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NEWSLETTER – Edition 83

29 HOURS The Common App is open and the Class of 2023 is working on all the aspects of preparing college applications. It seems like a good time to remind you about a 2020 study by Adobe. It reported that '29 hours' is the average time a student spends preparing his/her college application and essays.… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 83

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 82

COMMON APP IS OPEN! For the Class of 2023, the season of college admissions has officially begun. Yesterday, the Common Application - also known as the Common App - opened. And using this time before school starts is ideal for addressing the basics. For instance: 🔹 Go to CommonApp.org and click on the "Start your application" button… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 82

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 81

THE COLLEGE ESSAY  Application season is less than a week away - which means that the college essay is already top of mind for many rising seniors.  With admissions trends moving toward holistic reviews and away from standardized tests, the personal essay has become a more critical piece of the overall application. And yet, seniors… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 81

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 80

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER  In OKC, we're expecting a temp of 111 degrees today. How is that possible? It’s certainly that time of year. Everyone is complaining about the heat – including me. But the heat is actually a good conversation starter with my students: Does the weather impact where you want to go to… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 80

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 79

CELEBRATING MILESTONES  Last week, I was celebrating a major milestone: My oldest son got married! Grayson and Shelby married on the 4th of July, surrounded by a supportive group of family and friends. It was truly a wonderful celebration. Of course, I am excited to share that news … but I also want to tie… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 79

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 78

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: BACK TO THE BASICS  In the past couple of newsletters, I’ve written about the ways high school students might be spending their summers. In this week’s issue, I thought I would mention what I’ve been up to lately. In one word: READING. Specifically, I am going back to the basics with some of… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 78

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 77

FINDING A PASSION  What are colleges looking for when they evaluate applications from high school students? One key attribute is “passionate involvement in a few activities that are meaningful.”If you are looking for a way to help your student explore his/her interests and connect in a meaningful way to his/her passions, I have a couple… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 77

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 76

FATHERLY ADVICE: TAKE THE COLLEGE TOUR  Father’s Day is this week so, once again, Shannon asked me to share something about college admissions. This year, my decision was easier. I'm here to offer a simple piece of advice: Take the Tour.  This advice stems from a 'proud dad moment.' My daughter has been serving as an admissions tour… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 76

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 75

10 SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR ALL    Life is not all about academics. Summer is the perfect time for kids to be kids. Keep your high school students healthy and engaged with these summer activities: Read for pleasureMake time to playServe your communityGo to campGet a job or start a projectParticipate in playdates/hangoutsExercise and get outsideSleepDo… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 75

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 74

SUMMER ACTIVITIES Hip! Hip! Hooray! Summer is here! And it’s the perfect time for rising seniors to get ready for the admissions process. Check out these Top 10 Summer Activities for Rising Seniors: 1 – Write a generic admission essay. 2 – Complete one college admission application. 3 – Collect reference letters. 4 – Visit… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 74