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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA

written by Lori McCormick) A recent Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) update was circulated by the College Board to college counselors, and I...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 31, 2016
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Tackling Test Anxiety

(Written by Guest Blogger, Rhonda Racine, Founder of Lydian Academy in Menlo Park) Are you a good test­-taker? Are your test grades an accurate reflection...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 8, 2016
There are no comments yet. 10473 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

UC extends Transfer admissions application

Good news for Transfer students! The UC has decided to extend the deadline to apply until January. Here is a

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 9, 2016
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Common Application's 2017-2018 Essay Prompts

(Written by Lori McCormick) The Common Application recently announced they made revisions and updates to their essay prompts for 2017-2018. Below are the new...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 22, 2017
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Planning for College Tours

(written by Lori McCormick) I am reposting a blog article about visiting colleges for those who are planning college tours during Spring Break. Spring and...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 26, 2017
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

The Common Application: essay advice from the source

(from the Common Application's Counselor's email listserve) This year the Common Application revised and rolled out (some) new essay prompts....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 23, 2017
There are no comments yet. 7014 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Spring College Fairs

(written by Lori McCormick) Spring is a perfect time for students starting to think about college to attend college fairs. ==B Why should I attend a college...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 10, 2018
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Spring Break college touring

(written by Lori McCormick) Students and families might use the opportunity of Spring Break to visit colleges. Some students are visiting to decide if they will...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 22, 2018
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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Letting go

(written by Lori McCormick) My youngest, a kindergartener, is learning to tie his shoes, and I so desperately want to do it for him. Partly because it will speed...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 21, 2018
There are no comments yet. 4728 Views

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Building a college list

(Written by Lori McCormick) Public, private, urban, suburban, rural, small, medium, large, research opportunities, liberal arts, East Coast, West Coast, somewhere...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 30, 2018
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Honesty is the Best Policy

Many students are applying to their early application colleges this week. When it comes to essays, my job as an independent admissions counselor is to help students...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 31, 2018
There are no comments yet. 4693 Views

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Summer Programs – the Pros and Cons

(Written by Lori McCormick, Marc Thompson and Rebecca Bjorklund from College Advising Team) Colleges across the country offer an assortment of pre-college programs...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 31, 2019
There are no comments yet. 4325 Views

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College Tours

(Written by Lori McCormick) With spring break college tour planning underway, parents and students, here are some questions commonly addressed during college...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 18, 2019
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Harvard changes Advanced Standing program

Farewell, AP and IB college credit. Starting in fall 2020, Harvard University will no longer recognize pre-matriculated credits from student's high school...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 1, 2019
There are no comments yet. 4312 Views

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National Decision Day

(written by Lori McCormick) Today is National Decision Day! What this means is that today is the deadline for high school students to commit to their college....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 1, 2019
There are no comments yet. 3196 Views

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Thank Your Counselors. It's National School Counseling Week

Written by John Raftrey Today kicks off National School Counseling Week in the United States. Please, everybody, do two things this week: 1) Stop by your...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 3, 2020
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STORIES OF HOPE

Reader Guest Post: Life's Map

==I This entry comes from a reader of the blog, who has kindly and compassionately written the following piece about her own experience with losing a loved one....

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Apr. 16, 2018
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Commonality, and the Dignity of the Peculiar

==I This piece is the fifth in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jul. 30, 2018
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Learning Disabilities and the Struggle to Be Known

==I This piece is the seventh in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Oct. 15, 2018
There are no comments yet. 4368 Views

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What is a Life?

My grandmother’s second stroke continues, hauntingly, to occupy my thoughts and imagination; with every passing week I am further reminded of her diminished...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Dec. 17, 2018
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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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