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Kevin McMullin
Seattle, WA
Kevin is the founder and president of Collegewise.
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I always find it jarring when a blog or website I visit regularly gets a dramatic overnight makeover. So I wanted to give readers a heads up that while the writing and the writer (me) will be staying the same,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Collegewise
The Ebook version of If the U Fits will be released on April 29. You can pre-order at: Amazon Barnes and Noble Books-A-Million BooksOnBoard Google Play iBooks Kobo Powells Paperback versions are available here: Alibris
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Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Collegewise
One of the surest ways to inject stress and uncertainty into the college admissions process is to fixate too much on things you can’t control, like outcomes. Will your dream college say yes? Will you break 2000 on the SAT?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Collegewise
Few counselors have the luxury of unlimited time to meet with students. So it’s important to make every meeting count. One way to make sure you address the most important issues for a student is to just ask: “Before we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Collegewise
Many college applications ask if you’ve ever been subject to a disciplinary action while in high school. And as I’ve written before, the strongest responses to those questions come when a student takes responsibility for the infraction, expresses remorse, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Collegewise
Many students interested in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics don’t have a clear grasp of just what those programs entail, what the differences are between them, and how to decide which (if any) is the right program for them.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Collegewise
From an instructor at Michigan State University in his piece, College Students and Their Helicopter Parents: a Recipe for Stress: More and more university students are feeling anxious, depressed and dissatisfied than ever before and this is due, in no... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Collegewise
Cal Newport revisits one of his best productivity tips here—it’s not about how many hours you work; it’s about the intensity of your focus during those hours. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Collegewise
While back in Orange County, California this week training a new batch of Collegewise counselors, I returned to my alma mater, UC Irvine, and walked my old collegiate stomping grounds. This curbside near the dorms probably doesn’t seem significant to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Collegewise
This article from Forbes shares some helpful tips for decoding financial aid award letters, including some of the usual helpful insight from financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz. Figuring out which college is offering the best deal may or may not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Collegewise
Today, we’re welcoming five new counselors to the Collegewise family. We’ll be spending a week together training in Orange County and Los Angeles before we get them launched in their respective locations to start helping families enjoy a smarter, saner... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Collegewise
I've written both here and in my book that teaching a concept is the best way to make sure you understand it. Whether you're studying history, chemistry or Spanish, if you can stand up in your room and explain the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Collegewise
Dan Ariely’s TED Talk, What makes us feel good about our work?, shares a pretty compelling message: Most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose, not because of money or because we necessarily find... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Collegewise
This kid Kwasi Enin is killing me. For years, I’ve told audiences that when I hear a kid say, “I want to go to an Ivy League school,” I know that student isn’t going to get in. He’s got namebranditis.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Collegewise
In 1993 when I was a senior in college, I was one of five students hired to run the summer orientation program, a series of three overnight stay programs for incoming students and their parents hosted by 100 volunteer student... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Collegewise
Colleges’ admissions decisions always inspire a lot of speculation about why certain kids did or did not get in to their schools of choice. He got in because he wrote a great essay. She got denied because her test scores... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Collegewise
New York Times correspondent and author Jodi Kantor posted this to her Facebook page today: And while comments posted in public forums often range from illogical to completely insane, families currently stinging from an admissions denial might enjoy reading how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Collegewise
Here are two common questions we often hear from senior families making decisions between colleges that have accepted their student: “Do I really have until May 1 to make up my mind? Some of these acceptance letters make it sound... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Collegewise
Inside Higher Ed reported that according to a recent Gallup survey, only 9% of business leaders rank where an applicant went to college as “very important” during the hiring process. But 84% agreed that an applicant’s knowledge and applied skills... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Collegewise
It’s not easy to tell a student who’s at the top of her class, who’s earned high test scores, and who’s been very successful in her chosen activities that her dream school is a reach. That student is likely to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Collegewise
My college connections show up in lots of places on the Collegewise timeline. For the first ten years of our business, the CPA who kept our books balanced and our taxes in line was my college buddy that I met... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Collegewise
I’ve written several times here about the power of enthusiasm. When you legitimately enjoy what you’re doing and you put real energy into it, your passion is obvious. And contagious. A college admissions officer may not know or care at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Collegewise
The pressure of the admissions process sometimes makes students and parents do things they wouldn’t normally do. One common mistake is for a student who was denied or waitlisted to show up unannounced at the admissions office hoping to meet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Collegewise
There were a lot of conversations in our offices yesterday about one parent’s crusade to move parents away from an achieve-at-all-costs attitude for their children. As Madeline Levine, psychologist and author of The Prince of Privilege mentions in the article,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Collegewise
Homeschooling is a great educational choice for some students. But with all the potential advantages, here are a few tips to help mitigate some potential college planning challenges: 1. Take occasional outside courses. A college admissions challenge for many homeschoolers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Collegewise