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2020

  • Finishing Touches

    It’s Super Bowl week in college counseling. Sixty-six of our 95 seniors have their first deadline on Sunday, November 1, and you can feel the stress in the air.

    Seniors are working overtime to get their materials ready. They’re hurriedly refining activity lists and re-working paragraphs of their personal statements. A handful — against all logic and our programming — seem to just be discovering that Common Application supplements exist for many of their favorite colleges. Now, they have 250 new words to conjure about their favorite work of art or why TCU is just the right school for them.
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  • Test Scores and Milkshakes

    I spent Monday evening at the Fir Tree. We’re careening toward the October 15 Early Action deadline at a handful of colleges — South Carolina, UNC, and the University of Georgia, most notably — and we’ve built a tradition of opening the Fir Tree for seniors to send in applications. We provide milkshakes and last-minute advice, and they click submit surrounded by friends and plates of fries. Even in a COVID world, the energy in that space on these evenings is upbeat and supportive. It’s a real highlight.
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  • When You Can't Visit

    I worry about students limiting their college options during the pandemic. To be fair, I worry about a lot of other things more: the health of our community and nation, lost jobs, and the impact of financial uncertainty on families.

    But this blog is about Woodberry and the college process, so, for purposes here, I’ll admit that I’m also worried about the college search.

    Every year, the college counseling team battles a simple reality: “Students don’t know what they don’t know.” We queue up a range of tools — Cialfo, research sites like Unigo or Big Future, government data, even much-maligned college rankings  — to try and show students that there’s a wide world out there, and that they ought to trust themselves enough to dive into unfamiliar waters.
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  • College Stress and Communication

    Written by Dave Mabe, director of college counseling

    I’m a junior varsity dad. My sons are three and one, so my wife, Molly, and I spend our parenting energy on relatively straightforward tasks like potty training and preventing asphyxiation. These things are important — critical, even, for a housebroken life — but they’re not nearly as complex as helping someone through high school while they juggle the college application process.
    That is varsity parenting.
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  • What Does Best Mean? Understanding College Rankings


    Every year around this time, publications — some of them more cottage industries than magazines — compile and release "best of" college rankings. You may have seen Washington Monthly's 2020 College Guide is just out, and USNews will publish its blockbuster rankings in mid-September.
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