*** Current Seniors: Need some help deciding and evaluating your options or negotiating your financial aid offers ?

Financial Aid “Negotiations” occur in April – Let’s Talk! Click to Schedule

Curious? Independent?
It is never too early to begin taking steps to ensure your student has a long-term strategic educational plan fostering a love of learning, building solid time management skills and establishing a directed path towards the undergraduate experience. Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. personally guides her students to discover their individual academic strengths and an intrinsically motivated passion for learning, ensuring a seamless transition to the undergraduate experience.
Congratulations to all Seniors!
 I’m so proud of everyone – college acceptances, lucrative scholarships and invitations to participate in research/honors programs. As we head into March – the final round of Regular Decision notifications will be released — April is our month to evaluate options leading to enrollment decisions. It’s also the season to begin negotiating financial aid award letters for our seniors. Everyone is eager to embark on the next step of their journey. Bravo!
Our juniors — class of 2023 – you’re likely engaged in college research. Between now and early summer we should be honing in on a short-list – the balance of reach, match and safety campuses. With college applications ahead, do ensure you have the appropriate coursework related to the college major during your senior year.
You simply cannot apply to major in a STEM field without having ever taken an AP science class- you’ll be unprepared for the rigorous lab work ahead and be a less competitive applicant. Likewise- if you read my note on recommended AP courses- I highly recommend AP Macro or AP Micro and AP Statistics to prepare for a business degree. All of my AP course recommendations can be found in my AP Newsletter.
SAT formats changed (and will again given the recent College Board announcement, SAT II exams were eliminated, AP exams were shortened in spring 2020 (then freshman may have underperformed on AP Human?) (and AICE exams didn’t even occur!) impacting students’ college apps and subsequent college course placement, the SAT writing section is no more, your grades may have suffered in online learning/social distancing, your learning of core concepts may have been challenged, many of your competitive extracurriculars disappeared– so Juniors class of 2023 –your FALL 2022 semester is going to another critical opportunity to make a final impression on your college application. SELECT COURSES WISELY — DUAL ENROLLMENT MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT OPTION FOR YOU — PLEASE REVIEW with your Guidance Counselor or me to discuss.
It is never too early to begin taking steps to ensure your student has a long-term strategic educational plan fostering a love of learning, building solid time management skills and establishing a directed path towards the undergraduate experience. I personally guide students to discover their individual academic strengths and develop an intrinsically motivated passion for learning, ensuring a seamless transition to the undergraduate experience.😊

It’s Time for Reflections:


As the fourth quarter is within sight, AP/IB/AICE exam prep should be a priority. I also invite all students to reflect upon goals set in August. Which of your goals were easily attainable? Why? What have you learned about yourself and how you approach learning and your time that works well and what will you change for the next academic year?
Parents, how have you changed as your student continues to develop their strengths further preparing each young adult for a smooth transition to the undergraduate experience? How can you assist your student to continue to be self-motivated and directed?
At your end-of-year conference, review your accomplishments both within and outside the classroom as well as identify opportunities for growth to realize personalized educational goals.



First and foremost- be yourself because everyone else is taken! That’s not cliché-it is truly the most important piece of advice I can provide.
Discover an area that you are truly passionate about and dive in!
Applicants must clearly demonstrate “informed interest”!
Your application must leave no shadow of a doubt that you are prepared to succeed in your demanding academic major.
 Demonstrating you understand the challenges ahead is essential.
“Informed interest” can be demonstrated through:
  • In addition to completion of AP/IB/AICE coursework, engage in sustained formal or informal extracurricular activities and independent projects (we have plenty of ideas for an independent project)
  • Research: participation in local, regional and national competitions working with our competition educator. An AP class often includes a project or paper that can be the springboard for a larger project and a competitive venue.
  • Thoughtful college specific supplemental essays showcasing maturity and self-directed exploration of a potential narrow area of interest (i.e. stochastic processes in Financial Modeling, Genomics, Artificial Intelligence applications to bio-diversity modelling, pharmaceutical development or language processing and interpretation.)
I’m so proud of all students – our recent acceptances include:
Princeton, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, USC, Cornell, U. Michigan, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina, Vassar, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Emory, U.Illinois, Notre Dame, NYU, Rice, University of Chicago, Washington University (WUSTL), Drexel, Tulane, Brown, Purdue, Swarthmore, SCAD, Ohio, Georgetown, Hamilton, Reed, Miami, Johns Hopkins, University of Florida, University of Arizona, Penn State, Villanova, Northeastern, SUNY-ESF, St. Johns, Embry-Riddle, Colgate, Fordham, Columbia, Barnard, Syracuse, Swarthmore, Pittsburgh, Dickinson, Colorado, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Howard, Fordham, SUNY Stonybrook, Duke, Case Western, Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons, Virginia Tech, Boston U., Hobart & William Smith, Claremont Mckenna, Davidson, Westpoint, Gettysburg, Amherst, Temple, Denison, Howard, UT Austin, SUNY-Binghamton, Hamilton, George Washington, American, Indiana, SMU, James Madison, UF, and many more!
Whether you’re a senior planning to make a choice, or a 10th-11th grade student starting your college research- or just starting high school, please review my online reviews and reach out to Schedule an Educational and College Admissions Planning Assessment
Fourth-Quarter Reminders
Please review your College Board and ACT accounts to ensure that registrations for all SAT/ACT and AP exams for May and June are accurate.
Also, remember, if you’re ill the day of AP exams – there are make-up days scheduled — this year again there are multiple rounds of AP test dates..
 I continue to encourage all families to focus on having students self-manage all their registrations, If students cannot handle exam registration, the college application process will seem daunting.
TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS: Current 9th and 10th grade students with testing accommodations/504 plans should begin the process now of registering with both the College Board (SAT) and ACT.
 Your high school guidance or advising office should assist you in securing your accommodations through the testing agencies, although parents can complete the registration at ACT and the College Board independently. NEED ADVICE?
Continue to revise and update your “Activities Resumes” reflecting all activities both formal and informal this past academic year.  This is an opportunity to deepen, change or modify how you spend your time. This resume will also help you brainstorm and strategize over the content of your Common App Core Essay and any College Specific Supplemental college essays.
Juniors- Your Activities Statement is an essential step in building the contents for the first draft of the required section of your Common Application on Activities.
Juniors will be working with me closely at our WRITERS BLOCK WORKSHOP to complete this process.
In my earlier newsletter COMPETITIONS- INCREASE CHANGES OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS  I discussed some amazing venues to showcase your accomplishments.
For those of you perfecting final papers and projects, keep in mind your best work may be suitable for submission to a variety of state and national essay competitions (and scholarship applications during the admissions cycle in your senior year).
I look forward to discussing and reading any of your papers you would like to share. At our end-of-year conference, we will discuss whether you have any work in progress that is competition-worthy. Please don’t under-estimate yourself!  Competition venues are available in business, STEM, humanities, poetry, legal issues and more.
Are you learning about College Fit – these factors
The university you attend should provide an outstanding academic experience in your intended major/minor fields of study, along with appropriate internship and career placement opportunities. This is paramount to selecting where to attend. These data are readily available on the college website.
There’s a major field of study to match the unique strengths and interests of every young adult! With nearly 4,000 colleges offering an impressive number of traditional and cutting edge majors and minors, it can indeed be overwhelming to navigate the maze of available degree options.
Your evaluation of academics should move beyond published lists of college rankings. The most important steps include learning how to navigate through the “Academics” and the “Research” tabs to fully explore the curriculum maps, degree requirements and the research projects faculty are conducting. As a former university professor with 30+ years of experience on curriculum planning committees, I’m able to help your family assess “academic fit” and effectively explore your academic options to balance each student’s current and emerging interests and strengths.
The social fit is important as each student is looking to find a “home-away-from-home” for their next four years. Is the campus inviting, inclusive and are there opportunities for ongoing social and emotional growth?
This is exactly why students visit university campuses before enrolling. Your Educational and College Admissions Assessment will help you hone in on the criteria that are important to you. Let me help you understand how to have an informative and meaningful online campus visit.
 Colleges are doing a outstanding job at hosting virtual sessions and connecting students with live Q&A and social media.  It’s still possible that campuses may be in a hybrid state for fall– and students are adapting. Parents – it’s hard to imagine the expense for a computer screen- but universities created fabulous and inclusive programs build online communities for freshman. You should expect if needed, the same will be true in fall 2021.
Every family faces unique financial circumstances and we factor those into the choices of where to apply and enroll. If you’re ineligible for financial aid, or find the cost daunting- understanding how to access scholarships and financial aid will reduce the stress that results from mis-information and yes, being an easy target for “scholarship and financial aid scamsters!”
THERE ARE MANY CAMPUSES PROVIDING an EXCELLENT EDUCATION offering deep discounts on tuition given your “admissions profile”. Please do NOT navigate to lists such as those published by various publications since these do not incorporate information about your student’s particular college admissions profile and mislead your family.
If your family circumstances in 2020 or 2021 differ from that reported on your 2019 FAFSA used to estimate your financial aid eligibility, please ask me how to submit an appeal of your financial aid award– no amount is too small – but if you don’t ask you don’t receive. I invite you to leverage my extensive knowledge of university curricula and my experience advising thousands of high school, undergraduate and graduate students navigating curriculum choices to set and realize educational and career goals. Based on your academic strengths and personal interests, I welcome the opportunity to work together to create your personalized strategic educational plan.
Especially for 8th and 9th grade students: Setting the Goals –
Dream It and Own It!
Whether at home or away, summer is great time to Do-It-Yourself – DIY!!
Take hold of a project, set a goal and either working by yourself or alongside other students with a similar interest (I am pleased to match students with similar interests), do-it and own it!
STEM students, let me introduce you to some opportunities to learn to code or take hold of some of the DIY projects in Popular Science magazine (2-3 of these every month). Build a drone?.Food Scientists: Lots of weird new things to learn. Engineers-no shortage of ideas! Aspiring physician– ? Ideally, work on a project with potential entry into science fair this fall .
Business students-are you aware of the latest developments and controversies in your field? Most of us are imagining why there aren’t available real-time COVID-19 tests or why our front line health care professionals still don’t always have access to PPE– these are both BUSINESS LOGISTICS ISSUES!
 Consider volunteering for an organization /family/small business to implement a social media campaign. Learn how to organize data for analysis. All of this can be done from home.
I think all students in any major should learn more about the amazing initiative started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet:
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are encouraging the wealthiest individuals in the world to give back to society through donations that can make a difference in our society and on our planet.
Learn about how billionaires earned their wealth and how they are changing the world. Who do you admire most? Why?  Where will you leave your mark on society?

Online College Advisor Bonnie Rabin, PhD, Boulder, Boca ration

Humanities: Writers, Pre-law, psychologists, diplomats! There are many interesting essay contests throughout the school year. Use the summer to do your research in anticipation of participating in an essay competition in a field of interest. Reading current events and being aware of how public policy makers and industry work hand-in-hand can be eye-opening.
Artists, Actors and Musicians-Continue to create original work expanding your craft, building your portfolio and ultimately finding your unique passion. Is your social media current including videos of your performances?
Bottom line- start to explore areas you haven’t yet considered or enrich an existing interest. I have an extensive list of possibilities and hope all students to do something productive and enjoyable this summer.
READ READ READ-books are only one part of reading. I encourage all 8th, 9th and 10th grade student develop a list of 2-3 internet periodicals, newsletters or industry bulletins that develop and increase your awareness of a potential area of interest.
For example, business students can read the NYTimes Business section or Wall Street Journal. STEM students should be reading one science magazine on a regular basis. Need suggestions? Pre-med students are you aware of the cutting edge research in your area of interest? Have you considered ethical discussions underway?
10th and 11th   NEXT STEPS: FINDING YOUR NICHE, Course Adjustments!
This is the time to develop or confirm your area of interest of study. All juniors should have already spent extensive time comparing and evaluating curriculum at colleges on your short list.
Especially for Sophomores:
This summer is the perfect time to engage in preparation for ACT/SAT tests to be taken in the fall of your junior year. Please discuss with me the variety of test preparation options and what might suit your learning style and family budget.
All students should jump start their anticipated most difficult classes for next year.
For most students, that would be an AP Math or AP Science class. Spend disciplined time 2-3x a week to become familiar with concepts you’ll be learning the first semester. Buy the SATII/AP books and read them.
EdX offers “on-ramp” courses. Let me help your student create a manageable summer schedule and help monitor their progress.
I again reiterate– there’s no magic formula for being accepted into a selective university, and any college advisor who tells you otherwise is being less than authentic. I can guarantee you that building an Educational & College Admissions Plan as early as eighth grade will greatly increase the likelihood of a student who is intrinsically motivated and prepared for academic success.  Students with goals and dreams are better students and live their high school years with greater ease than those who haven’t set some objectives.
Success begins with a student-led Strategic Educational & College Admissions Plan with actionable items!
If you’re a Junior ’23 you should be actively engaged in research on the variety of college majors. I’d welcome the opportunity to guide you to defining your balanced short-list of colleges by June – and hopefully you’ll be joining me at my June Writers Block Workshop.
In June 2020 and 2021 we successfully pivoted and delivered our workshop, including one-on-one personalized writing conferences entirely on Zoom. Adaptability is always essential when faced with an unforeseen challenge. You’ll have daily small group presentations and one-on-one individualized writing conferences throughout the workshop.
If you come prepared daily and finish assigned tasks- you will finish your Common App core essay before summer!
Our long-term goal is to build your student’s educational strategy to leave each student feeling empowered about their success! The shorter-term and immediate goal-learning all remaining materials in your courses and be ready for year-end exams.
  I look forward to hearing more about your emerging academic and personal interests to help navigate a path for success and impact. Don’t be challenged by college application essay prompts that ask “How will you innovate to change the work”– begin your discovery as early as 8th grade!
Have an awesome day!
Warm Regards!
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus & Cornell Alumni Rep
Educational and College Admissions Consultant
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Registration is now open for our June Writers Block Workshop
Followed by our popular and well attended Sunday Fall Series – Resuming On-Demand Bi-weekly in fall
Build a College Admissions Strategy,
Complete your Common Application Core Essay
Before the Workshop
Attend your scheduled Educational & Admissions Assessment to understand the college admissions and financial aid processes. Participate in discussions during your extensive educational analysis aimed at matching you to majors and colleges, increasing your chances of admission, easing your transition to college, and ensuring your long-term academic success.
identifying majors & colleges, personalized application strategies, a detailed assessment of your admissions portfolio and much more.
During the Workshop
throughout the week provide you with candid and specific feedback focused on completing your required Common Application Core essay to showcase your strengths and set you apart from other applicants. Students who come prepared to engage, and complete their overnight assignments will leave the workshop with a polished final draft of their core essay and begin work on a secondary essay to adapt for your college-specific supplemental essays.
In June 2020 we adapted and delivered our workshop entirely on Zoom – including daily presentatoins and one-on-one individual writing conferences. We don’t yet know if we’ll be in-person or online- but are ready to achieve our workshop goals in either format.
Common Application Activities Statement to highlight your accomplishments for admissions, references, scholarships and admission interviews. Receive proprietary activities resume template.
After the Workshop
Ongoing support and guidance with college-specific supplemental essays.
Arrive prepared with your laptop ready to work during daytime sessions and complete any overnight assignments.
Students of all academic levels are welcome to attend our small group sessions in a supportive and welcoming setting. We meet daily.