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AdmissionStyles helps high school students and their families navigate the college admissions process. We provide assistance with college search and selection, essay writing, application completion, interview prep and basic guidance with financial aid and scholarships. Associate Member IECA Member HECA and PCACAC

huffpost.com

Why I Dropped Out Of An Ivy League College 3 Weeks Into Freshman Year

“More importantly, I no longer feel an extreme sense of urgency to have it ‘all figured out’.”
I applaud this young woman’s ability to listen to her inner voice and act on it before things could have gone very differently.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/asian-american-ivy-league-college-dropout_n_5db061eee4b0a7dbe8e28816

huffpost.com I was following the promise of fortune and success as defined by my parents.

nytimes.com

After a College Applicant Hits ‘Send’

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/well/family/college-applications-parents-children-advice.html?searchResultPosition=1

nytimes.com Regardless of outcome, the application process itself forces the kind of growth parents dream of.

washingtonpost.com

Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply

Well, this is eye-opening. This is definitely worth a read if you have a student applying to college now or in the near future.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/14/colleges-quietly-rank-prospective-students-based-their-personal-data/?fbclid=IwAR2XDQ4XhAcTf6SIcSIpO-lSa_87eMhSvmXiSIrqGu854ajJzuVvvua4Ipg&wpisrc=al_special_report__alert-tech--alert-national&wpmk=1

washingtonpost.com Records reviewed by The Washington Post show that at least 44 public and private universities in the United States work with outside consulting companies to collect and analyze data on prospective students, either by tracking their Web activity or formulating predictive scores to measure each studen...

wsj.com

ACT to Allow Students to Retake Parts of College Entrance Exam

Well, this could be a game changer
https://www.wsj.com/articles/act-to-allow-students-to-retake-parts-of-college-entrance-exam-11570518000?fbclid=IwAR2jwUEYo0od5C7RGlLFkYdXPIcg5kTwJn1nMcum33nU-aSoID-zlqx7T7Q

wsj.com The ACT plans to let students retake the portions of the test that they are unhappy with, as admissions face greater scrutiny.

[09/26/19]   Some sage admissions advice from those who know it best. 🎓

theatlantic.com

Colleges Would Rather Freshmen Not Choose Their Roommates

When I went to college, it was random selections for roomies. Now it’s trending back that way. What do you think about this?
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/08/colleges-dont-want-freshmen-choosing-their-roommates/596803/

theatlantic.com Though many new students want to choose for themselves, schools prefer to use dorms as a way to introduce young adults to new perspectives.

nytimes.com

Advice to My College Freshman

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/well/family/advice-to-my-college-freshman.html?fbclid=IwAR2UKCVKFGIQeHOi8TsYNwBG7EG-1DBy6kK80b7YkU2Elr2VKrjx81UjDYg

nytimes.com Don’t take other people’s Adderall. Granola bars have a lot of sugar. The stamp goes in the upper right-hand corner of the envelope.

blog.opentable.com

OpenTable Reveals 25 Best College Towns for Foodies 2019

It’s all about the food 😋
https://blog.opentable.com/2019/back-to-school-opentable-reveals-25-best-college-towns-for-foodies-2019/

blog.opentable.com With fall and the start of school on the horizon, OpenTable is pleased to reveal the 25 best college towns for foodies 2019.

Even the gloomy weather couldn’t hide how beautiful Holy Cross’s campus is.

Clark University. I found out today that if a student completes their undergrad degree - all four years - at Clark, they are eligible to stay for a fifth year to complete their masters degree for free!

First day of a two day post-conference tour. Despite yukky weather, had three great visits at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clark University, and Holy Cross College. Tomorrow: Boston College and Wellesley.
WPI:

roanoke.com

Some incoming Virginia Tech freshmen offered money to delay start in effort to relieve enrollment strain

And another Virginia university makes news today -
https://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/some-incoming-virginia-tech-freshmen-offered-money-to-delay-start/article_6ed2a7b2-3b31-500a-a810-e3f968866c3b.html

roanoke.com Virginia Tech is offering some incoming students money to not attend the university for up to a year — a move that comes in the wake of an over-enrollment crunch.

news.virginia.edu

UVA Adds Early Decision Option for Prospective Applicants

A big change for students applying to UVA
https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-adds-early-decision-option-prospective-applicants

news.virginia.edu Read on to learn about the pros and cons of early decision, early action and regular decision.

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

Academy Applications open today to students wishing to pursue a Congressional nomination to one of our nation’s military academies.

Visit my website for the application and to find out more about when we'll be hosting Academy Day in #VA10.

virginia529.com

Final Prepaid529 Tuition Program Enrollment Period Closes April 30 | Virginia529

I realize this is very last minute - but if you were considering utilizing the Virginia Pre-Paid tuition program, TODAY (April 30th) is the last day to enroll before the program closes PERMANENTLY. Note that this does not affect the Virginia 529 Plan, only the pre-paid one. Details in this notice:
https://www.virginia529.com/newsroom/final-prepaid529-tuition-program-enrollment-period-closes-april-30/

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usnews.com

What to Look For When Hiring a College Consultant

usnews.com A consultant should help reduce anxiety for parents and students during the college admissions process.

policygenius.com

Policygenius

How To Find a College Adviser Who Won't Get You Arrested

https://www.policygenius.com/blog/how-to-find-a-college-advisor/?fbclid=IwAR0B5OtOCJ-AZjXbp3H63IqYJztWTu5KunYyUACJGWaTUiJY1i_IuGU89nA

Proud to be a Professional Member of IECA (and also of HECA).

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washingtonpost.com

Perspective | My dilemma as a college essay coach: How to walk the fine line between helping and cheating

A good description of appropriate essay guidance in the era of the Varsity Blues scandal. There are plenty of moral and ethical individuals in this business (I count AdmissionStyles among them!); the “bad apples” are the exception.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/03/15/my-dilemma-college-essay-coach-how-walk-fine-line-between-helping-cheating/

washingtonpost.com I'm caught between parents who expect fast results for their money, and the knowledge that the work needs to come from the students themselves.

washingtonpost.com

Rejections hurt. Here’s how to help your child during college-acceptance season.

✅ De-emphasize “first choice” idea
✅Expand notions of acceptable options
✅Identify what is in your control and focus on that
As my sister-in-law told me years ago when Child 1 was applying to college “He will love the school that loves him.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/rejections-hurt-heres-how-to-help-your-child-during-college-acceptance-season/2019/03/04/a777414e-3932-11e9-a06c-3ec8ed509d15_story.html

washingtonpost.com Face it: Your child will probably get a “no.” How will you help them move on?

You don't need to be a Mensa member to apply for this scholarship! Deadline is January 15th.

Less than two months until the application deadline! Please share to spread the word about this scholarship opportunity!

Applerouth Tutoring Services

How would your student score? FREE official SAT or ACT practice test + private consult to create your student’s custom prep plan during Applerouth's Test Prep Kickoff.

slate.com

Parents, Stop Decorating Your Kid’s Freshman Dorm With Fluffy Rugs and Big-Screen TVs

What do you think about those "glam" dorm rooms? Mine (way back in the dark ages) was about as far from glam as you could get!

slate.com Put down that faux-fur pillow.

nytimes.com

Opinion | How to Get the Most Out of College

Spot-on advice from Frank Bruni!
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/17/opinion/college-students.html

nytimes.com They’re privileged, pivotal years. Navigate them with as much care as you did the path that got you there.

washingtonpost.com

Pencils down: Major colleges stop requiring essay test for admission

Not with everyone, but more and more I am able to tell students that they can skip the essay part of the ACT or SAT, which makes them very happy!
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/on-the-way-out-essay-testing-for-admissions-loses-favor-with-major-colleges/2018/07/10/425ad372-812a-11e8-b9a5-7e1c013f8c33_story.html

washingtonpost.com Stanford and Princeton universities are the latest to drop the standardized writing exam.

The New York Times

What a fantastic legacy.

A frugal legal secretary from Brooklyn, who rode the subway to one law firm for 67 years, quietly amassed a fortune. At 96, she left $8 million for college scholarships.

loudountimes.com

Joe May gifts $5M to Virginia Tech for five-year pilot program for first generation students

Thank you, Joe May!

loudountimes.com Joe May, founder of Leesburg-based EIT, has long been known for his service, first as a sergeant in the Army and later as a politician representing Loudoun in the Virginia

[05/01/18]   I love seeing the list of commencement speakers! Here's this year's list of some of the more notable ones. Do you remember yours? (I don't!) I'm looking forward to being at Oberlin graduation and hearing David Sedaris and seeing my son graduate! 👨‍🎓

Carthage College – Jon Meacham
College of William & Mary – Mark Warner
Dartmouth University – Mindy Kaling
Drew University – John Leguizamo
Drexel University – M. Night Shyamalan
Duke University – Tim Cook
Franklin & Marshall University – Cory Booker
Harvard University – John Lewis
High Point University – Josh Groban
Kent State University – Michael Keaton
Kenyon College – Nate Silver
Liberty University – Jimmy Carter
Loyola Marymount University – Ronan Farrow
MIT – Sheryl Sandberg
NYU – Justin Trudeau
Oberlin College – David Sedaris
Princeton University – Cory Booker
Radford University – Tim Kaine
Rice University – Michael Bloomberg
Springfield College – Anna Quindlen
Tulane University – Jesmyn Ward
UCLA – Mayim Bialik
University of Maryland – Al Gore
University of Pennsylvania – Andrea Mitchell
University of Southern California – Deepak Chopra
University of Virginia – Chris Long
USC Annenberg School – Oprah Winfrey
Virginia Military Institute – Rex Tillerson
Virginia Tech – Ralph Northam
Yale University – Hillary Clinton

princetonreview.blog

It Is Time To Eliminate the SAT and ACT Optional Essays

I don’t think the optional essay portion will be around much longer - which I am sure will make many students very happy.
https://princetonreview.blog/2018/03/18/it-is-time-to-eliminate-the-sat-and-act-optional-essays/

princetonreview.blog While over 70% of students taking the SAT and more than 50% taking the ACT opt in to the essay, not even 2% of colleges require an essay score. Students and taxpayers are sending tens of millions …

wsj.com

If You Want Your Child to Succeed, Don’t Sell Liberal Arts Short

https://www.wsj.com/articles/if-you-want-your-child-to-succeed-dont-sell-liberal-arts-short-1520030546

wsj.com Critical-thinking skills are useful in any profession, and not all classes are obscurantist or politicized.

sierraclub.org

The Top 20 Coolest Schools

Colleges leading the way in sustainability and living "green"

https://www.sierraclub.org/fia/top-20-coolest-schools?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=coolschoolsintro&utm_campaign=sierramag

sierraclub.org These schools are ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability.

tastingtable.com

The Best College Town Food in Every U.S. State

Because we all know that it’s really all about the food....😋

tastingtable.com Here's where to find the best college town food in all 50 states, whether you're off to school, visiting as an alum or just looking for a delicious road trip.

washingtonpost.com

Perspective | 11 misconceptions about paying for college

A good summary of how financial aid works - for better or worse.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/12/15/11-misconceptions-about-paying-for-college/?utm_term=.6a593d78ab8a

washingtonpost.com It's financial aid time. Here's what you need to know.

huffingtonpost.com

College Admission Disappointment: A Parents' Guide To The Holidays

I have received many joyful texts and emails this week, but also a few containing disappointing news. This article is a good one for parents and students who may not have gotten the happy news they were hoping for.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/college-admission-disappointment-a-parents-guide_us_5877aaa5e4b086a337b6f6d9

huffingtonpost.com I can viscerally remember the excitement leading up to Christmas day as a child. My wish list to Santa would be drawn up and refined well before t...

New Statewide Bus Route ‘Virginia Breeze’ to Start December 1

Great news for students at Virginia Tech, JMU, and other schools along I-81 corridor.

virginia.ourcommunitynow.com Virginia Breeze, -a new bus route between Washington D.C. and Blacksburg, is set to begin providing service on December 1.

psychologytoday.com

Home for the Holidays

My big take-away is how big my Costco bill is before break :)
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/social-lights/201611/home-the-holidays?utm_content=bufferb6c51&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

psychologytoday.com What to expect when college kids come home for break

nytimes.com

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

Students get plenty of advice about picking a major. It turns out, though, that most of it is from family and friends, according to a September Gallup survey. Only 11 percent had sought guidance from a high school counselor, and 28 percent from a college adviser. And most didn’t think that the advice was especially helpful. Maybe it’s because much of the conventional thinking about majors is wrong.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/education/edlife/choosing-a-college-major.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F

nytimes.com Not all philosophy majors wind up as baristas, and not all engineers get rich. Here’s what you need to know before making this big decision.

Don't be these guys! EA/ED deadlines (many of them) are tomorrow! And have a Happy Halloween :)

nypost.com

Crazy parents are calling up colleges, pretending to be their kids

"“When the professor got the homework back, it was written in a completely different [voice]. It was clear the mother had done the assignment,”

I've seen an uptick in this with college admission essays as well. How do they not see that they are doing their kids a disservice with all of their "help"?

http://nypost.com/2017/10/15/crazy-parents-are-calling-up-colleges-pretending-to-be-their-kids/

nypost.com Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has always been ahead of her time. As first lady, she brought unprecedented glamour to the White House, setting the standard for modern political spouses. In the fashion …

nytimes.com

Opinion | The Real Campus Scourge

So, what's the solution? I think getting involved in something right off the bat - clubs, sports, pre-orientation event - can establish some friendships and help stave off the loneliness and isolation that so many students feel. What do you think?

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/opinion/sunday/college-freshman-mental-health.html?mabReward=CTS2&recid=88234f08-ef88-40d1-5ec9-09f54d476733&recp=1&action=click&pgtype=Homepage®ion=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine&_r=0&referer=http://m.facebook.com

nytimes.com Op-Ed ColumnistThe Real Campus ScourgeSHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2xFDPVXShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelBen WisemanSeptember 2, 2017Frank BruniAcross the country, college freshmen are settling into...

nytimes.com

Don’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/books/review/you-can-do-anything-george-anders-liberal-arts-education.html?mcubz=1&referer=http://m.facebook.com

nytimes.com NonfictionDon’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You.SHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2vRFqJlShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelJennifer HeuerBy TIMOTHY AUBRYAugust 21, 2017YOU CAN DO ANYTHI...

Make it a great year!
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nytimes.com

How to Thrive in an Empty Nest

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/well/family/how-to-thrive-in-an-empty-nest.html

nytimes.com The transition to college can be an opportunity for growth for parents as well as students.

weforum.org

The 25 best US colleges for students who want to change the world

weforum.org The Princeton Review has ranked the top schools in the United States for making an impact.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l_echWxZjiIB84...

Common Application Boot Camp

AdmissionStyles and Creative College Connections announce a new summer workshop for rising seniors who want to get a jump on their college applications!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l_echWxZjiIB84... Get a head start and go back to school with much of the work of applying to colleges completed. Hannah Serota of Creative College Connections and Lee Styles of AdmissionStyles College Counseling are joining forces to hold a workshop on August 12th to help you on your way. We will provide an ...

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