Summer is a time to reset and recharge in anticipation of another successful school year.   If you haven’t had time to review some of my earlier blogs and client newsletters, I’m including links below.

Tips for Success – Summer Programs

Wrapping Up the School Year

I look forward to speaking with you to schedule your back-to-school educational consultation creating/adjusting your Strategic Educational and College Plan.  As a former educator, I’m able to share valuable insights on how high school students at all grade and GPA levels can prepare  for success in the college admissions process and also adopting lifelong time management and learning strategies ensuring a seamless transition to the undergraduate experience.


Given thirty years of university experience, I am thrilled to be working closely with many of my students offering complimentary summer career and educational independent study programs for 8th to 11th grade clients and new clients signing a Comprehensive package.

Students and parents are invited to review my comprehensive list of summer projects and together we build a program that may involve summer reading, written assignments (short assignments involving guided student-directed research on potential careers, current events or professional reading relevant to a potential /emerging area of academic interest) and hands-on projects.   Students and I engage by email, SKYPE, phone or in-person to discuss progress on their agreed-to independent summer project.

You’re invited to contact me to schedule a time to learn more about my Comprehensive Services and the complimentary summer program!

There’s a project for everyone!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students are provided with a list of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects and ideas for potential entry into science fairs this fall.

ARTISTS and MUSICIANS should be working on developing their portfolio and honing skills in disciplined creative work thinking ahead to competitive local venues.

BUSINESS/LIBERAL ARTS – I will guide students to exploring a topic of interest with an eye towards writing an essay you can enter into any number of local and national essay competitions (business, history, etc.)  sponsored by a variety of organizations. Need suggestions?  Start a blog on a topic you’re passionate about and when school begins in the fall, bring your best Blog pieces to the school newspaper.

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 and success throughout the summer.

Whether your student is an aspiring entrepreneur, lawyer, engineer, physician or psychologist—I will outline specific online periodicals to review on a regular basis. The objective– maintain a weekly journal to write about issues that capture the student’s attention in industry, politics, the economy, public policy, ethics, fashion, etc. . Pick a topic that fascinates you – write a short research paper with an eye towards entering an essay competition. Participation is just as valuable to the college application as winning any competition.   I look forward to providing written feedback and engaging in discussion with students about the topics being explored and written about this summer.

I maintain a recommended reading list and look forward to establishing an ongoing dialogue with your student to discuss a relevant book. All are non-fiction.

Finally, I am asking all clients in any major to read the amazing initiative started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet: The Giving Pledge


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 the world.  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?

As you can see from my website, I’m not a typical college consultant having spent thirty years as a university professor providing academic advising to undergraduates and graduates.   Our work together doesn’t simply focus on providing guidance with college admissions and the Common Application essay.  My approach is unique as all my clients  receive valuable pre-college academic advising and caring support to help identify their passion, navigate curriculum choices, and to establish a personalized strategic educational/career plan. In addition to exploring interests and academic strengths, you’ll find my knowledge of the financial aid process valuable in understanding how to apply for, maximize and negotiate financial aid!

I look forward to meeting you at a back-to-school conference and/or perhaps hearing from you sooner to explore a summer project.
Best Wishes for a safe, healthy and productive summer