AdmissionStyles

Independent Educational Consultant

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

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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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.

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Policygenius

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

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

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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 ...

collegemagazine.com

What I Never Expected When I Transferred Schools - College Magazine

Sometimes it takes a second try to make things right.

collegemagazine.com Will it be easy to transfer schools? Heck no. You might even briefly regret your decision. But will it be worth it in the end? A million times yes.

er.educause.edu

Students First: Aligning Student Success Initiatives

"Students First" - George Mason is making great strides to improve the student experience! Thanks to Jeannie Brown Leonard for this enlightening and informative blog post.

er.educause.edu By aligning several unique initiatives focused on student success, George Mason University is working to create a coordinated and positive student experience.

thecrimson.com

Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes | News | The Harvard Crimson

I tell my students (and also to those when I do presentations) to mind their manners on social media, but somehow I suspect that they don't believe that the consequences actually ensue. It *does* happen! These kids were smart enough to get into Harvard, but where was their common sense?

thecrimson.com Harvard rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded explicit messages and memes in a Facebook group chat.

nbcnews.com

Commencement 2017: Our Annual Salute to This Year’s Graduating Class

I am a person who doesn't really cry at weddings, but never fail to tear up at a graduation. Congrats to all in the Class of 2017! 🎉👨‍🎓👩‍🎓

nbcnews.com NBC Nightly News takes a look at some of the best moments from this year’s commencement ceremonies across the country.

These are so creative! Congrats to all the new grads.

We are excited to see what’s next for you. Check out some of our Prime Student creative cap submissions!

grownandflown.com

Flying to College: How to Save Money and Reduce Stress

Not everyone is going to college a quick drive away. Some good advice here to those going further to plan ahead (looking at you, future Bruin!) And when it comes to summer storage, if you decide on a storage unit, make sure it's climate controlled; trust me (don't ask!! 🐭)

grownandflown.com If your teen picked a school far away, flying to college may be the best option to get there. Before you book your ticket, read these 11 tips.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

"We may live in the hood, but the hood doesn't live in us". What great determination and attitude.

INSPIRING AMERICA: "We may live in the hood -- but the hood doesn't live in us … I envision the unlimited places my children can go."

This Compton student has overcome daunting challenges and worked his way to success -- and is now heading to Oxford as a prestigious Rhodes scholar.

A dreary day on Tuesday, brightened by a fabulous info session and tour at the University of Denver.

[05/06/17]   Breaking news, courtesy of my colleague Nancy Griesemer. Very good news for those who are just not fans of SAT or ACT 🎓

The New York Times

Kids, don't try this at your school.

A college student planned to crawl through an air duct in the wee hours, sneak into an office and steal an exam.

Unfortunately his professor, a night owl, was in his office.

npr.org

4 Things We Don't Know About AP Tests

On this first day of AP testing....
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/01/525073237/four-things-we-dont-know-about-ap-tests?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170501

npr.org Nearly 3 million students take their Advanced Placement exams in the coming weeks. There's very little independent research on the benefits of these courses.

distractify.com

New York Just Made College Tuition Free For Middle-Class Students

Yay for my home state!

distractify.com It comes with a pretty genius catch.

Buzz Aldrin

‪As a young man I applied to be a Rhodes Scholar twice and was turned down both times. Just think how different my life would have been if I'd been accepted. ‬I'm sure I never would have become an astronaut much less walked on the moon. Sometimes your greatest disappointments or failures lead to your greatest success. So just remember, failure is always an option. #NoDreamIsTooHigh
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