Curating Your College List, Writing the Application Essay, College as Work, and Wondering About Colleges’ Effect On Society: New Forbes Entries

Some college application advice and some commentary. Enjoy!

College Admission Anxiety is a Systemic Problem

I haven't posted here in a while because I'm writing for my Forbes.com blog. But my most recent entries are about how the college admission system is a major cause of anxiety and pressure in kids and families. Here's the beginning of today's entry: Let's face it, the problem of college admission anxiety encompasses a … Continue reading College Admission Anxiety is a Systemic Problem

What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 2

In Part 1 and in other posts on this site, I've defined what I think a "better" college admission process is and emphasized that colleges and universities have the responsibility of reforming it. Only these institutions are  capable of making it more humane and responsive to social and educational realities current students face. Only these institutions … Continue reading What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 2

What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 1

There's plenty not to like about the way college admission has developed over the years. More due dates, more essays, more ways to cheat, more silly rankings, and more complexity in general make everyone's lives crazily complex at a time when high school seniors should be focusing on their schoolwork and activities. Everyone complains about … Continue reading What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 1

NACAC Notes, Columbus OH, 2016

Some thoughts on the latest annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. I attended several sessions, including Juan Sanchez's talk. As usual, I saw many colleagues and had a chance to catch up, even if only on the fly. I took some notes and share them here. Some of my thoughts and comments … Continue reading NACAC Notes, Columbus OH, 2016