The End, Maybe, of Apocalyptic Thinking

The Crabby Counselor calmly tackles the stress of applying to college. Kids, kids, kids: Crabby knows this is a tough time all over for you. Senior year, big plans, all those socially awkward moments and photos you'll be hiding from your own children in twenty years...But, still--applying to college shouldn't be a full-time job, and … Continue reading The End, Maybe, of Apocalyptic Thinking

The Crabby Counselor Talks About the Best-Laid Plans

Trying to groom children for particular outcomes (colleges, especially) is a fool's errand and Robert Burns knows it.

Crabby Counselor Talks to High School Principals

You think you've got problems? Don't get me started.I know you have plenty to deal with day to day and I don't want to rain on your parade, but when you tell me I provide a "service" and then expect me to perform like a salesman, you can't expect a cheery smile, that's for sure. … Continue reading Crabby Counselor Talks to High School Principals

The Crabby Counselor Talks to Parents

Dear Moms and Dads, The college application season is upon us and I wanted to offer a few tips to keep things on an even keel between you and your sons and daughters as the process wears on. I speak to you with the benefit of many years as a high school teacher, college admission … Continue reading The Crabby Counselor Talks to Parents

Just a few recommendations

No fire and/or brimstone about anything or anyone this time, just some credit where credit is due. (A slightly different version of this entry can also be found on NACAC's website at Admitted Blog)Coming from the college side of college admission, I didn’t realize how much counseling was involved in college counseling until I started … Continue reading Just a few recommendations