NEWSLETTER – Edition 13


1 – A rigorous high school curriculum that challenges the student.

2 – A solid grade point average in major subjects. 

3 – A healthy score on standardized tests (ACT, SAT). 

4 – Passionate involvement in a few activities that are meaningful.

5 – A well-written essay that emphasizes the student’s unique personality.

6 – Leadership inside or outside of school. 

7 – Demographic characteristics that contribute to a diverse student body.

8 – Strong recommendations.

9 – Special talents that could contribute to campus life.

10 – Intellectual curiosity.  

11 – Character & values that are conducive to being a good community member.

12 – Demonstrated interest & enthusiasm in attending a specific college.

This ranked list is based on a nationwide survey of IECA member independent educational consultants.

First, your student needs to possess some (not all!) of these characteristics. Then, your student needs to be to able to convey these key characteristics to potential colleges. That’s where I come in. It’s my job to help your student navigate the college admissions process.  Just as every college is different, so too are the criteria and priorities in each college’s admission process. In fact, one of the great advantages of working with me is my personal knowledge of these differences!   

Personal knowledge comes from research, professional resources, and experience. Some of that I share with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest resource 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’m back to referencing Jeff Selingo. In his recent book, he talks about ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ of colleges in regards to admissions. It has a lot to do with who gets accepted to what school, and in the end – who attends. It’s an interesting concept that begs some contemplation. There’s a quick video and blog post HERE that’s certainly worth your while!


I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I’m a huge TED Talk fan – but I am! This week’s great resource comes to you in several formats: a Ted Talk, a website, and a book. The resource is Angela Duckworth and her ideas on GRIT – passion and perseverance for long-term goals. In her studies, students with grit outperformed others – regardless of other dynamics such as family income and standardized test scores. Does your student have grit? If not, how can you work on that? Watch the TED Talk HERE. Plus, Duckworth’s Character Lab website has a section on building grit. Check it out HERE. And you’ll find the book details below in my Scout-ing Report.. 


SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: Tick. Tock. Time is ticking away! I would love to help you find and fund your ideal college! Truly, it is time to get started! You’ll find that my approach is individualized for your student and designed to keep all of 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: It’s never too early to start! Now is the perfect time to build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies that will help you achieve college and life goals. Plus, getting started now allows us 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.

BOOK OF THE WEEK: You already know that I’ve been on an Angela Duckworth kick this week. In her book, GRIT: The Power and Passion of Perseverance, she comes to her opinions based on research. What determines if cadets at West Point succeed? What really determines who does well at the National Spelling Bee? You might be excited to know that it’s not all genius, talent or even luck. The book has ideas you’ll want to adopt for yourself – and for your children. Give it a try! 

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