers only a few extracurriculars, should she supplement those with out-of-school activities?

My daughter's New York City public high school is small and offers only two organized school clubs.  She participates in them both.  Does she need to sign up for additional activities outside of school to gain admission to a highly selective college? Maybe yes, maybe no.  Let's assume your daughter's academic record and standardized test … Continue reading FAQ: If my daughter’s school offers only a few extracurriculars, should she supplement those with out-of-school activities?