College Experience

During a recent talk to high schools, Peter V. Johnson, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia University stated elegantly: “We do not admit statistics to an institution. We admit people to an educational community.” His statement defines college fit which we have been hearing more and more about these days. Student perspective on College Fit […]

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This posting is the second of a three part series on What parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP). . . but didn’t know to ask! In last week’s posting, we addressed the #3 Most common response about AP. Now, for this week, we provide 2 tips to address the #2 Most common response […]

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According to my campus tour guide, there’s “no such thing as bad weather [at Colgate] only bad clothing!” That’s important for families to hear because many students may overlook this wonderful campus because of its location/weather. Besides . . . there are tunnels to connect the buildings. Reasons to attend Colgate Colgate has a lot […]

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New students at Hamilton College get 2 things – an adviser and a reference librarian. These two people are important to the Hamilton student’s success because Hamilton is a school with no course requirements. In short, students can take courses that interest them.Students must, however, take 3 writing-intensives which is similar to most other colleges. […]

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Two years in office for a district superintendent may be acceptable. When it comes to a University President, however, two years is really no time at all. The last president of University of Virginia-Charlottesville held that office for 20 years. Dr. Teresa Sullivan, the new female president who came into office in 2010 with such […]

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My dear friend from high school attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has always spoken very highly of her college experience and its life-changing affect. In my visits to Smith over the years, I have come to realize as well that it is indeed a special place for many reasons. Occasionally, I have talked […]

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Every day I speak with parents of college bound students. They have questions and concerns about all things related to education. Through their questions,  I learn so much about what’s on their hearts and how I might be able to help them answer their question. I received an interesting question recently related to Jewish life […]

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One of my students recently returned home from school due to a concussion which occurred during wrestling practice. I was somewhat surprised to hear a) that a tall guy like him was wrestling and b) that he suffered a concussion in this sport, rather than football (his Fall sport)! We often associate concussions  with football, […]

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When I visited Olin College of Engineering a few years as, I was struck by the close-knit, creative community on this small campus adjacent to Babson College. The focus is engineering but the creative, out-of-the-box thinking seemed different from your typical engineering school. The opportunities for students to engage in research projects infused the campus […]

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