Beyond Basketball: Institution Types, the Sweet Sixteen and the Beatles

I don’t have a bracket and I’m not in any pools, so my only rooting interests in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament are based on teams I like (Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa State, Butler) and the ability to craft a really good blog using the remaining teams to explain the concept of “institution type” and its importance in a good college search. But losses by Northern Iowa, Georgia State, Davidson and a few others essentially busted my blog-bracket. Nevertheless, I will use…

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What I’d like to share with you about your kids

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson   I work with kids and need to share something from my 25-year career as a professor, teacher, coach and now college-planner/test-prep-coach/all-around-college-guy: You have great kids. Great. Kids. You really do. They show up (mostly) on time at libraries, coffee shops and the occasional DQ to spend up to two hours with me, filling their brains with ACT strategies and tips for writing knockout application essays and listening…

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Planning for college this summer? Soak up Summer Savings.

Summer is the perfect time to make headway on college planning. Students I work with find that the lighter summer schedule frees them up for focused ACT prep, SAT prep, campus visits, college search and list building and more. While school’s out it’s the perfect time to focus on your next college planning steps. In fact, it’s one of the busiest times of year for me as a college planner. Save on College Planning Services this summer. I believe so…

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Fantastic Ways to Kill the Value of a Campus Visit Version 3.5

Spring is here in the Midwest, FINALLY! College campus visit season is heating up and parents and college-bound students everywhere are planning trips around the country to visit college campuses. To help families heading out on college campus visits, I’m leading a free workshop Thursday, May 22nd at Dreambank in downtown Madison, WI. CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE to get info and register. If you CANNOT make this date, or if you have specific college campus visit questions, EMAIL ME. I…

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