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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Quick Check List for UC Applications

(Written by John Raftrey) 1) Double check all your spelling. Do not misspell your parent's occupation as one of my students did. 2) Match your classes with...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 21, 2014
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Summer Planning

(written by Lori McCormick) Before you read about summer planning, a friendly reminder that if you are planning on applying for Financial Aid, the deadline for...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 6, 2015
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UC Berkeley?s new freshman admission policy

(Written by Lori McCormick) In April 2015, UC Berkeley adopted a new freshman admission policy. Starting with students applying to Berkeley this fall, some...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 12, 2015
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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. 14968 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. 10066 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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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
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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. 8067 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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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
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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
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