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    "Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn."- John Maxwell

    I love that quote. Have you heard it before? It's very appropriate when it comes to college. In getting college right, you must know that the Admissions & Application season begins with the live launch of The Common App.

    If you know the process for submitting completed and timely applications, then you know that August is the month to get rolling. You would also know that complexities exist within applications that you can't ignore in hopes your child knows better...that would be a big mistake. However, it's a mistake you could learn from for your next child's college, ugh!
     
    Let's get to winning by learning now, not later.   

    Well-written and early submitted applications win higher acceptance rates and bigger scholarships. Why? Because it reflects in a serious intention of the student and importance to the student.

    Poorly-written and late submitted applications are not well received, typically resulting in quick denials and an important learning lesson...a costly lesson at that. 

     
    Why do student-families submit late applications? Because they are not due yet. After all, deadlines are still months away.
     
    Why do students submit poorly-written or incomplete applications? Because they get rushed.

    I ask you one question-
    Is having your child's application rushed and submitted just under the deadline an effective strategy for winning college acceptances and scholarships? 

    Our families win preferred acceptances and maximum scholarships by getting ahead early. You can too. If you would like to discuss how then
    book an appointment with me now. 

    We discuss these things and much more on our educational webinars. Join us on my next webinar coming up shortly.

    And please follow us on Facebook Live. I'll see you there!

    Hans

    CollegeLogic, GetCollegeRight
    Office # 203.470.3704

    Why Parents Make the Same Mistakes Every Year

    Why Parents Make the Same Mistakes Every Year

    When it comes to college, parents make the same common mistakes as others every year costing them time, money, and opportunity.

    A parent was telling me his story this morning of how he handled his first two children with their college process. He was lamenting about college transfers, changes in majors, extended terms, and extra costs.

    He then stated the profound cause for it all-
    "I just kept thinking that all the college stuff would be taken care of by others. Not until my 3rd child did I realize that I had to be involved and on top of my game."  

    Parents, you can stand on the sideline of a ballgame cheering on your child, but when it comes to college, you can't stand on the sideline! Rather, you need to be involved. You must know more about what you're buying than you do!

    Just think, why do you have an inspection and appraisal done when buying a new home? Because you want to know better about what you're buying. Well then, why wouldn't you use the same approach in buying a college education? 

    You don't because you don't know how to, so you stand on the sidelines hoping it turns out ok. When it doesn't, you lament. Our parents don't stand on the sidelines hoping and lamenting. Rather, they have the tools to know better.

    In buying a house, the bank is your "oversight committee" making sure you know what you're buying without overpaying market price. In buying a college education, we are your oversight committee making sure you know what you're buying and without overpaying market price! 

    We discuss this and much more on our educational webinars. Join us on my next webinar coming up shortly.

    And please follow us on Facebook Live. I'll see you there!

    Hans

    CollegeLogic, GetCollegeRight
    Office # 203.470.3704

    Arrogance vs Confidence, the difference?

    Arrogance vs Confidence, the difference?

    The difference between arrogance and confidence lies in the ability to embrace one's own vulnerability. 

    Arrogance lives and thrives on a superficial platform which does not acknowledge one's own vulnerability. Vulnerability is something that is feared and run from in arrogant people typically caused by a deepened lack of self-esteem. To the arrogant, vulnerability is a perceived weakness. 
     
    Confidence lives and thrives on a genuine and authentic platform which embraces one's own vulnerability. Vulnerability is a recognized sense found in confident people allowing one to proceed ahead in a calculated and cautionary manner. To the confident, vulnerability becomes a character strength. 
     
    I find it very interesting that vulnerability is a perceived weakness in many people and a character strength in others. 

    Ok, what does this have to do with college? Not much directly, however, I mentor young people to be confident, not arrogant. It's a big difference. Arrogance causes many problems at college, while confidence provides for college success...just a thought as kids get ready to head to college in a month or so.

    Hans

    CollegeLogic, GetCollegeRight
    Office # 203.470.3704

    The #1 Fallacy of Parents Regarding College Admissions

    The #1 Fallacy of Parents Regarding College Admissions

    Fallacy- an error in reasoning that renders an argument logically invalid.

    There are many fallacies of parents regarding the College Admission & Application process. Your successful outcome may very well hinge on your understanding of these fallacies.

    Here is the # 1 most common fallacy of parents and students regarding college admissions- 
    • College admissions is a de-selection process made easy by the students and permitted by the parents.
    It is a de-selection process. You may not want to believe it, but it's true. College admission counselors look to reject the application within 5 minutes of opening it. Our job is to keep them from doing that. However, students make it very easy to reject. How? 
    • Students wait too long to begin the applications.
    • Students tend to rush through the application.
    • Most student's essays are poorly conceived, poorly written, and of little interest.
    • Activities are left incomplete.
    • Supplemental questions are rushed through. 
    Applications are being submitted incomplete and easy to detect in less than 5 minutes. Parents allow it by not exercising appropriate oversight.

    Mom and Dad, we are applying for college
    admissions and scholarships. Do not assume your child will satisfy the need without your oversight and input. 

    We're not talking about buying a color television here, rather, we're talking about your child's college future along with your family finance.

    We discuss this and much more on our educational webinars. Join us on my next webinar coming up shortly.

    And please follow us on Facebook Live. I'll see you there!

    Hans

    CollegeLogic, GetCollegeRight
    Office # 203.470.3704

    College Admissions, This is the Biggest Mistake Made

    College Admissions, This is the Biggest Mistake Made

    College is not a prize to be won, rather, it is a match to be made.

    It's "College Admissions" season.

    Welcome to our College Admission & Application summer series where we will focus on key topics for winning admissions and earning scholarships. 

    We begin by identifying the biggest mistake made by the student's and their families-
    • Families proceed with submitting applications without having a plan, strategy, or qualified college list from which to work, leaving too much to random chance.
    Families too often leave college applications to a random selection based on name, rankings, family, or Naviance. That's not how a match is made. 

    You make a match by-
    • Working from a college list matching the student's qualifications, interests, and needs.
    • Visiting the right colleges, meeting the key people.
    • Evaluating colleges for a realistic opportunity.
    • Having a plan to submit "early" applications for winning preferred acceptances.
    • Forming a strategy that results in having quality options and leverage.   
    • Choosing a college that delivers on all stated goals of the family.
    Mom and Dad, these are not things you can just wait for your child, school counselor, or travel team coach to do for you. Getting this right is your job, not anyone else.

    We're not talking about buying a color television here, rather, we're talking about your child's college and future.  

    We discuss this and much more on our educational webinars. Join us on my next webinar coming up shortly.

    And please follow us on Facebook Live. I'll see you there!

    Hans

    CollegeLogic, GetCollegeRight
    Office # 203.470.3704