NEWSLETTER – Edition 16


Of course, you are probably already familiar with this old adage. But have you thought about using it as a way to help your student look at the college admissions process?

One way that I do this is by encouraging students to develop a ‘Put First Things First’ habit. It’s a way of helping students prioritize and manage their time so that they focus on and complete the most important things first. Some families come to me with a college admissions book or a checklist from the internet and can’t imagine how their students are going to get everything done. First, not everything in a college admissions book or on an internet checklist applies to your particular student. Second, one bite at a time.

In my role as a college admissions consultant, I cut through the clutter of those admissions books and checklists. I help your student focus on what matters for his/her situation. No two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help! And that is just one of the reasons I am committed to sharing 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!   


Last week, I started the newsletter with this year’s admission rates from some of the nation’s most selective schools (find it HERE). This week, I include an article from the New York Times: After a Year of Turmoil, Elite Universities Welcome More Diverse Freshman Classes. Yes, test optional polices played a part. However, authentic essays addressing social justice seem to be a key factor in enrollment management this year. Find the article HERE


Keeping with my elephant-theme for today, I am inviting you to be inspired by Stephen Duneier’s TED Talk: How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals. Don’t be surprised to hear that achieving your goal requires breaking it down into manageable tasks. Find the TED Talk HERE


PEER DISCUSSION: This week, I had the opportunity to chat directly with my college consulting peers about this year’s admissions process. Collectively, we wanted to determine how this year’s results might better inform our efforts in guiding students through the next admissions cycle. Key points for the Class of 2022:

  • Essay – three separate thoughts: authentic, for the common good, social justice/awareness
  • Be prepared to address grade inflation
  • Know that Test Optional will put more focus on things like AP scores
  • Consider Early Action options
  • Get ready to show resilience
  • Understand enrollment management from the college’s perspective

If you would like to chat about any of these key points, feel free to give me a call at 405-906-7044.

COMMON APP: This week I also had the opportunity to participate in a webinar with Common App CEO & President, Jenny Rickard. My takeaways for the Class of 2022:

(1) Try the new mobile app. Everyone is raving about it!
(2) Be prepared to write specifics about how COVID affected your Junior year.
(3) Be thoughtful about the “activities” section. It might be especially challenging for this year’s applicants.

If you would like help preparing your Common App application as well as navigating the entire college admissions process, keep reading ….

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: Let me help you put first things first. I would love to help your student find and fund the ideal college! 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: Start eating the elephant now! It’s 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: Back in the 90’s, you probably read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. The basic principles still apply today: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand then to be understood, synergize, sharpen the saw. The teen version of the book is the perfect way to share these ideas with your high school students.

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