NEWSLETTER – Edition 42


Are things getting a little harried at your house? Is your high school senior stressed about college applications? It’s definitely that time of year! They have been working so hard to complete the general sections of the Common App and polish their personal essays. And now they are being bombarded by the demands of supplemental essays. My advice: slow and steady.  

Ultimately, I view my college consultant role as one of reducing stress for your student – and for you. My job is to help you navigate the admissions process. Since I develop a plan designed specifically for your student, I am able to sort out all the unnecessary steps and excessive information. I keep you focused on the aspects that really matter. It’s why I am constantly learning. And it’s also why I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, a 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!



“Protecting Kids’ Mental Health During College Admissions” is an insightful interview with author William Deresiewicz. Serving as an English professor at Yale for more than 10 years, Deresiewicz has seen students come to campus struggling with stress, lack of purpose, and poor mental health. Often, the situation is a carry-over from high school. See what you think. Find the article HERE


From one Yale professor to another! In 2018, Yale Professor Laurie Santos introduced a new course, “Psychology and the Good Life.” The goal of the course was to address the growing mental health needs of students on campus. Specifically, the class presented students with scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life. It also examined what psychological science shows about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more. It was an immediate success. Shortly thereafter, Santos’ work was transformed into an online course and has become the most popular one in Yale’s history. This online course, The Science of Well-Being, is offered free through the platform Coursera. Find the details HERE. Plus, Santos has also created a podcast series called The Happiness Lab. You can find HERE or on iTunes. 


MORE LEARNING: Tis the season of learning! Last week was filled with webinars. One with a focus on college admissions and the arts. One on graduate school admissions. And two on helping freshmen design the high school experience and plan for college. College admissions resources are plentiful and I am eager to explore as many as possible – all in an effort to serve you better!

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Starting early is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress.  I’m here to help you 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 you are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund your ideal college experience. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

JUNIORS: Reduce stress. Work with me. Let’s have some fun and enjoy the process of college admissions. Now is actually the perfect time to start making some key decisions about your college future. I would love to help you focus on the things that matter. Let’s ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine next fall. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!              

SENIORS: Overwhelmed by the college admissions process? Give me a call! I am here to help with both! My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! And my approach is individualized for you – so it’s designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Just click the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!

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