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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Finding Your Calling

(Written by Lori McCormick) My father passed away a few months ago. Sitting in the funeral home’s office waiting to meet our Funeral Director, Erin Arteaga,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 24, 2020
Last comment by Jon Keeling, on Feb 26, 2020 at 11:18 am | 1 comment | 1059 Views

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Please Apply So We Can Reject You!

This is the time of year when juniors are hit with all kinds of college marketing propaganda. Some of it makes it sound like the school is ready to admit the student....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 10, 2020
Last comment by vision board examples, on Feb 25, 2020 at 4:08 am | 9 comments | 3155 Views

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My Pet Peeves

Written by John Raftrey Well juniors, it’s time to start getting serious about applying to college. To get started, here are my pet peeves that are designed...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 17, 2020
Last comment by U-M grad, on Feb 20, 2020 at 1:29 am | 7 comments | 2319 Views

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Opposites Attract (Students) in New Mexico

Written by John Raftrey I was in New Mexico a few weeks ago and came back with some interesting ideas after visiting two schools on the opposite ends of the higher...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by yup, on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:01 pm | 3 comments | 4566 Views

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UC Application Redesign

(written by Lori McCormick) The University of California application is getting a new look! The outdated application is being refreshed and new technologies...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 6, 2019
Last comment by Nate, on Aug 23, 2019 at 12:28 am | 1 comment | 5155 Views

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College Match

(Written by Lori McCormick) I like to use the analogy that applying to college is like dating. Like any relationship, you should complement each other, build...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 15, 2019
Last comment by Adam, on Jul 10, 2019 at 7:54 am | 1 comment | 3095 Views

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UC Application Redesign

(written by Lori McCormick) The University of California application is getting a new look! The outdated application is being refreshed and new technologies...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 6, 2019
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STEM and the Humanities

(written by Lori McCormick) Last week I attended a college counseling conference. Over the course of the week, I visited college campuses and attended a variety...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 26, 2019
Last comment by Bill, on May 29, 2019 at 2:52 pm | 1 comment | 2895 Views

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College Match

(Written by Lori McCormick) I like to use the analogy that applying to college is like dating. Like any relationship, you should complement each other, build...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 15, 2019
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College Match

(Written by Lori McCormick) I like to use the analogy that applying to college is like dating. Like any relationship, you should complement each other, build...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 15, 2019
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Operation Varsity Blues

(written by Lori McCormick) Considering recent news around, Operation Varsity Blues, the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the Department...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 14, 2019
Last comment by concierge, on May 4, 2019 at 2:12 pm | 9 comments | 5569 Views

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UCSB's CCS program

(Written by Lori McCormick) The University of California at Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, established in 1967, is celebrating their 50th anniversary...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 11, 2018
Last comment by AnneC, on Dec 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm | 1 comment | 6894 Views

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Are you fit for Community College?

(Written by Lori McCormick) I have written about this topic before but feel it is worth repeating. I love community colleges! For the right student, starting...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 27, 2018
Last comment by Common sense, on Nov 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm | 11 comments | 5259 Views

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Let's Talk Internships

(Written by Rebecca Bjorklund, University Recruiter for a variety of corporations, ranging from management consulting to aerospace to interactive entertainment) Glowing...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 20, 2018
Last comment by Christopher A. Howland, on Oct 2, 2018 at 4:48 am | 2 comments | 5454 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...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 21, 2018
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My applications are submitted, now what?

(written by Lori McCormick) I field this question frequently, so I figured it was worth sharing a few general tips to help guide you through those next steps: 1. Check...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 30, 2017
Last comment by michael, on Feb 27, 2018 at 2:03 am | 3 comments | 7736 Views

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College Interviews

College interviews are a perfect opportunity for you to find out more about the college and for the college interviewer to learn more about you. I recently asked...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 2, 2017
Last comment by David, on Oct 22, 2017 at 1:25 am | 3 comments | 9724 Views

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Why Having The Right Mentor Matters

(written by John Raftrey) One of my mentors died on Monday. Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, was mentor to thousands of people some famous, others, like me,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 23, 2016
Last comment by Harohide, on Sep 28, 2017 at 3:12 am | 6 comments | 10509 Views

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New York City College Tours - Part One (Pace University and St. John?s)

(written by Lori McCormick) I spent three days touring New York City colleges this past October. In those three days, I visited five colleges: Pace University,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 4, 2014
Last comment by Ronunlila, on Sep 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm | 2 comments | 22214 Views

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When to start thinking about college when you aren?t thinking about college

(Written by Lori McCormick) In my two previous posts, I wrote about the importance of preparing for college when students are in their last two years...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 7, 2014
Last comment by LarSwache, on Sep 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm | 3 comments | 17393 Views
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