Admissions Abridged

  • You Want a Check for How Much!

    March 17, 2018

     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 ...

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Friends and Family Week at THE MAX Challenge of New Providence

March 22, 2018

We have had people tell us that they haven’t exercised for years before enrolling with us and just a few short weeks into their 10 week challenge they rave about their energy level, their focus, their confidence and so much more!

Exercise is for EVERYONE! Put your faith in a program that is Dynamic, Led by a team of owners, ...

Union County Celebrates Arbor Day 2018 with Free Trees for Schools

In recognition of Arbor Day 2018, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is once again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board to sponsor the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Program, which provides free trees for participating schools.

“The Arbor Day tree planting program is a Union County tradition that provides students with important hands-on lessons about the ...

Rutgers University Percussionist Leads Day of Percussion at New Jersey Youth Symphony April 14

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ—Traveling by car and bus from Albany, Paterson, and New Brunswick, over 70 young percussionist from middle school to undergrad will convene at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence on Saturday, April 14 for a Day of Percussion. Led by Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Art’s Head of Percussion, Joseph Tompkins, students from New Providence and surrounding ...

Thank You From Mayor Al Morgan

March 16, 2018

This past week will certainly be remembered by us all for a very, very long time. Thank you hardly seems sufficient, but it is the very least we can express in appreciation for all the incredible acts of kindness, generosity, selflessness, and volunteerism our community received this past week during and after the storm.

Thank you to all of our residents for their patience, understanding, and ...

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert, Spring Edition

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your ...

Driver Escapes Icy Waters After Car Goes Off Road Near Clark and Cranford Borders

March 21, 2018

CLARK, NJ –A car went off the road and into the river on the northbound Garden State Parkway between the Clark and Cranford exits during Wednesday night’s snowstorm.

According to Clark’s Chief of Police, Pedro Matos the car’s driver managed to escape the water.  Divers went in to the river and determined the car to be empty.  The sole occupant was ...

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

March 20, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, March 23, 8:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness


Fri, March 23, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Vinayasa Flow

Health & Wellness


Fri, March 23, 10:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Pilates Reformer

Health & Wellness

Fri, March 23, 8:00 PM

Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood

Strollers Present John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt"

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, March 24, 9:15 AM

Oakwood Park, New Providence

New Providence Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Giving Back

Sat, March 24, 10:00 AM

Burent Middle School , Union

Union County Wide - March for Our Lives

Government Law & Justice

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.  An eager family would walk up and we’d start a conversation.  One of the first questions I’d get from parents was about cost and the moment that $50,000-plus figure left my mouth I ...