NEWSLETTER – Edition 8


Do you have a high school junior? If so, it’s time to start thinking about the Common App essay. The essay is part of the overall Common Application—an online application you can use to apply to more than 900 colleges. Each year, more than one million students apply to college using the Common App. If your student is applying to more than one college, the Common App makes the process much easier. And this past week, the Common App released the essay prompts that the high school class of 2022 will use to apply for college. So, it’s time to at least take a look at the prompts and start formulating a plan. 

My job as a consultant is to help you navigate the admissions process. My experience with the process allows me to share crucial information and valuable advice. You can research and find your own information, but my weekly newsletter is designed highlight the news you need to know. I read the books, research the articles, pursue the opportunities, explore the options – all so that you don’t have to do so on your own. In today’s weekly update, you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest story you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me! 


I have two articles to share this week as everyone is already thinking about the next admissions cycle. The first article is from Forbes Magazine, and looks at “2021 College Admissions Predictions.” Enrollment trends. The future of virtual. Testing. Access. Find these interesting perspectives HERE

The second article is providing a sneak peek at the application deadlines for those attending college in the fall of 2022. It also provides some basic information on the differences between early decision, early action, and regular decision. Find the article HERE

If your student is a current junior or sophomore, now is the time to start thinking about the college admissions process. Give you and your student time to really explore the options. If you want some help, please feel free to contact me


“2021-2022 Common App Essay Prompts” is a blog post by Common App. It notes the new prompt, and restates the existing prompts. Go ahead and bookmark the post so that you have easy access to all seven prompts until the new application cycle goes live around August 1st. Find the post HERE. Note: There is also a link to information regarding the COVID-19 question (which is optional to address). This question falls under the Additional Information section of the application, and it is where the student can explain the impact COVID-19 has had on him/her, his/her family, and his/her learning environment. 


CALLING ALL JUNIORS: It’s the perfect time to start thinking about the college admissions process. Let’s start now. Let’s be intentional. Let’s explore all the options. Let’s find the ideal college experience for your student. And then let’s find a way to fund it! And when I say “let’s,” I mean that I would love to help! I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about how I can help you navigate the admissions process and actually enjoy the journey. My role is to reduce stress for you and your student. Don’t know where to start? Have too many resources at your fingertips but aren’t really sure which ones are necessary or even useful? That’s where my experience and expertise are at their best. My approach is individualized for your student and designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today! 

ROAD MAP SESSIONS: Do you have an eighth or ninth grader? Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help your student build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that your student is positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund his/her ideal college experience. If you want to learn more about the Road Map Session, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Have you decided to do the admissions process on your own but need help finding scholarships? I’m here to help you identify and apply for scholarships geared specifically for your student’s experience, interests, and strengths. The button below is specifically for help with finding scholarships. Let’s connect and find some funds! 

GAP YEAR EXPLORATION: Edition 7 of the Scout Newsletter was all about gap years. You can link to it HERE. And if you want to know how to create a meaningful gap year experience, I would love to help! Use the button below to connect with me and we’ll get to work! 

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Since Common App has me focused on essay writing this week, it seems logical to break out Ethan Sawyer’s College Essay Essentials. Personally, I don’t like for my students to get all anxious about writing THE college essay. That’s one of the reasons I like to start the process early – so that there’s plenty of time to contemplate various ideas. But if you’re looking for guidance, most people in my business consider Sawyer to be the expert on the topic of essay writing. In my opinion, the most helpful sections of the book are the brainstorming exercises and the details regarding the various types of essay structure. Good tools even for the seasoned writer!

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