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...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

The pros and cons of long-distance love

For high school couples it must seem like the world doesn’t believe in love. Everyone – well, maybe not everyone – is telling them to break up and start fresh in college. Long-distance romances can be challenging in the best of times. Trying to maintain a high school relationship, dealing with     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Freshman survival tips

The big transition isn’t too far away. Many soon-to-be freshmen have already been on campus for orientation and most have their roommates lined up. Beneath the veneer of excited anticipation, almost all of them are nervous. There’s a lot to contend with. Here are some of the things first-years are     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Common App has a new challenger

For decades,  the Common Application, with over 500 member colleges ( www.commonapp.org), has dominated the college application landscape. But after last fall’s fiasco with technical issues at Common App, an interesting variety of colleges has joined forces with its young rival, the Universal     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Coping when your child isn’t happy on campus

Sometimes parents are the last to know. Students have heard the refrain, “college is the best four years of your life,” since elementary school. Talk about building up unrealistic expectations; it’s nearly impossible for any freshman’s experience to live up to what’s been drilled into them     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

It’s time for rising seniors to think about college essays

Summer is a great time to ponder deep thoughts, and right now rising seniors should be pondering their college essays. The essay is a student’s best opportunity to set themselves apart in the college application. Their grades through junior year are set and while they may be able to improve their     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

3 key tasks this summer for incoming seniors

“Yay, junior year is finally over, time for a vacation” is a frequently heard refrain in many households these days. Yes, students absolutely deserve a break, but let me be the bad guy and tell them not to waste their summer away. Give them some “decompression time” where they can push aside     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

What one parent learned during the college hunt

Last week I spoke with Jacob about lessons he had learned during his college admissions process. This week it’s equal time for his mom, Karen. Over the last several years I have hosted a “Veterans and Virgins” lunch where I bring together veterans – parents who have recently gone through the     Continue Reading...