Planning for College Early: The Upside

Dear Estelle. We have a serious, mostly all A’s, 10th grader who runs varsity track and attends Interlochen Music Camp every summer. Her older brother, a college sophomore, counsels her … Continue reading

High School Juniors, Time to Prep for College

Dear Estelle. You can just feel the excitement and tension around the high school as the juniors start gearing up for college. Until now all was pretty calm and quiet … Continue reading

College Spotlight: Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland

Are you looking for a unique college experience at a college which emphasizes academics and encourages athletics (D3) and community service; A school which requires travel abroad and has a … Continue reading

New SAT Puzzling! What Is The Big Deal?

Dear Estelle. As a junior in high school, I have serious concerns about the new SAT and the old SAT. I have heard they are significantly different but I may … Continue reading

Sophomore Questions Junior Year Coursework

Dear Estelle. I am a sophomore at a private school in Denver who needs some counseling about my course selection for junior year. Academically, I work hard because I love … Continue reading

Course Selection: Striking the Balance Between Challenge and Overwhelming

Dear Estelle. Next week my proposed schedule for senior year is due. I am considering very selective colleges and want my record to show a strong commitment to my academics. … Continue reading

Social Media: The Pros and Cons for the College-Bound

It has become apparent over the past few years that our lives are no longer private. If we engage in social media we are only 4.3 degrees of separation from … Continue reading

Senioritis Rampant!

Dear Estelle. With college applications complete, a few acceptances, and half of second semester gone, our senior has assumed a new personna. She no longer gives adequate time to homework, … Continue reading

Advice to Qualify for “Best Applicant” Status

Do you have a laundry list of suggestions you give to your clients sothey qualify for “best applicant” status. We know that grades and test scores are most important just … Continue reading

“The Curse of Over Achieving Girls”

Dear Estelle. This fall, our daughter Meg, a sophomore, seems to have undergone a change in her demeanor and attitude. Last year she was happy and carefree, and loved going … Continue reading