September 12, 2019

Do you hear it? Listen. It’s loud and coming from all directions. At the grocery store, high school football game, band competition, social gathering with friends. I call it “College Chatter.” It is coming from students and parents alike. Most of what we’re hearing is...

June 11, 2019

I hear all the time how stressful the junior year of high school can be and how the college process can be so stressful. I agree with those statements (mostly). But I also believe that it is a student’s (and parent’s) choice whether they buy into all the chatter about...

April 30, 2019

As final exam season approaches, the increase of test anxiety does as well. Coming from someone who struggled with test anxiety growing up, this topic is near and dear to my heart. (And is probably the main reason I do the work I do!) Last summer, I completed a 200 hou...

March 4, 2019

Candy, Pretzels, and Coffee were the highlight of a conversation I had on a recent campus visit. I often visit college campuses to keep up with the latest trends and was pleasantly surprised to have a delightful conversation with a physics professor. (I'm not goin...

February 21, 2019

Do you hear the chatter? Ya know, that chatter about college. Chatter from teachers, parents, parents of your friends, aunts, uncles, cousins……

Where are you going to college?

What do you want to study?

What courses are you taking next year?

What kind of career do you want...

February 12, 2019

A few months ago, I heard my minister (who also happens to be my husband) tell a story during his sermon that resonated with me. I felt like my students needed to hear the story. Whether you’re a “church-goer” or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters to me is that my st...

February 11, 2019

Hopefully by now seniors are almost done completing applications, making second campus visits, and some are still waiting for their decision letters. After 18 years of college counseling, I have seen time and time again the “senior slide” start to settle-in just after...

June 1, 2018

It’s (almost) summertime!  Summer is a time for swimming and vacationing but it can also include planning for college. Whether you have a child who is an incoming freshman or senior, they should be doing something over the summer to help prepare them for college. Colle...

April 28, 2018

I'm just another voice of reason as you make your final decision. I'm speaking only from my experience and the things I've seen these last 17 years. Some of this you may already know but I'm sharing it anyway as I do with all my students.

CHOOSING A COLLEGE/MAJOR:

I reco...

April 27, 2018

A colleague of mine recently shared this with me and I found it quite refreshing…..After a student submits their application to Western Washington University, the university responds with great advice to parents and their students as they await a decision. I think this...

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