Q: Our Harvard tour guide compared Harvard to Hogwarts five times during our tour. Is this a trend?
A: Yes. It is replacing excessive mentioning of a cappella groups.
Q: Should my eighth grader begin tutoring for the new PPSAT?
A: Sorry – It's too late. She should have started in fifth grade.
Q: It seems as if the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times each have an article every day about how difficult the college admissions process is this year. Or am I just hyper-aware because I have a rising senior?
A: This is NOT your imagination – 76% of the reporters for the Journal and the Times also have rising seniors who will be competing with your child.
Q: Will you help my son with his essay?
A: I would love to, especially because my own son won't let me. Please email it to me. But remember, I overuse parentheses and the verb "to be".
Q: I have heard that admissions officers look down on high school community service trips to exotic impoverished places. Yet just about every college website shows a photo of students surrounded by orphans in Swaziland or Bolivia. Why is it okay to go on these trips in college, but not in high school?
A: Hmm. That's a good one. The Neurotic Parent Institute has commissioned an emergency study and has come up with these preliminary results: They're hypocrites.