Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Get going on that college essay

Start by brainstorming, and keep an open mind BY LEE S. BIERER Correspondent Fear and procrastination are the two biggest stumbling blocks for seniors as they consider the college essay. The essay is uniformly considered the most stressful part of the college application process. Students     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

 Freshman faux-pas

BY LEE S. BIERER, Correspondent It’s easy to be overwhelmed as a freshman. Everything is new. It feels like you’re making first impressions every minute of every day. You’re intimidated by the course syllabus – “Do they really expect I can read 1,000 pages a week?” – and you     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Snowplow parents getting in the way

Mom moves to college town to watch over her baby Book advises parents to let kids experience stress We’ve all heard about the Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parents, but a new moniker seems to crowding the field – “Snowplow Parents” – you guessed it – parents who are willing     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Update on the Common Application

It’s just the beginning of August, yet for many rising high school seniors Aug. 1, the date the Common Application officially opened and released its 2015-2016 application, means it’s the official end of summer. This year’s Common Application (www.commonapp.org) has a variety of changes and     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: test-optional update

It was big news last week when George Washington University (GWU) (www.gwu.edu) in Washington DC announced that it will no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. The reevaluation of the role of standardized testing in the admissions decision process is one of the most noticeable trends     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Why packing a Keurig for the dorm is a bad idea

Be very careful about how much you pack Space and electrical-outlet capacity are at a premium Why you may not need a printer T-minus one month and counting. The countdown to your first day as a college freshman has begun. There are advice articles galore with lists of what to pack and     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Time to start thinking about the essay

Smart tips for writing an essay that will get you noticed It’s not a resume – it’s a story about who you are Families often are surprised when I tell them that brainstorming essay topics is typically more difficult than writing the essay. Writing the essay can be a breeze if a student has pushed     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Summer campus visits

People always seem to apologize when they’re making plans for summer campus visits: “I’m sorry, I know we should have done all this sooner, during spring break, but we couldn’t work it out.” Campus visits during the summer are fine. I just say that you might need to have a little more     Continue Reading...