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06/22/2024

“Is college right for me?”

This is a question I wished students and families asked more. As you start to consider life after high school, there are two things that may prove helpful. First, reflect on your “why” (for more check out Simon Sinek)--what are your goals, aspirations, hopes, and dreams. Then, understand the different paths available to you. It’s important that you research all your options to make a decision that’s right for you. Try and tune out what “society” says or what “other” people think you should do--it’s not their life, it's yours!

https://readscorner.com/2020/07/20/do-i-have-to-go-to-college-after-high-school/

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06/21/2024

If you are beginning to start the college admissions experience…stay organized! “Okay, thank you Captain Obvious!” No, seriously. There is a lot of information that will be crossing your path over the next few months. Make sure you have set up a good system to keep all your information together and track your progress. Also, having an independent educational consultant (IEC), like Read’s Corner can help provide support in all this. Let’s chat!

06/21/2024

“But Evan, summer is for fun and relaxing! I don’t want to study!”

Is your student planning on taking the SAT and/or ACT tests this fall? Their summer schedule might be a little bit more flexible to incorporate some study sessions to help them prepare for the SAT and/or ACT tests. Instead of having an exhausting study session right before the rest, pace it out over the summer. Check out some resources here from the College Board (SAT Test) and the ACT Test to help you prepare!

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html

https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat

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06/20/2024

High Schoolers!

Have you made any college visits yet? Summer is a good time to visit potential schools. Start small with a local college near you. Or perhaps you have planned a vacation already where you could make a little detour to a college a bit farther away. Or use this extra time to plan out college visits for the fall.

Either way, whenever you’re ready, I got some for your college visits here: https://readscorner.com/2019/05/28/quick-tips-campus-visit/

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06/20/2024

YOU DID IT!

You got you student graduate high school 😮‍💨. It wasn’t easy, and certainly there were tears and laughter. As the dust settles from graduation celebrations, the excitement, and, yes, grief you may be wondering “what’s next?” Supporting your student in navigating the transition from high school to college is very real. They often feel like a switch has been flipped. One minute they are a teenager where everyone is telling them what to do, next minute they are a college student who should be a mature adult. In reality, they are the same person.

To help you and your student deal with this next hurdle, I have some helpful tips: https://readscorner.com/2022/06/15/making-the-transition-from-high-school-to-college/

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06/19/2024

While today’s society is encouraging us to attend college, it’s important to think about how college will support you in achieving your goals. Students can start by asking themselves, “Why do I want to go to college?” A deep understanding of your purpose and “why” will serve as your True North as you navigate your journey.

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06/19/2024

is a holiday that has been celebrated by the African American community for over 150 years. Please take some time today to learn more about the beginnings of Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, and the significance it has as part of our country’s history.

Learn more with resources from the National Musuem of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/juneteenth

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📸 credit: NMAAHC

06/18/2024

This is an emotionally stressful time for parents of high school seniors! I know, I know, the understatement of the century. Be fearlessly vulnerable. It’s ok to share that you are feeling some feelings. It reminds your student that you are a human being too. In fact, it will also remind them you are a safe person to help them manage stress.

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06/17/2024

When you have a problem, you go to a specialist to find the right solution. Whether it is illness, taxes, finances, car repairs, or education, you rely on a team of experts to navigate the more complicated aspects of life.

If you and your student are starting down the path to discovering your student's post high school future, why not hire an educational specialist to help? Independent Educational Consultants (IECs) possess incredible expertise on the college search and selection experience, ease the friction that the college admission journey causes many families, and support your student's social-emotional well-being.

Let’s chat and see how I can best serve your family through this process.

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06/16/2024

Just wanted to shoutout to all the dads and surrogate dads! Happy !

Being a , regardless how you define that role, ain’t easy. I truly hope you get to take a moment, even if it’s a brief one, to acknowledge and yourself. A father’s job is never finished, and so it’s imperative we pause life briefly to reflect on the contributions we have made.

I 👀 🫵 and 🥳👏🫵.

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06/15/2024

Coming Soon: Read’s Corner Bookstore. I am excited to offer various publications to help you support your student on their way to and and through college. Our initial launch will have a College Application To Do List and Goal Setting Workbook. They are beautiful and functional resources packed with guidance and articles so you and your student can make the most of their educational experience.

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Photos from Read's Corner's post 06/14/2024

So…something really cool happened recently…Read’s Corner won Best of Loudoun 2024! I am humbled and grateful for everyone’s support. As I mentioned before, this wasn’t about winning, but about getting the word out that I am here to support our community’s students in their academic journey throughout high school and in the college admissions experience.

Thank you all so much!

https://loudoun.hometownguru.com/winners #/group/357/winner/5640/35877

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06/14/2024

Last day of school here in Loudoun County! Whether or not your student is graduating, or just moving on to the next grade, there’s lots to celebrate! Congrats to all on another year!

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06/14/2024

Congrats to those graduating high school! Students, you worked hard to get here. Parents, enjoy the moment with your student. Take the time to celebrate and soak up the memories of this time and this summer. Best wishes on the next adventure, whether it be college, a career, or a gap year, take the time to celebrate as you enter the next part of your journey.

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06/12/2024

Parents! Is this how you feel when you think about your kid applying to college? Let's chat!

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Photos from Read's Corner's post 06/10/2024

“Evan, it’s summer! How can my student practice time management when there’s no school?!” The answer is simple, but not easy. A great first step is to help your student reflect about how the school year went. Be sure to ask more questions, than you are offering comments:
❓What created the most stress during the year?
❓How did they manage that stress? Was it effective?
❓Did they feel overwhelmed by their tasks and responsibilities last year?
❓How did the manage the competing priorities, deluge of info/tasks?
❓Did that system/method work? If yes, why? If no, why not?
From there, you can guide them to exploring other time management tools that fit their personality: tech vs. analog, planners, calendars, to-do lists, reminders, etc. Then, have them practice using them over the summer. Click the link in the bio for more tips and advice!

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06/10/2024

Recently, I was talking with one of my students about how they planned to use their summer. The answer was exactly what you might expect: “I ‘unno” 🤷‍♂️. Ya know…the answer that triggers every parent out there (me included, when it’s my own flesh-n-blood).

Knowing that this particular student had a lot of personal projects they wanted to complete over the summer, I made a weighty suggestion. “Why don’t you write down all the things you want to accomplish; then chart out how you can spend time each day working on them”.

Thankfully this suggestion came with a “hmmm…interesting” kind of response. Sure enough, the next time we met, he had created a little spreadsheet that charted out how he was going to use his time each day. It included his wake-up time, time for physical fitness, breaks, and more.

As a consultant, I can make these suggestions and often they are received differently than when they come from a parental figure. That said, I would like to think that y’all can navigate a conversation that will lead to a similar end result. Start by asking some open-ended questions, then move into asking questions aimed at guiding your student towards something actionable, and end with offering how you can help/support them.

For more some ideas, check out this article from The Blog:: https://readscorner.com/2019/10/13/right-tool-for-the-job-time-management-part-2/

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06/09/2024

Happy Sunday! Hoping you are taking some time for yourself doing something for you! Self care is so important because it allows us to manage our stress and restore our energy. Do something for you!

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Photos from Read's Corner's post 06/07/2024

Summertime = Funtime 😀! It’s true. Summer gives students a much needed break from the highly structured days of school, extracurricular activities, work, and family! With that in mind, students who create a routine are more likely to achieve their goals, while enjoying the respite of summer break. Talk with your student about what they feel like would be an appropriate and manageable schedule to keep. Something that includes time for rest, activities they enjoy, and a schedule for summer schoolwork.

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06/07/2024

Parents! Is this you? Let's chat and figure out the next step!

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Photos from Read's Corner's post 06/06/2024

🛑2024 is halfway over 🛑!

Or do we have halfway to go? I dunno, it's kind of a glass half full, half empty kind of thing. No matter how you look at it, this is a great time for your student to check in with themself and reflect on their progress towards their goals. Parents, you can help! Asking some open ended questions and thoughtful follow-ups is a great way to help your student reflect on the past 6 months, to chart out a path forward for the next 6 months:

❓What are most proud of from the past 6 monts?
❓Is there anything you would have done differently? If yes, what?
❓What do you want/expect to accomplish by the end of the year?
❓What are the steps you need to take to accomplish those goals?

06/05/2024

Coming soon!

For students, summer seems like the “off season.” Or as my son likes to call it, a “learning vacation.” While summer is a time to relax and have fun with friends and family, students should keep in mind that this “off” period is also a time when they can invest time to learn, practice, and grow. What can students be doing? There’s a lot! We will be kicking off a series here on what students can be doing besides sleeping in and sitting by the pool…although there is time for that too 🙂

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06/04/2024

Oh the places you’ll go!

You know what this picture means to me? This is the result of the hard work that Read’s Corner students have done over the last year. It has been a pleasure to work with these students and watch them achieve their goals. Congrats to my Read’s Corner family on their accomplishments this year! I am looking forward to seeing where you go next.

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06/03/2024

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06/02/2024

The internal critic is a very real thing for a lot of people. That little voice in our head that seems to scream negative self-talk. For this self care Sunday, I want to encourage you to seek strategies that help you combat the internal critic. Remind yourself about all of your wonderful qualities; say aloud all the things you love about yourself; write down your personal qualities you value the most. Sometimes our favorite activities are also helpful, so go out and do the things you enjoy most!

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06/02/2024

It’s halftime in 2024!

It’s time to celebrate your student’s progress on their goals. It’s also time to take inventory of what’s left to be done. Reflect, celebrate, learn, adjust, and move forward 🙂

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05/30/2024

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05/29/2024

*PSA*

As you are scouring the internet for answers to your college admission questions please be wary of anyone claiming to know "how to get you into college".

Nobody, absolutely nobody (including admission officers), can definitively tell a student if they will be admitted. Even I, the college counselor, cannot guarantee that a student will be admitted to any one school.

Those of us in the profession use data, relationships, and experience to guide students through the admission experience. We use a formulaic approach that sets students up for the highest likelihood of being admitted to their schools.

As you float through Insta-pages, TikTok vids, and more you are bound to find some folks who will promise they know how to get into a school. That because they were admitted, they know what the "secret" sauce is to get in. THEY DON'T! It's not possible. Just because a person was admitted to a school, doesn't mean that they know why they were admitted.

I can promise you that any student's admittance is based upon MANY factors, not just one. So, again, anyone promising to know how to right an essay response because theirs got them admitted is clearly unaware of the vast complexities of the college admission process.

Decisions are based upon demographics, the applicant pool, institutional priorities, grades, test scores, essays, recommendations, expressed interest, extracurricular activities, and (yes) money.

Please 🙏 please 🙏 please 🙏 cautiously approach anyone promising you they can "get you in." It's like my parents always said: "if it sounds too good to be true, than it probably is."

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05/29/2024

Folks mostly think of me as a college counselor, and of course they are right.

Truly, what I do transcends just applying to college. It’s common during my college counseling sessions to discuss leadership, time management, social-emotional challenges, mental health, and more.

It’s for those reasons that I have a whole other suite of services around student success. No, I’m not a subject matter tutor. Rather I focus on the soft skills so often overlooked when it comes to being a successful student.

It’s a need that clearly is sought after. Half my students this year sought my college counseling services, while the other half were looking for student success coaching.

As my mission statement says, I am supporting students to and through college. This means much much more than just college application strategies and editing admission essays.

Click here for more: https://readscorner.com/services/studentsuccesscoaching/

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05/28/2024

Welcome back from the long weekend! If you haven’t already taken a few minutes to plan out and prioritize your tasks for the week.

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