011: Plan B Path to College

Tom Bell, a senior at Drexel University, shares that his journey to college was not as smooth and straightforward as he thought it would be.  However, what he learned along the way can help all students who are choosing colleges or currently attending! Tom discusses some of the lessons that come with having one’s Plan A […]

009: SAT 101 with Mitch Blatstein of Education Plus, Inc.

As I say in the introduction to this episode, when you want the answers, ask an expert!  Enter Mitch Blatstein, owner of Education Plus, Inc. in the Philadelphia, PA area.  Mitch has worked with students for over 35 years helping them perform at higher levels in many facets of education, including the SAT.  With the […]

Which Is the Best College?

Which is the best college?  Probably Harvard.  Now that we got that out of the way, let’s ask the more important question: Which college is best for you? Are you feeling the pressure of choosing the “best” college?  We’ve been there!  To us, asking which college is the “best” is like asking which pair of […]

Why You Don’t Need to Fear Rejection

Almost all success has humble beginnings!

In my previous post on overcoming the fear of college application rejection I highlighted three famous examples of people who faced rejection and achieved great things anyway.  Before moving on to the key to overcoming the fear of rejection, I feel the need to address a common objection to those examples.   Many students hear […]

Don’t Fear Rejection!

How you can apply to college with confidence

Many people fear rejection, and the threat of not getting into a top school looms large for many students when they are applying.  The slippery slope of questions around rejection abound: What will I do if I don’t get into a good school?  What will my friends think?  How will I be successful?  How will […]

Collaboration or Conflict?

College Applications Can Bring Out the Best and the Worst in a Parent-Student Relationship

Note: This is the first installment of a series entitled, “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”.  To get your free copy of the full report click here. Nothing sours the excitement of choosing a college more than making the college application process a source of stress or frustration between student and […]

Avoid the Path of Least Resistance

How Choosing the Simplest College Applications Can Hurt Your Long-Term Success

Note: This is the second installment of a series entitled, “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”.  To get your free copy of the full report click here. Many students fall into the trap of applying to colleges that have the simplest application process, and for obvious reasons.  College application time falls […]

Don’t Procrastinate on Your Application!

Why Cramming the College Application Process into a Weekend Is a Recipe for Disaster… and Why Students Continue to Do It!

Note: This is the third installment of a series entitled, “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”.  To get your free copy of the full report click here. By the time they reach their senior year of high school, many students have become masters of cramming for tests and are fairly adept […]

Your College Essay Matters!

How a Lackluster Personal Statement (Essay) Can Undermine an Otherwise Strong Application

Note: This is the fourth installment of a series entitled, “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”.  To get your free copy of the full report click here. As students juggle the various and sometimes unfamiliar components of the college application process, there often persists a nagging sense of dread: they still […]

The Value of Teacher Recommendations

Don't Underestimate This Key Component!

Note: This is the final installment of a series entitled, “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”.  To get your free copy of the full report click here. One of the least appreciated components of the college application is the recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and much of that is due […]