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Anna Barlow-Boesch

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Should College Freshmen Choose Their Roommates or Go Random?

Posted by Anna Barlow-Boesch on Jun 5, 2019 1:23:44 PM

Let’s roll the calendar back 19 years to the summer of 2000. That summer found me eagerly anticipating my freshman year in college. As I awaited my mid-August departure, I remember questions running through my mind -- “What will it be like?” “What classes will I take?” “How difficult will my professors be?” and, most importantly, “Who will be my roommate?”

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Topics: College Counseling

College Interviews:  What I’ve Learned Working the College Side and the High School Side

Posted by Anna Barlow-Boesch on Mar 8, 2019 9:24:26 AM

Once upon a time in the middle of Iowa’s cornfields, a young woman in her senior year at Grinnell College accepted the position of Senior Admission Fellow in the Office of Admission

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Topics: College Counseling

A Research University or a Liberal Arts College: Which One Offers the Best Fit?

Posted by Anna Barlow-Boesch on Jun 26, 2018 1:20:16 PM

Did you know there are over 5,000 institutions of higher education in the United States? I was reminded of this fact during the recent college tour through the Mid-Atlantic. On this trip, 14 Tabor students, along with Chris Rorke, college counselor, and yours truly, had the chance to see seven different colleges over the course of three days. A whirlwind trip to be sure, it served as an introduction for the students (and welcome reminder for me) of the plethora of options available in the United States. Students also learned about the importance of finding the institutional type that will best fit and support their unique personalities and academic/extracurricular aspirations. It was a productive start to the summer for all of us.

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Topics: College Counseling

Social Media in the College Process

Posted by Anna Barlow-Boesch on Jan 23, 2018 4:47:54 PM

Hashtags. Tweets. Likes. Instagram. Twitter. Facebook.

There is no denying that social media is everywhere, infiltrating virtually every facet of our society. Want the latest news the minute it's happening? Check Twitter. Trying to reconnect with a childhood friend? Do a quick Facebook search. Eager to see what your favorite athlete or celebrity is up to? Follow their Instagram account. Given the rapid development of social media platforms over the past decade, and the frequency with which many of us monitor our respective accounts, it is not surprising that colleges, universities, and yes, even high school college counseling offices have jumped on the social media bandwagon.

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Topics: College Counseling