If you are thinking that enlisting my help is superfluous – that you can figure out this stuff on your own – go for it! This section of my website has links to some of my favorite books and web resources. Educate yourself, and enjoy! If at the end of all your reading you feel you would benefit from assistance with your unique, individual situation give me a call and we can work it out together. Or, if you realize you or your child would gain motivation from learning about college in a group, enroll in one of my seminars or camps.
Many students would love to learn a subject, but are frustrated because that subject isn’t offered in school. Stop thinking about school as the only place to gain skills. Instead, look at the world around you. Get involved. There are web-
One of the fastest growing options is learning via internet, in a structured program, or in a more free-
College Admission Information:
Hernández, Michele A. Acing the College Application: How to Maximize Your Chances for Admission to the College of Your Choice. New York: Ballantine, 2002.
Springer, Sally P., Jon Reider, and Marion R. Franck. Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting into College. San Francisco: Jossey-
How to write:
Bauld, Harry. On Writing the College Application Essay. New York, NY: Collins, 2005.
Cronk, Robert. Concise Advice: Jump-
Some good essays to ponder:
Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, editors. This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, 2007
The Importance of “Soft Factors”:
Dunbar, Don, and G. F. Lichtenberg. What You Don’t Know Can Keep You out of College: a Top Consultant Explains the 13 Fatal Application Mistakes and Why Character Is the Key to College Admissions. New York, NY: Gotham, 2007.
Asher, Donald. Cool Colleges for the Hyper-
Bauld, Harry. On Writing the College Application Essay, 2005.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly and Schneider, Barbara. Becoming Adult: How Teenagers Prepare for the World of Work, 2001.
Dunbar, Don, and G. F. Lichtenberg. What You Don’t Know Can Keep You out of College: a Top Consultant Explains the 13 Fatal Application Mistakes and Why Character is the Key to College Admissions, 2007.
Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: the New Psychology of Success, 2006.
Gilbert, Daniel. Stumbling on Happiness, 2007.
Harris, Judith Rich. The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do. 2009
Newport, Cal. How to Become a Straight-
Newport, Cal. How to Be a High School Superstar: a Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out), 2007.
Pink, Daniel H. Drive: the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, 2009.
Pope, Loren. Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way Your Think about Colleges, 2006.
Seligman, Martin, K. Reivich, L. Jaycox, and J. Gillham. The Optimistic Child: a Proven Program to Safeguard Children against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience, 2007.
Seligman, Martin. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, 2007.
Springer, Sally P., John Reider, and Marion R. Franck. Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting into College, 2009.
College Guides –
Why should you think about getting a job?
As Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder points out in The New College Reality: Make College Work For Your Career, the end game of all this education is becoming a person with sought-
Some other reasons to work at a job are:
- It feels good to get paid in return for your efforts
- From a college admission perspective, students who have held down a summer job are assumed to have character traits like responsibility and grit.
Camps and internships:
There are of course many, many summer camps and programs out there. Many students research this on their own or go with what their friends are doing but if you want some directed guidance give me a call.
As a science aficionado, I am fond of science and math summer programs. Here are some of the many available:
- Summer Science Program (SSP)
- Research Science Institute (RSI)
- Women’s Technology Program (WTP)
- The Ross Program
- COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science)
- Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
- Canada/USA Math Camp
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Nancy made a huge difference in my application to MIT. She asked me a lot of questions and helped guide me so that the application really reflected my experience and my aspirations. She has a way of figuring out what is unique about you and making sure you are communicating that. I also learned a lot from her about what to expect at MIT and she was right about all of it. It is an amazing place and she really helped me get here
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I just wanted to give you an update on my plans for next year and to thank you again for all your wonderful help and advice. I ended up getting accepted straight out to University of Washington and getting interviews at Caltech and UCSF. Fortunately it looks like UCSF is the best fit for me (great synthetic biology research, close ties to emerging biotech industry and a vibe that I really liked). Thanks again for your help! Your input was invaluable in helping me get into a great program that I really like.
Applying to a PhD program is a daunting task, especially since so little information on acceptance criteria is provided to the applicants. You have such a great knowledge of what universities are looking for, how to present yourself, and how to convince the top schools that you’re the best candidate. I wrote a few drafts of a personal statement before you started helping me and when I compared them to the final copy the difference was obvious. Not only did you help me with my writing style, but you knew how to maximize all of my strengths and how to present my weaknesses in a positive way. I had so many questions for you not only about my personal statement, but about grad school in general and you were always very receptive and insightful, thank you!
You were an invaluable resource when applying to PhD programs. You were able to leverage your expertise in the graduate admissions process as well as your experiences as a scientist to help shape my essay and refine my C.V. Additionally (and most importantly), your positive attitude helped build my confidence and pushed me to apply. I could not give a higher recommendation
You helped me so much with my college application struggles, especially the essays, and gave me the confidence to go for Claremont McKenna College when I didn’t think I’d ever get in. Without your advice and encouragement I doubt that I would have applied to CMC, let alone get accepted. I may have had a rough start in college but now it couldn’t be better. I have opportunities and newfound strengths that I may not have had if not for CMC, such as spending the next year in Japan! Anyway, I am where I am because of you, so thanks again for your help.