Admissions Abridged

  • The Evaluation of the College Search

    May 23, 2018

    It’s is a bizarre time of year as a college counselor as I find myself at both the beginning and end of this process.  Sophomores and juniors are excitedly and idealistically starting to ...

  • You Want a Check for How Much!

     My first admissions gig was working for a small liberal arts college with a pretty hefty price tag.  Picture me at a college fair: name tag in place, pile of brochures ready to go.  ...

  • I've Always Wanted to be a Doctor...Or an English Teacher

    Think about the impossibility of the task we lay in front of high school students.  In addition to getting good grades, filling up a resume, finding the right colleges and writing countless ...

  • I’m Not Happy

    Rewind to August.  The car was anxiously packed, summer reading was done (does the movie count?), and it was time to start the journey to campus.  There had been so much anticipation for ...

  • I Reported It Myself!

    Each year there seems to be more schools relying on self-reported test scores and transcripts on their applications.  While they may, in the long run, streamline the application process ...

  • College Testing: How Filling in Bubbles Impacts Your Future

    I don’t think there’s a student out there enjoying the standardized testing experience.  Likewise, I’ve never met either a high school or college professional that thinks the ...

  • How to be a Doctor in Seven Years

    Who wouldn’t be completely at ease with a 25-year-old performing their open-heart surgery? Joking aside, many students and parents are attracted to accelerated undergraduate/graduate ...

  • Achieving Well-Rounded Perfection

    Ah, the always tricky student resume.  The part of college applications that make students question whether their innate interests are worthwhile.  I get endless questions about not only ...

  • Tell Me a Little Bit About Yourself

     

    Are college interviews still a thing?  Why yes, yes they are.  While some colleges have shied away from the practice due to the sheer volume of applicants the encounter each year ...

  • The Art of Demonstrating Interest

    If you’ve perused any forums on college admissions (looking at you, Mom and Dad!) then you’ve already come across the term “Demonstrated Interest.”  It sounds like some ...

  • Getting a Mini-Fridge and Other College Essentials

    Hey Seniors: YOU MADE IT!  If all went according to plan (and I sincerely hope it did!) then you’ve submitted your enrollment deposit to the college of your dreams!  But suddenly all ...

  • Who’s Writing This Anyway?

    I love writing this column every month and sharing some helpful college admissions tips and tricks, but maybe you are saying, “Who is this lady who says she knows so much about college ...

  • What’s in a Name

    Why are we all willing to pay more for name brand items in the store when we know the generic is the same thing?  Is it our history with certain items; foods that we’ve been eating since ...

  • Who I Am in 650 Words or Less

    The Common Application released their essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle this past week so we all have essays on the brain.  This always creates a flurry of something between ...

  • It’s Go Time.

    This one goes out to all the juniors out there. 

    I can feel you squirming in your seats, “Who me?” Yes, you!  The time has come to turn that college dial up a notch.  ...

  • Don’t.  Panic.

    ‘Tis the season for application decision anxiety!  While regular mortals are happily gift shopping and cookie baking the college bound contingent is waking up in a cold sweat dreading the ...

  • Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

    Welcome to the second part of our two-part series taking you behind the scenes in the world of admissions counselors.  In our first installment we confirmed their “Road Warrior” ...

  • Early What?

    Why does everything have to be so darn complicated?  A few months ago we went over all the different major application companies and now I have to confuse things further by talking about the ...

  • Meet a Real Life Road Warrior!

    So you’re sitting in homeroom listening to morning announcements and still trying to wake up the rest of the way.  Through your sleepy haze you hear, “Juniors and seniors please sign ...

  • Why Do You Think That We Think That You Think You Want to Go to School Here?

    On most college application supplements this fall you’ll find a question along the lines of, “Why do you believe you’re a good fit for our university?”  If students ...

  • Un-Common Applications

    Anyone else starting to feel like these application conglomerates are getting out of hand?  Let’s look at the major players:


    Common Application: The OG consolidated application ...

  • The Junior/Senior Summer: A To-Do List

    You made it!  T-minus one year left and it’ll be TTYL to high school.  As you’re making your summer schedule should you include, “Pat self on back and mark the days till ...

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Downtown Family Restaurant in Cranford Closes; Thanks Customers

June 4, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – On Thursday evening, rumors started to swirl about the potential closing of the Downtown Family Restaurant.

With no official word on the restaurant’s Facebook page, it wasn’t until Friday morning that guests were greeted with a sign on the front door reading:

There is a season for everything in life, so it is with bittersweet hearts that we regret to inform ...

Eagle Scout Project Yields Flag Retirement Facility in Springfield, Ceremony Thursday

June 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Frankie Sarracino of Boy Scout Troop #73 of Springfield had an inspiration during his first camping trip.  He came with an idea for his Eagle Scout project.  It was to build a flag retirement facility at the Chisholm Community Center.

Only a few organizations are allowed to retire flags and the Boy Scouts are one of them..  Some others include the Girl Scouts, ...

Kessler Foundation Seeks Volunteers with Spinal Cord Injury for New Study!

June 18, 2018

Kessler Foundation is a research center in West Orange, NJ that specializes in disability research. We are currently seeking individuals with spinal cord injury to participate in a new research study:

Dr. John O'Neill, principal investigator in Spinal Cord Injury research seeks volunteers for a spinal cord injury study. The purpose of this study is to identify ways of enhancing the ...

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 10, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...