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College and Career Readiness Specialist

Nina Berler

College and Career Readiness Specialist
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Last week’s snow made the holidays feel very real. During Thanksgiving break, college applicants and their families should relax and unwind. But in the coming …

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It’s a new week, complete with an election and no Early deadlines! If you’re the parent of a senior who’s just submitted, …

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Between new students, revised ebooks and webinars, it’s been a busy season for this college counselor. Here’s what’s hot in the world of …

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Between AP exams and PARCC testing, it hasn’t been a typical week around many high schools. Hopefully students, especially juniors, are gearing …

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It’s been a week to honor the bold. Last Sunday evening and again the next morning, I rode New Orleans’ historic St. Charles …

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Most of the results are in, and while some college applicants are celebrating, many students, parents and counselors are finding causes for concern. …

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It’s spring. Will students blossom into the college applicants we know they can be? It’ll take looking beyond the March Madness and …

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This week, you may have felt the effects of a (hopefully final) winter storm, especially if you lost power. Some students feel powerless …

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The Olympics are wrapping up this weekend. No more hype and outcomes we can’t control! And while we can’t control students’ admissions …

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  A new year—a time to refresh. What, that’s not the case in your household? If you find yourself fearing the new …

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A few weeks into a new year, college-related topics continue to make headlines. New Jersey’s own Scott White, a veteran school and independent counselor, …

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What should a parent of a high school student expect in February? A continuation of what was going on in January! Hopefully, …

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Whether it relates to saving for your student’s education, institutional fundraising or setting tuition, economics plays a major role in the college process. …

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Around the country, college students have moved in. (Barack and Michelle moved Malia into Harvard during the eclipse, the day before her …

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In my years as a college counselor, I have seen many bright students struggle with the questions asked by individual colleges outside …

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Are you getting ancy about college applications? Do you have or know rising seniors who are feeling the heat? unCommon Apps is …

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It’s hot here. Glancing at my Google Drive while writing this post, I see that a student has been working on his Common …

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A road trip, some time at the pool, and the Common App Personal Essay. What more could a student want? Here are …

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It’s officially summer! Relax, enjoy, and don’t forget about college applications. Questions? unCommon Apps is around to provide answers. How do colleges review …

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Depending on their high school, students have either taken final exams or switched into summer mode—unless they’re rising seniors. Here’s what’s trending just in …

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Until recently, the media has focused on college applicants and their admissions decisions. With National College Decision Day behind us, we’re seeing …

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And they’re off . . . Could we have a bigger week for celebration (other than the last week of school)? Monday, …

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For Spring Break, I combined business and pleasure in a whirlwind Southern college adventure. Included were 19 campuses in DC, Virginia, North Carolina …

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March goes out like a lamb. March Madness ends in March. High school seniors now know their options for college . . …

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We’re getting close. Within two weeks, certainly by the time March Madness concludes, seniors will have received the bulk of their admissions …

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Sure enough, March is coming in like a lion. But for college applicants awaiting their decisions, will it go out like a …

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Who doesn’t love a snow day? As I create this post, snow is swirling, students are (probably still) sleeping, and parents are …

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Next weekend, the Falcons and Patriots will compete in Super Bowl LI. As each team knows, getting Super Bowl experience is nothing …

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From coast to coast, there’s action on the college front. Here’s what’s going on: Go West, College Counselors! No trip to the …

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Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed time with your families that did not include any discussion about the college process. …

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Late last week, Early Decision applicants starting hearing from colleges. Early Decision is not for every student, but it can be enormously beneficial …

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By presidential proclamation, November is College Application month. Don’t we know it! While seniors were working hard on Regular Decision applications, I …

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Last Tuesday was not only the start of a new month; it was also Early Decision Day. On Monday, October 31, …

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It’s the time of year for Halloween tricks and treats. If your student is a senior or a junior, pay close attention. You …

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The Global Antidote: Going to College in Europe Earlier this year, Money reported that “Americans are Moving to Europe for Free College …

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Fall is quite the busy time in the college-prep world. As I create this post, I’m streaming the annual New York Times Symposium on …

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  On this rainy weekend, seniors tell me they’re stressed. After all, they’re about to embark on a major life transition. But …

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These days, that’s quite the popular question. But I’m just not into polls. They fluctuate. They’re subject to sample size and geographic …

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Ready, set, interview!  I just finished teaching two sections of “Mastering the Interview,” a class for this year’s Hudson School seniors. The …

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On a steamy Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, I stopped by Columbia University before heading over to an event hosted by …

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Go a few weeks without blogging? Impossible! School may be out, but developments in the college process continue to unfold. unCommon Apps …

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  HNYE! HNY!  How often have we seen these abbreviations while scanning our email and social media? But when it comes to …

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The summer before junior or senior year of high school is a popular time to check out colleges. Typically, when a family …

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  Yesterday, a client and her son were stuck in the airport after a college visit. Fortunately, it was a good trip, …

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Several years ago, I began using the PSAT and SATⓇ to teach core skills to my younger private students. My favorite …

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Over the years, I’ve offered and received many bits of advice about starting out and managing a career. On the occasion of …

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What’s Going on with Testing: A Primer for Parents of (Even Rising) High School Students When I sit down with families as …

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Working with unCommon Apps ensures that teens have the skills and perspective necessary to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. We …

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