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December 5, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

Boys vs. Girls

Recently I listened to a radio show discussing gifts for children, and much was said about the differences between “boys’ toys” and “girls’ toys.” Some stores even have designated blue and pink aisles to help shoppers along. One parent lamented that even the building projects were stereotyped. For instance, the pink aisle contained dollhouse kits; […]

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October 22, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

What’s the Final Word about the Word Count for Essays?

The essays on the College Board's Common Application must be between 250 and 650 words. Shorter or longer essays will be rejected when they're electronically submitted. It’s that simple. Or is it? Students understand the concept, but sometimes they still aren’t sure how long their essays should be. I helped a student whose completed essay […]

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October 17, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

Adult Support for Getting Through College Application Stress

If your family is going through a lot of stress because your son or daughter is applying to colleges, you’re not alone. As the deadlines approach, many applicants have begun tearing their hair out over the college application essays. The bad news–as I’m sure you’re discovering–is the senior year is even more stressful than the […]

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October 8, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

Sailing Away in the Midst of College Application Season

I’m a fairly careful person, especially when it comes to superstitions. I assure you, I don’t believe in them, but I know about them and tend to decide for myself if I should pay them any heed. In other words, I step on cracks all the time, but I try not to break any mirrors. […]

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September 29, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

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Does Quality Matter?

Usually it’s the news in the newspaper that tends to disturb me. Today it was a thought. Donald Graham, who had announced he was selling The Washington Post in hope that the new buyer can figure out, in the current market, how to keep it from plummeting in value both monetarily and editorially. It’s a […]

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September 26, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

Calling for Great Application Essays

My husband and I are perhaps the most unlikely couple to have jumped on the “latest-greatest” iPhone bandwagon. He hasn’t yet mastered the art of email, and I never felt the need to welcome Siri into my world, being totally satisfied with my “obsolete” iPhone 4 and its 3G technology. Yet here we are, both […]

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September 13, 2013 | Nancy Frieder

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Luck’s Role in Getting into College

It’s “Friday the 13th,” a day deemed unlucky. Even those who usually aren’t superstitious take extra caution on this day, “just in case.” This makes me think about—you guessed it!—the role luck plays in getting into college. Because I help students with their college application essays, one might think I would believe luck plays little […]

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