NEWSLETTER – Edition 12


Feeling refreshed from spring break? Ready to get to work on college admissions? If you have a high school sophomore or junior – now is the perfect time to start building the infamous college list.

The college list begins with your hopes and dreams. But keep in mind that the list is fluid. It’s my job to help you explore lots of options. I will introduce you to unique programs. I will guide you in determining which schools are ‘likely,’ ‘target,’ and ‘reach’ for your student. I will provide insights that allow you evaluate campus life on a variety of levels. And I will help you consider the financial aspects of each college choice.     

In working with me, the development of the college list is tailored specifically to your student. It’s just one part of the overall college admissions process. Each week, I try to share new information about college admissions with you through my newsletter. Here 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! 


Instead of a written article, how about a podcast this week? NPR’s This American Life with Ira Glass looks at various ways the pandemic has affected going to college this year – including test optional policies and tuition concerns. Glass is joined by Paul Tough, an author and speaker on topics including education, parenting, equity, and student success. Find the podcast HERE.  


Okay, this is cool!  The New York Times is looking for college essays about money, work, or social class. If your essay grabs their attention, they may publish it. This call for essays only pertains to those submitting applications for Fall 2021 admission. The deadline for sharing your essay with The New York Times is Monday, April 26. Find the details HERE


SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: Seriously! It’s time to get started!  Give me a call. Let’s chat about how I can help you navigate the admissions process so that you actually find it enjoyable. 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! 

8TH AND 9TH GRADERS: 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.

MY COLLEGE VISIT: Do you recognize the college in the heading of this week’s newsletter? The College of Charleston has been on my mind. Once referenced as ‘quaint,’ this historic college has leveraged its location to build a variety of powerhouse programs that are worth the out-of-state trek. See my visit notes HERE.

BOOK OF THE WEEK: While your kids were on spring break this past week, I took a break as well. That means I picked up the recently released novel by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman, Girls with Bright Futures. It’s the story of cutthroat college admissions on every level. Stressed students. Competitive parents. The frenzy fueled by opportunities to excel – each with an exorbitant price tag. And, of course, the allure of top-tier colleges. It seems crazy ridiculous, but I think there is some level of truth in every character. I loved reading the suspense, but let’s definitely leave that drama in the world of fiction!

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