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For high school couples it must seem like the world doesn’t believe in love. Everyone – well, maybe not everyone – is telling them to break up and start fresh in college.

The big transition isn’t too far away. Many soon-to-be freshmen have already been on campus for orientation and most have their roommates lined up. Beneath the veneer of excited anticipation, almost all of them are nervous.

After last fall’s fiasco with technical issues at Common App, an interesting variety of colleges has joined forces with its young rival, the Universal College Application.

Sometimes parents are the last to know.

Summer is a great time to ponder deep thoughts, and right now rising seniors should be pondering their college essays.

While it’s important to rest and recharge the batteries, after a few days it’s time to regroup and get the upper hand on preparing for the fall’s college application process.

Last week I spoke with Jacob about lessons he had learned during his college admissions process. This week it’s equal time for his mom, Karen.

A graduating high school senior reflects on his experiences applying for college.

Letters of recommendation carry varying weight, depending on the perspective of the college or university and who writes them. The more selective colleges may ask for two or three recommendation letters.

Let’s just say Plan A didn’t work out so well; you and your student were surprised by a few of the rejection letters.

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Lee Bierer
Lee Bierer is an independent college adviser based in Charlotte.
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