Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

To-do list for college-bound seniors

The to-do list for high school seniors seems to be growing longer each day. Here’s some of what they are thinking about when they’re not doing homework, participating in their extracurricular activities, hanging with friends, sleeping, eating or texting: their college list, testing, campus     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Early Applications

Ready or not, the college application season has begun. Early or not is the question. I know I’m not the only one who feels the college application process seems to be creeping earlier each year. There used to be a uniformity among colleges and their deadlines. For the most part, applications were     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Testing that can catch you by surprise

So you thought your student was done with standardized testing. You were probably proud of yourself that you had finally mastered the differences between the SAT and the ACT, and then, surprise, up pops the very stealth-like SAT Subject Tests. What? Yes, there’s another wrinkle in the testing area     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

One piece of advice: Be different

If I could give every family only one piece of advice about college admissions and the college application process it would be this: Dare to be different. Be different from the beginning. Don’t wait like so many other people until the summer after junior year, or even worse, the fall of senior year     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Learning to let go at the college gate

How many Facebook posts have you seen this last week where families are sharing their pride and angst as they drop their children off at college for the first time? Lots. And why not? Heading off to college is truly an American milestone that deserves to be celebrated. Parents have been responsible     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Set up planning process for college applications

A student can still qualify for the honor of being called an “early bird” as long as he or she completes at least one college application before school starts. While your teenagers may be prone to romanticizing about the last lazy days of summer and getting anxious about the stress once they     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Common Application is back with new features

August 1st was the big reveal … the 2014-2015 Common Application, used by over 500 colleges, went live and an anticipated 50,000 eager students began their college applications within the first few days of the release. The Common Application, known as Common App, suffered horrific public relations     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Freshman survival: Trying being nice

Recently I wrote a column where I shared ideas to smooth the transition to college for first-timers. ( www.charlotteobserver.com/225). I received a lot of response from parents and students. Here are some additional suggestions: Don’t go home. At least try to make a commitment to not go home until     Continue Reading...