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See You on the Other Side: Supporting Your Child During the College Years

My colleagues have offered some guidance about navigating the college search process, but what happens once they get there? How do you support your child when they need it but give them their independence to fail, learn, and ultimately succeed on their own? My own daughters are both well into…

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Top 8 Confessions of an Admissions Officer and Mother

Last year, I created my first parent-to-parent blog post, which was a Zen-like reflection on letting your child take the wheel of their college admissions process. While I still stand behind those sentiments, this year, as my twins are seniors, I have lost my calm, contemplative demeanor. Instead, I’m holding…

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How you can support your high school sophomore as they transition into their junior year and the college search process

I have spent my entire working career on both sides of the college desk: in undergraduate admissions and as a high school counselor. I may have the resources and background on some levels but when it comes to advising my sixteen-year-old son, I’m just as new to this as you…

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Supporting your Student Through the College Search Process

I am the mother of 16-year-old twins. That means every milestone was times two: teething, potty training, riding a bike, and most recently, learning to drive a car.  As juniors in high school, they are about to embark on their next significant rite of passage: the college search.  In reflecting…

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Helping your student-athlete navigate the recruitment and admissions process

As a parent of two student-athletes who experienced the college recruitment process, I would like to share some thoughts from a parent’s perspective. In one sense, things are not different from the college selection process in general. Factors such as academic pathways, majors and coursework, the size of the institution,…

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Helping your high school senior through the college admissions process in the time of COVID

Hello! I’m Stacy, an admissions professional with over twenty-five years of experience, and the mom of two terrific young adults – a Duke Sophomore son and a high school senior daughter. As you well know, it is a joy – and at times, completely stunning – to watch your children…

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