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...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Misconceptions about the college admissions process

There are many misconceptions associated with the college admissions process. College admissions are a little mysterious because decisions, particularly at the most selective colleges and universities, are not solely based on statistics. Students and parents will hear, and then love to pass along,     Continue Reading...

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...