Cyndy’s Blog

People, Places and Patience

Forget college search based on academics, aesthetics and the student union building, students need to focus on their college selection with the end in mind.  This was the message Harlan Cohen, author of the New York Times best selling book, “The...
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How to Avoid Writer’s Block: Guiding Students Through Writing College Essays Webinar Material

Writing college essays is a rite of passage for most seniors.  Working with students, guiding them through this process, is a rite of passage for advisors, teachers and counselors. Dr. Elizabeth Stone, author of  “The Better College Essay”...
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Tips for University of California Personal Statements

For some, fall is a quiet time built for reflection and season changes.  For us, as college advisors, it is a frantic time packed with students and reading of essays. During this time of year, for the past twenty years, I have been encouraging, badgering...
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Liberal Arts Education- Is it Outdated?

Social Media director.  Director of Customer Success.  Intellectual Property Attorney.  How many  other jobs did not exist 10, or even 5 years ago?  Preparing for jobs that have not been thought of yet, is why a liberal arts education is needed...
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2014 University of California Application Tips

The University of California is the most prestigious, public university in the system.  This is the first year students can start on their University of California applications in the summer.  (Student’s still have to wait until November 1 to officially...
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FAQ’s from ACT Goes Social Webinar with Tyler Coon & Cyndy McDonald

We love bringing resources to you from webinars.  The past webinar, ACT Goes Social with Tyler Coon, Katherine McDonnell, and Cyndy McDonald, generated a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of questions.  The FAQ’s are posted as a document. Missed the...
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