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Celebrating Quietude

I’ve been reading Susan Cain lately.  She’s the author of "Not Leadership Material"  in the New York Times, and she’s become known as a cheerleader for quiet people, the introverts, and those who are often unnoticed. Cain says that our society has outwardly rewarded and valued those who are the opposite of quiet, the extroverts, the noisy ones, those who talk first in a group, those who are often viewed as “the leaders”. I recommend her book, Quiet: The Power of…

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Letters of Recommendation for College

Your college applications usually require one or more letters of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor. Let's take a look at why letters of recommendation matter and how to go about getting them: Colleges use these to supplement the rest of your application.  Good letters of recommendation (LOR) will strengthen your application. Specifically, the letter should support and reinforce that you can handle college-level coursework in your chosen field. Determine 3 or more teachers who know you the best. Be…

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I’ve Got an Interview! What Should I Wear?!?

What should I wear to my interview? I get that question a lot from my students regarding their admissions “interviews” (which may or may not be true interviews) or their honors interview (believe me, this one IS an interview). But the question is relevant to anyone planning to interview with admissions staff, a professor, an alum, or with a prospective employer.  It is ALWAYS a good idea to dress “appropriately” for an interview, even if it is for a lifeguard job or…

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Get More from College Admissions Fairs

Here are my tips for success as you visit local College Fairs (or College Expos) this spring and summer: 1. Arrive early so that you get a head start on the popular schools. Parking can be difficult! Allow for extra time! Admissions counselors at college fairs talk to many people in a short time, so catch the important ones early. 2. Bring with you a sheet of mailing labels (like Avery labels) on which you've printed your name, address, phone…

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