Building Confidence

Everyone can use a little more confidence. Confidence is “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities,” and “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” People, including teenagers, should be able to appreciate and trust in their own abilities, strengths, and qualities. … Continue reading Building Confidence

Be Who You Are

I have spent most of this decade with teenagers. As a tutor, coach, admissions counselor, athletic parent, volunteer, and all my other various roles not a day has gone by without me being with teenagers. I have learned a lot over these years about teenagers. My single best piece of advice for getting into college … Continue reading Be Who You Are

You Are Enough!

There is one message I believe all teenagers need to hear every single day: “You are more than enough!” I think this generation is growing up always wondering if they are “enough”: good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, athletic enough, musical enough, popular enough, working enough, doing enough, the list goes on and on. And … Continue reading You Are Enough!

Sticker Shock: Let’s Talk About Money

When I work with a new client about to embark on the college search process, the first thing I talk about is: money. I know no one wants to talk about money. We want to focus on dreams, hopes, college prestige, and college fit. At the end of the day, though, you have to write … Continue reading Sticker Shock: Let’s Talk About Money

Is “Prestige” Worth the Cost?

Every year I work with over a hundred optimistic and frightened teenagers as they prepare for their college entrance exams and make plans to apply to the “college of their dreams.” These students often seem to feel the weight of the world on their shoulders and far too much pressure to get into a “good … Continue reading Is “Prestige” Worth the Cost?

Comfortable, Confident, Calm

I get asked often how to help students with test anxiety and I will write a series of posts here going more into detail on specific strategies. The short answer is to build their level of comfort and confidence and help them work on staying calm. These are my end goals for any testing student … Continue reading Comfortable, Confident, Calm

Reflections on a Decade of Work

Well 2021 is here and I realize I have been coaching students for over a decade now! When people asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up – I never would have predicted a standardized test and study skills tutor, I don’t even think college admissions counselors existed back … Continue reading Reflections on a Decade of Work