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Planning your Summer

(Written by Lori McCormick) Last year I wrote a blog post about summer planning that you can read

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 19, 2016
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National College Decision Day

(Written by Lori McCormick) National College Decision Day is on May 1st. What this means is that a student must officially send their intent to register forms...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Apr. 21, 2016
There are no comments yet. 13163 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 18702 Views

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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. 13028 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 23665 Views

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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. 9762 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 8384 Views

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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. 7620 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 8981 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
There are no comments yet. 7339 Views

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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. 7850 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
There are no comments yet. 7615 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. 7689 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. 6005 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
There are no comments yet. 5932 Views

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National Decision Day

(Written by Lori McCormick) March tends to be a busy month for students (and families!) anxiously waiting for the final round of college acceptance notifications....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 1, 2020
There are no comments yet. 4542 Views

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Colleges still accepting applications

(Written by Lori McCormick) Did you apply to college and are not satisfied with your outcomes? Did you have a change of heart and decide you want to apply...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 5, 2020
There are no comments yet. 7030 Views

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Common Application and COVID-19

(written by Lori McCormick) The Common Application, which is used by over 800 colleges, is adding a new question to their 2020-2021 application this upcoming...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 13, 2020
There are no comments yet. 10567 Views

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Judge Rules UC's Cannot use SAT/ACT in Admissions This Year

Alameda Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman today issued a preliminary injunction preventing the UC's from using test scores in determining admission or scholarship...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 1, 2020
There are no comments yet. 8446 Views

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March Madness for Seniors

This blog post was written by John Raftrey Every March is always a tense month for seniors as they await their admission decisions. This will be the most gut-wrenching...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 28, 2021
There are no comments yet. 9889 Views
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