Welcome as you are, chill or not! There is no world in which you should feel stressed out and alone as you muddle through college admissions with your teenager. I’m so happy you’re here because we’ll make sure that won’t happen.
Some good news about college admissions in dark times:
1. Your child has gained resilience from all the shutdowns, modality shifts, and disappointments brought on by the pandemic. No matter when a vaccine becomes available, your kid’s got this, and so do you. Follow the month-by-month to-do lists in College Admissions Cracked to guide you through.
2. You can visit way more colleges online (for free!) than you ever could’ve over spring break. And you can download lots of other free resources here.
3. Colleges are deeply concerned about under-enrollment. That means that future applicants, including your kid, are a hot commodity!
4. 1665+ colleges are test optional now (and 1230 were already test optional or flexible before the pandemic struck). Can you feel your heart rate slow down? Join our CPR Facebook Group for other uplifting updates.
5. Your child’s written application will hold more weight this year than ever before, and students have always had 100% control over how they tell their story. Need essay help or an application review? I’ve got you covered.
6. This shake-up of some of the toxic high school rituals—such as sleep deprivation and anxiety-provoking high stakes testing—could prove a promising first step toward better physical and mental health for our children.
Author of College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) From the Madness (Little, Brown Spark), a month-by-month survival guide and support group from junior year through college drop-off.”
Over twenty-five years of experience in writing, teaching and college admissions.
College Admission Evaluator of thousands of applications and served on the Admissions Committee at elite liberal arts colleges.
Member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
Taught college personal essay writing, creative writing and expository writing at New York University, The New School, City University of New York and Gotham Writers Workshop.
Ran high school programs for both high achieving and at-risk students in New York City, the Midwest and Massachusetts.
Published personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, Family Circle, The New York Times Blog, Full Grown People, Family Fun, Errant Parent, Parents, Parents.com, Good Housekeeping, and O the Oprah Magazine.
A graduate of Williams College, B.A., and New York University, M.A.