Curating Your College List, Writing the Application Essay, College as Work, and Wondering About Colleges’ Effect On Society: New Forbes Entries

Hello Friends– As you might have noticed, I haven’t been writing as much here as I have in the past. A lot of my writing energy and research about college admission have gone into my blog, which I write five times a month. So I’ve neglected this one.


I’m going to get back to College Counseling Culture soon. In the meantime, here are a few entries you might be interested in:

“Curate” Your College List:

You Are What You Write:

College Is Work, Not Play:

Political Divisions Loom Over Colleges:

So, some advice, some commentary. I hope you’ll visit me over at and I promise to get back here soon. Thanks for reading!

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DOJ’s Investigation Into College “Reverse Discrimination” Likely to Backfire

My latest post at suggests that the Dept. of Justice’s look at supposed discriminatory behavior at “elite” colleges and universities will only create a worse situation. Also, hasn’t the Supreme Court already spoken on this issue?

Let me know what you think:

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Using 529 Accounts to Pay for College

My latest entry at


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Colleges and Politics

My latest entry at cautions everyone not to paint colleges and universities with too broad a political brush. Check it out at


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See My Latest Entry at One Big Mistake to Avoid

Don’t try to conform to colleges; make them conform to you. See my latest entry HERE.




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Perspectives on College and College Admission: Some Reading


You may already be tired of reading all the “how to get into college” books out there and I don’t blame you. On this blog I have a page devoted to books about college, college admission and related subjects (including teenagers) that offer some perspective and context about the whole ball of wax. I try to list volumes that are entertaining as well as thoughtful, insightful, and revealing.

I’ve boiled the list down for my blog, which you can find HERE. Let me know what you think and feel free to suggest additional books.


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Try an “Experience Surrogate” When Researching Colleges

My latest piece riffs on a NY Times article downplaying the campus tour in favor of using “experience surrogates” when trying to learn about a college. Could be good…It’s not “Handmaid’s Tale” surrogacy, but you can get a good idea from those who have been there. See



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