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Understanding the Lingo: EA, ED, REA, RD

Posted by Steffon Gales, Associate Director of College Counseling on Sep 24, 2021 2:06:00 PM

Ever wondered what all the acronyms in the college application process stand for? We're here to help. 

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Common App’s Activities Section

Posted by Lauren Boucher, Associate Director of College Counseling on Aug 10, 2021 9:41:16 AM

There’s something about August that incites the back-to-school jitters in me.  I clean and organize my desk, buy school supplies, and dig deeper into writing and meeting planning.

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Summertime College Visits:  Advice From Our Colleagues in College Admissions

Posted by Lauren Boucher, Associate Director of College Counseling on May 4, 2021 12:32:01 PM

It’s the time of year when I start asking the juniors I work with what their plans are for the summer.

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The Uncomfortable, Frustrating College Waitlist and What to Do If You’re On One

Posted by Lauren Boucher, Associate Director of College Counseling on Mar 29, 2021 4:32:14 PM

At this point, college decisions are almost all in and some students have been placed on the waitlist.  It must feel something like “I want to date you, but I’d like to see how this other person responds to my request to go out before I commit to you.”  What?  That doesn’t feel fair.

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Test Optional: College Admissions in the Time of Covid-19

Posted by Lauren Boucher, Associate Director of College Counseling on Mar 17, 2021 4:02:45 PM

A year ago, my colleague Mary Kate McCain and I had just arrived back at Tabor following a week-long tour of colleges and universities in Louisiana and Texas, which we went on in early March.  We knew about COVID-19, but the idea of it becoming a pandemic hadn’t really struck home for the majority of Americans.  I remember looking at an infographic on my phone once we were seated on a flight heading from Boston to New Orleans, announcing to Mary Kate that there were 11 known cases of COVID in Texas.  Eleven.  What a difference a year makes.  On the college counseling front, the past year has felt a little bit like the wild west, but both college admission and college counseling offices have adapted.  Changes include virtual college rep visits and interviews, the offering of an optional prompt on the Common Application related to the impact of COVID-19, and major changes in the world of standardized testing, the most dramatic change being the surge of the test optional movement.  

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Important Lessons Shared by College Admission Pros

Posted by Lauren Boucher, Associate Director of College Counseling on Dec 7, 2020 12:01:09 PM

Whether you’re new to the college process or a seasoned veteran, there’s always something to learn, especially in these topsy-turvy times. That’s why it’s important to hear from our colleagues at colleges and universities around the US to help us stay current. Tabor’s College Counseling Office invited four admission professionals to share some thinking with us for the Junior Family College Kickoff on December 2. Our guests were Deanna Dixon, Dean of Admission at Smith College in Northampton, MA; Bob McCullough, Director of Undergraduate Admission at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH; Amy Cembor, Senior Associate Dean of Admission at Providence College in Providence, RI; and Chris Gruber, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.  

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College Counseling Juniors: Staying Grounded and Focused on the Journey Ahead

Posted by Anna Barlow-Boesch on Apr 20, 2020 11:18:09 AM

Tabor is in the midst of its third full week of distance learning, and I feel the weight of just how much has changed since we all departed for spring break.

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College Office Shares a Blog from Tulane Admissions

Posted by Lauren Boucher, Associate Director of College Counseling on Mar 31, 2020 4:36:47 PM

Tabor’s college counseling team wanted to share this blog post by Jeff Schiffman, director of admissions at Tulane.

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Teacher Recommendations:  A Chapter in Each Student’s Story

Posted by Mary Kate McCain, Associate Director of College Counseling on Mar 18, 2020 1:37:44 PM
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You’ve Got Mail! - Teenage Communication in 2020

Posted by Tim Cheney, Director of College Counseling on Jan 21, 2020 1:36:59 PM

I once suggested to one of my students that they call an admission office to clarify a detail about an upcoming visit they were planning. You would have thought I was asking them to donate a major organ or just told them they would not be able to graduate from high school. You know the look. Bemused. Incredulous. Paralyzed. Snap out of it, kid, it’s a just a phone call, I thought to myself. I make calls all the time for any number of reasons to an assortment of people on campus and off. But that got me thinking about the whole concept of communication, raising some essential questions. Is it reasonable to expect teenagers to communicate as effectively as adults, or perhaps more importantly, in the same manner? 

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Sending Our Son Off to College

Posted by JJ Reydel, College Counselor on Dec 5, 2019 2:28:42 PM

Last year, I wrote a blog in which I described the various college tours I did with my son during the summer prior to his senior year at Tabor.

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Is Early Decision Really the Best College Application Option?

Posted by Anna Barlow-Boesch on Nov 18, 2019 3:27:48 PM

It was day two of the 2019 NACAC conference in Louisville, Kentucky and I knew the session “Early Decision: Who Really Benefits” was going to be packed. I, along with my colleagues from high schools across the country, grabbed a few last chairs, eager to hear what Kirk Brennan, Director of Admission at the University of Southern California and Jeff Schiffman, Director of Admission at Tulane University were going to say about the role of Early Decision in college admission. Given that this is one of the most controversial topics in the sphere of college counseling and admission, I knew there would be some thought-provoking information to gather. I was not disappointed.

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