When Writing College Essays, Read the Prompt

By |2023-11-08T21:23:04+00:00November, 1, 2023|College Admissions, College Applications, College Essays, College Research|

Have you ever sent a text or email asking someone two simple questions, such as “What day and time would you like to meet?” only to get a response which provides just one of the answers? It happens to me frequently. Not reading these sorts of questions carefully and failing [...]

Fall is College Fair Season

By |2023-09-14T17:07:21+00:00September, 12, 2023|College Research|

I recently attended an event where everyone was asked to introduce themselves and to say their favorite thing about fall.  Common answers included changing leaves, cooler temperatures, various types of pumpkin foods, and Halloween.  But for high school students (and their parents), fall should bring to mind another important occurrence: [...]

Understanding Demonstrated Interest

By |2023-09-13T16:12:57+00:00September, 7, 2023|College Admissions, College Applications, College Essays, College Fit, College Research, College Visits|

When colleges consider applicants, they are interested in several factors. At the majority of institutions, the most important factors are whether students challenged themselves in high school and took the most rigorous classes available to them, as well as their GPA. But, colleges consider other factors too, such as letters [...]

College Admissions Lessons from Netflix’s Never Have I Ever

By |2023-06-27T15:35:30+00:00June, 27, 2023|College Admissions, College Applications, College Fit, College Research, College Visits|

I recently finished watching the fourth and final season of Never Have I Ever on Netflix.  The show chronicles how the main character, Devi Vishwakumar, and her friends navigate the academic, social, and romantic challenges of high school. In the fourth season, Devi is a senior at a public high [...]

Colorado Colleges: A Great Education in the Great Outdoors

By |2022-07-05T23:13:07+00:00July, 6, 2022|College Research, College Visits|

Recently, I visited seven Colorado colleges in about two and a half days. Yes, it was exhausting. No, I don’t recommend visiting that many schools in that amount of time. That said, if beautiful scenery, access to the great outdoors, and superb academic programs sound appealing, you should consider a [...]

Discovery College Consulting Featured on Money.com

By |2022-05-31T19:56:30+00:00May, 31, 2022|College Fit, College Research, College Visits|

I was interviewed by money.com (formerly Money Magazine) for an article called, "4 Tips for Finding the Best College for You."  Specifically, I was asked about how students can use campus visits to determine if a college is a good fit. The article was included in Money's "Best Colleges" feature [...]

NYC Colleges: Something for Everyone

By |2022-05-03T21:08:20+00:00March, 9, 2022|College Fit, College Research, College Visits|

Perhaps you’ve decided going to college in New York City would be a perfect fit. Between the bright lights of Broadway, hundreds of museums and galleries, every type of cuisine imaginable, and shopping that can’t be beat, NYC has so much to offer. The Big Apple is indeed an exhilarating [...]

U.S. News College Rankings: Methodology or Mythology?

By |2022-01-04T21:09:49+00:00January, 11, 2022|College Rankings, College Research|

When I was taking classes at UC Irvine to earn my Independent Educational Consultant certificate, my classmates and I held many differing opinions. However, there was one thing we all seemed to agree on: a strong dislike for the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Begun in the [...]

A Top-Ranking College’s President Critiques the U.S. News Rankings

By |2022-01-04T21:11:08+00:00November, 16, 2021|College Rankings, College Research|

For years, I have told anyone who will listen not to rely too heavily on the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, as they are deeply flawed and don't necessarily capture the quality of education a particular school provides.  I know many college consultants who feel the same way.  [...]

How to Decide on a College without Visiting

By |2021-03-11T00:45:51+00:00March, 3, 2021|College Admissions and COVID-19, College and COVID-19, College Research, College Visits|

A few days ago, I was telling my parents that some of my seniors likely will have to decide which college they're going to attend without having visited, as the pandemic has upended college visits for the past year.  My dad commented that he didn't visit any colleges before deciding [...]

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