Athletic recruiting in the context of COVID-19

On May 5, 2020, I had the privilege of talking with lifelong college and professional soccer coach Catherine Gordon about what student-athletes can do in the midst of their disrupted athletic seasons and showcases to stay on track for athletic recruiting. Highlights of our discussion appear below, in edited and condensed form. Scroll down to … Continue reading Athletic recruiting in the context of COVID-19

Determining your child’s level of skill and how it can help in the college admissions process

Colleges and universities have diverse needs that people with skill and talent in multiple areas help them meet.  The symphony orchestra may need a bassoonist, for example, and varsity soccer may be losing a goalie to graduation.  Getting flagged as a recruit can give your child an edge in the admissions process, although it does … Continue reading Determining your child’s level of skill and how it can help in the college admissions process

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?

Determining your child’s level of extracurricular accomplishment and how it can help in the college admissions process

Colleges and universities have diverse needs that people with accomplishments in multiple areas help them meet.  The symphony orchestra may need a first violin, for example, and the football team may be losing defensive linemen to graduation.  Getting flagged as a recruit can give your child an edge — known in admissions as a "hook" — in … Continue reading Determining your child’s level of extracurricular accomplishment and how it can help in the college admissions process