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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Teens: Protect That Great Brain of Yours!

By: Kathryn Miller

Early each summer, after students have made their final college decisions, I meet with each of my students and their parents to discuss transitioning to college.  This is an opportunity to cover any topic that may be on their minds, as well as some that may have been simmering under the surface. Parents are concerned that they have done everything right to prevent their students from "going off the rails" once they get to college and students are feeling mixed emotions about the prospect of their newfound independence.  Read more


Thursday, October 17, 2013

This Too Shall Pass

By: Kathryn Miller

As you probably know by now, the new version of the Common Application is having problems that make it less than user-friendly and can contribute to the already stressful process of submitting college applications.  One of my colleagues, Nancy Griesemer, in northern Virginia, is providing regular updates on the problems and resolutions, so I am highlighting some of those, along with my own observations to mitigate any further frustration:  Read more


Saturday, March 09, 2013

It's never too early to have "the Talk"

By: Kathryn Miller

When I meet with families, we discuss the idea of making a college choice as that old metaphor of the "three-legged stool."  The "legs" are the elements of the academics, the social environment and affordability of a college.  If something is not right, everything is out of balance.    Read more


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Some Valuable Suggestions from the Common Application

By: Kathryn Miller
The Common Application will be launching their "next generation" of applications on August 1, 2013. I will be receiving training and will keep my families updated on what to expect with the new essays and other elements of their revisions.  Read more

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The End of the Universities?

By: Kathryn Miller
You may remember that Stanford University, in the fall of 2011, announced a course in Artificial Intelligence would be available, online and free, to anyone in the world who wanted to participate. 160,000 people registered, although only 6,000 actually completed the course. This was one of the most publicized MOOCs, although Stanford, MIT, Harvard and several other prestigious universities have put up millions of dollars to found consortiums promoting this form of education.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Helping Your Student Manage College Expenses

By: Kathryn Miller

Today I responded to a prompt to answer a question on the college search site, Unigo, on how to manage college expenses.  The more I thought about it, the more I thought it should be mentioned on my website as well.  The best way to manage college expenses is to learn to manage expenses before you get there.   Read more


Monday, August 27, 2012

"Inch by Inch, It's a Cinch"

By: Kathryn Miller

It escapes me where I first heard a quote, the gist of which is, "Inch by inch, it's a cinch; yard by yard, it's really hard."  I just read and posted a terrific "USNews" article about "Healthy Study Habits for Teens", which outlines setting a schedule, eliminating distractions and breaking up larger assignments and study sessions into smaller pieces.  Read more


Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Sharpening the Saw" at the 2012 HECA Conference

By: Kathryn Miller

In his "7 Habits of Highly Effective People," author Stephen Covey invites us to "Sharpen the Saw."  We need to recharge our batteries in many ways, both personally and professionally.  I just returned from New Jersey, where I attended the conference of the Higher Education Consultants Association. This annual event gives me the opportunity to meet with valued colleagues, as well as hear from experts on college admissions and issues facing teens and their families.  Among our speakers were Luke Skurman, founder and CEO of College Prowler, and Lynn O'Shaughnessy, author of the wonderful "College Solution" blog and book.  Both offer terrific resources on the college search and are well worth a look!  Read more


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Is it all right to be "Undecided"?

By: Kathryn Miller

Nearly half of all students apply to college as “Undecided.”  Many of the students who indicate a major will change it at least once before they graduate. At 18 years old, you probably have not discovered who you are or what you want to do with the rest of your life.   Read more


Monday, November 14, 2011

A Few Helpful Hints as You Submit Your Applications

By: Kathryn Miller

Fingers are flying on keyboards across the country as students are submitting their college applications. There is a flurry of activity for Early Action and Early Decision November deadlines, but many of you still have work to do if you are applying Regular Decision.  Read more


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