Instruct: As a coach, consultant and training facilitator, one of the factors that seem to be lacking in our culture is personal accountability. In fact, the research for developing an psychometric assessment that I use for people development, Trimetrix©, quantifiably proves my point.. We hear the excuses and blaming of others it in the media, [...]
Let’s face it; we all fail from time to time along the life journey. We fall flat on our face (sometimes physically, which is usually caught on video and posted to YouTube within 3.6 seconds after impact) and come to the realization we are not perfect. Regardless of how you fail there is only one [...]
Now that Malia Obama is planning to take a gap year after high school and before starting college at Harvard University in 2017, some questions arise: What exactly do students do while on a gap year? What do colleges think of them? The answers are: There are myriad options for students who have the resources [...]
College Counselor: I’m Sick of Reading About Golden Kids Getting Into Harvard. Here’s the Story I Want to See!
I am scrolling down my Facebook feed and there it is…yet another link to a news headline about the “golden child” who won the Ivy League sweepstakes, admitted to each of the eight prestigious schools. My eyes roll as I start to daydream about the news piece I would LIKE to see. It would look [...]
How The School I Never Wanted To Go To Became the School I Never Want to Leave: Proud To Be A Scarlet Knight. Proud To Be Revolutionary.
Rutgers University was definitely not a school that ever broke the top five on my list of college acceptances. Drexel, The University of Miami, and Northeastern were always my dream schools, one of which I fully expected to attend upon acceptance. I saw myself happily roaming the grounds of each of these campuses for different [...]
It’s that time of year. We are in urgent need of PACCAPs (Public Announcements from College Children for Addlebrained Parents). We can save the breath of anxious college-bound children and the going-deaf ears of their anxious parents. Hundreds of thousands of parents will no longer feel the compulsion to shoot the human messenger (aka: their [...]
Conventional wisdom suggests the answer to this question is that the choice of major is the most important decision and consequently drives the career choice. Parents, friends, and some school personnel mistakenly have the student focus on a major. Consequently, the student is asked repeatedly...”What are you going to major in?” Rarely is the student [...]
One of the biggest mistakes many parents make is to discourage their student from looking at a private school because of the Cost of Attendance (COA), or sticker price. For many parents, it costs too much for their student to consider attending a private school. However, the notion that a state public college is more [...]
Using Negative Events to Teach Kids Accountability, Responsibility, and to Stand Up for Their Beliefs
I’m convinced that everything happens for a reason. Around this time of year, like a lot of parents, I tend to get consumed by all of the last-minute, end-of-the-year activities that involve my kids. Everything from soccer parties to teacher gifts. Final exam prep to setting up summer activities. In that whirlwind, I completely zoned [...]
Ingredients: 8 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 6 pounds with the rind) 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and diced - leave in the seeds for extra spice or exclude it if you don't like spicy) 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 [...]