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College Admissions: Less Stress, More Success - With Marilee Jones

Original post made by Libby Heimark, Old Palo Alto, on Jan 19, 2007

A great opportunity, and we'd like to encourage you to attend!

7:00 PM (Books will be sold and light refreshments served beginning at 6:30 PM)

Woodside High School
Performing Arts Center
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside

From their flyer: "Common Ground invites you to join us for an enlightening and engaging evening with Marilee Jones, Dean of Admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Marilee is a charismatic, wise, and funny speaker who will share her fresh perspective on today's college admissions climate. Dean Jones with discuss the physical and mental costs of the escalating pressure on teenagers to achieve at high levels in high school. Ms. Jones will speak about the ways parents can most effectively support their children through the college admissions process and help them develop the skills they will need to stay healthy and resilient. She is the co-author of a book called "Less Stress, More Success: Guiding Your Child Through The College Admissions Process and Beyond."

For more information and directions, please visit

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Posted by ???
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 19, 2007 at 1:57 pm


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Posted by MIT Class of \'81
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 19, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Looking at the web site, it appears to be on Tuesday, January 23.

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Posted by Beca Erickson
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 19, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Sorry for the confusion - the event is on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007.

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Posted by college parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2007 at 4:12 pm

The biggest problem Palo Altan high school seniors face in applying to college is themselves. There are so many excellent students applying to 12 or more colleges and being accepted that the very good students don't have a hope. The colleges always take our top 10% and these same students get the multiple offers. Obviously they can't accept more than one place. This means that those who are not in the top 10% don't get accepted. I honestly believe that for some of our very good (but not excellent) students they would be a lot better off going to Oakland or somewhere for their senior year. They would have a lot better chance of getting into one of the UCs there than they do here.

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Posted by Paly student
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 9, 2007 at 2:00 pm

There is an article about the ease of scholarships and financial aid for seniors at

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