Month: August 2019

The Importance of Service (In College Admissions… and Beyond)

I was recently discussing with a student her plans to volunteer for the summer, and it got me thinking: what if every high school student was as motivated as her to change the world?   This student’s passion for service was so evident in the way she discussed her plans to get involved, and it was clear ...

The Importance of a Balanced Schedule

As we head into the thick of application season, one question I find myself getting on an almost daily basis from students is whether they’ve taken a rigorous enough schedule in high school. My answer? It depends. Yes, colleges want students who have challenged themselves in high school and taken the most difficult classes offered to them, but many ...

The Ethics of the Emancipation Loophole

Another day, another scandal. The world of college admissions is no stranger to corruption (ahem, Operation Varsity Blues, looking at you…), but I was surprised this week when I stumbled across a few articles about wealthy parents in Illinois who were caught emancipating their children to game the financial aid system. Emancipation is such a ...