Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Picking a problem for Common App Prompt No. 4

Last week I introduced the Common Application’s (www.commonapp.org) newest question and provided some background information on prompt No. 4: “Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma –     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Common Application’s Newest Prompt

While there was some minor tweaking with four of the five Common Applicationwww.commonapp.org (Common App) prompts this year, there is one prompt, No. 4, that is entirely new. Last year’s prompt “Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Last minute tips to make the most of your summer

Perhaps you’re not one of those super-organized, type-A people who firmed up their summer plans last January. And, right about now you’re finding yourself with more than a little free time this summer. Don’t worry, you’re not alone and the best news is that there are still some good options     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Students recount lessons learned the hard way

I asked a number of seniors how they felt about the entire college admissions process they’ve just completed. I wondered what lessons they learned and what they would be eager to share with rising seniors now. What struck me was how similar their responses were to what the college admissions     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: What to do when the kids come home for the summer

When college kids return home for the the summer, everyone needs to know this: Parents can’t revert to treating their college students the way they did in high school. And college students need to remember that they aren’t living in a dorm or frat house any longer. The biggest gripe on both sides     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Think about a gap year

Every year more and more students and parents talk to me about the pros and cons of a gap year experience. Taking a year off between high school graduation and freshman year can be liberating and the perfect choice for the right student. Here are a variety of good reasons to consider a gap year. Get     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Forced to revisit your college choice

The last two weeks have been extremely stressful for two students I know. It wasn’t just AP exams and prom preparations, it was bigger than that. Both students received after-hours telephone calls from colleges where they had been wait-listed. Both colleges congratulated them on being pulled from     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Hope for the rejected

If your stack of responses from colleges included nothing but rejections, you’ll probably want to read further. The first thing to know is that there’s no reason to despair – there are still options. As of May 10, 305 colleges still have space for freshmen and transfer students for this fall.     Continue Reading...