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Relevance: 100%      Posted on: June 11, 2016

College in Europe 101 Jennifer covers all the bases about college in Europe in this presentation. Choosing the Right Program Jennifer discusses the factors that should weigh into your program choice. This information will pertain both to bachelor's and master's prospective students. Europe. Open Q&A followed the presentation. Master's Degree in Europe Overview Join Jennifer for an overview of available English-taught master's degrees in Europe. Interview with University College Groningen Admissions Counsellor On her most recent trip to the Netherlands, Jennifer met with Nynke-Boudien, Admissions Counsellor, to discuss a variety of areas of interest to potential attendees. College Options in Belgium and…

What’s Your Threshold?

Relevance: 84%      Posted on: August 4, 2016

Though I would say that both Tom and I are comfortable with uncertainty, I admit that he is more likely to explore and embrace new or unconventional ideas long before they hit the mainstream. I can't tell you how many times I've teased him for some seemingly kooky health idea he started incorporating into his routine.  From using coconut oil for just about everything to eating fermented foods for gut health.  Sure enough, soon after I would read about the same thing in the New York Times or see a book review about the microbiome.  Before I knew it, many of…

Timeline to the Best College in Europe

Relevance: 83%      Posted on: May 31, 2016

The planning process for American colleges is pretty well known, but we get a lot of questions about how to plan for the possibility of studying in Europe.  While it is possible to start at any point throughout the process, here is what we suggest from a planning perspective, while your child is in high school. Freshman and Sophomore Year This is a great time to explore the options in Europe.  If there are programs or countries that really appeal to you, check their qualifications. It’s much better to find out now if you need AP courses, rather than the…

The US Admissions Rat Race

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: June 14, 2016

Other than the already sky-high and still increasing tuition, another concern I had about sending my own kids to universities in the US was the high-stress admissions process.  I believe that high school should be used to explore interests and find out what really speaks to you. Instead, college-bound students in the US are often pressured to spend high school performing and producing in order to look good to colleges. The book, Race to Nowhere, spoke to the incredible pressure put on high schoolers these days, Many of who are encouraged to take as many AP classes as they possibly can,…

Opting Out of the Rat Race

Relevance: 68%      Posted on: July 17, 2016

Every single day I feel relieved that we found out about college in Europe at the beginning of our son Sam’s high school experience. As I’ve said before, the college admissions process in this country is something that bothers me just as much-if not more than-the problem of the outrageous cost of college. Since our kids will eventually go to college in Europe, our family will avoid the frantic aspects of college preparation throughout high school.  Instead of going to financial aid workshops or driving kids to and from SAT prep classes, my evenings can be spent in my sweats…

Ellie’s Prep for European Admissions

Relevance: 60%      Posted on: September 30, 2020

I just finished reading Jeffrey Selingo’s new book “Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions”. I’m sure I’ll be doing a post in the future about what I’ve learned as it’s a fascinating read! Some of the most disturbing chapters are those that describe what he heard when he sat in on admissions sessions at different universities, when the admissions counselors decide whether a student would be admitted or denied. There was the student who applied to Emory with strong grades and a rigorous curriculum but the admissions counselors felt he was “lackluster”. They were also concerned…