Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
Personalized Educational Advising & College Application Services
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Congrats!!!  A SAMPLE of of recent Acceptances Include:
Carnegie Mellon,Brown, Cornell, Georgia Tech (Engineering, Bio-Chem), NYU, Bowdoin, WUSTL, Reed, Michigan (Engineering & Other majors), U.Illinois (Engineering & Others), Boston U., UNC, Notre Dame, Miami, Dartmouth, Duke, SCAD, Tulane, Drexel Honors, Parsons, Berklee College of Music, U.Arizona, Penn State, UT Austin, Pittsburgh, SUNY Stonybrook, RIT, UF, plus many more...

My students include aspiring STEM, Business, Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Visual & Performing Arts & Humanities majors


J uniors (2020) - Attend our June WRITERS' BLOCK COLLEGEE ESSAY WORKSHOP -


 Meet Bonnie R. Rabin, PhD
Meet Bonnie R. Rabin, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Cornell University Florida Alumni Rep.
Educational & College Admissions Consultant
30+ Years Experience

College Admissions & 
Academic  Advising  
Serving Clients In- Person in South Florida &   Remotely Nationwide

Writing Your College Application Essay- WHO ARE YOU?
Writing Your College Application Essay- WHO ARE YOU?

Build your personalized Educational & College Admissions Plan!

Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. guides her clients to define and realize educational and career goals. 

With over thirty years of experience as a university professor & admissions committee member you're invited to leverage her extensive knowledge of university curricula and career opportunities to  BUILD YOUR COLLEGE PLAN!.
Be inspired! 
College Admissions & Academic Advising  

Educational & College Admissions Consulting:
  • Academic assessment and extracurricular planning 

  • Customized solutions for effective study habits, time management and test taking strategies
  • Assistance with college research and program majors to create a list of target, reach and likely admit schools.
  • Negotiating and maximizing your financial aid award, including targeted scholarship search

  • Guided college application assistance including application deadline management.
  • Admissions essay- finding your niche, topic development and guided editing of multiple drafts of your Common Application core and supplemental essays and Scholarships
Career Services:    
  • Resume, cover letters and networking  
  • Coaching new graduates
  • Graduate School 


What Do Admissions Rep's Consider?
Insider Tips: What Do College Admissions Reps Consider?
Insider Tips: What Do College Admissions Reps Consider?

Greetings !
  • Rising Seniors- Class of 2020 
    June Writers Block Workshop
  • Common Application 2019-20 
    College Essay Tips-- What to know about essays in 8th grade-- and as a Rising Senior!
  • Increasing Your Chances of Admission -
    The Importance of Educational Goals  
    Tips for College Research:  Academics, Social Life, Career Planning and College Ranking
Greetings Students & Families -- Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors - Class of 2019!

Our team just rolled out OUR NEW WEBSITE- packed with new valuable information about Educational Advising & College Planning.  You'll find several of my videos on topics including high school course planning, STEM college admissions, & financial aid at my website and even more videos at YouTube: College Career Consulting.  Each day I share an interesting and relevant article for parents and teens at FacebookCollegeCareerConsulting - please follow my page, share and ENJOY!  


There are many factors considered in evaluating your college application, including your college application essay(s).  While students don't need to be worrying about writing their college essay in 8th or even 10th grades, I encourage everyone to begin implementing a student-led p ath of exploration of both personal and academic pursuits  throughout middle and high school. 

Experiences both within and outside the classroom are transformative and help to shape a young adult's unique academic and personal identity.  Experiences involve connections with family and members of "communities" that help our young adults become more introspective to learn how they will leverage their strength to find their place in the world.  These same experiences are also the basis for the essay(s) students will write at the end of their junior year providing readers of thecollege application with information that reveals who each student has become -and, in particular-- the potential impact each young adult may have on a college campus and as a potential alum!  

But most important, pre-college experiences build confidence, motivation and better prepare each student for a seamless transition to the undergraduate experience - academic and personal success throughout high school and beyond.

Does your student have an Educational & College Admissions Plan? Are you on target? 



Two of the most important ways in which you'll distinguish yourself on your college application from your equally qualified peers are your extracurricular activities (including honors and awards earned) and the content of your essay(s). Essays should reveal your strengths, passions and how you connect to others by sharing experiences in a heartfelt and authentic essay.
Recognize that for each college, there are more applicants than there are available spaces in the freshman class.  A very large percentage of students have equivalent academic credentials including the appropriate/recommended high school G.P.A., completion of challenging and relevant honors, AP and AICE classes, strong teacher recommendations and solid test scores.
With acceptance rates in the single digits in the most competitive undergraduate degree programs and your chances of acceptance at state flagship schools hovering at less than 50%, how do you make a difference and receive an acceptance letter?!  

As a former University Professor and admissions committee member and current Cornell University Alumni interviewer, I have thirty years of experience reviewing undergraduate and graduate admissions applications.  I know what it takes to get noticed!   Let me guide you to making the most clear and effective presentation of your strengths and unique accomplishments to stand out!

If you reside in South Florida, consider attending my  WRITERS BLOCK COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP  in June.  For students throughout the US, work on your college essay brainstorming, polishing and editing is conducted remotely during numerous personal appointments. You can also join our workshop remotely- ask me how- call : 833-MY-ESSAY 

The essay prompts haven't changed - and can be found here:  

Your college applications are submitted via portals-- including the Common Application, Coalition Application or in the case of several public state universities- a college-specific admissions portal. 

Nearly all applications require a college essay- a 'core' essay prompt allowing the reader of your application to get to know more about you - the person behind the transcript, test scores and resume. This one essay can be used across several college applications.

In addition to the core essay, several colleges require college specific essays or "Supplementals (SUPs)" with some variation of the prompt:  "Why did you select your major and "Why Us"? "

You should expect that a more "competitively ranked" university will ask you to respond to more challenging essay prompts and that your response greatly impacts the likelihood of admissions success.  This is an opportunity to showcase your strengths and demonstrate "informed interest".  EARLY COLLEGE PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL to have experiences to ANSWER THESE PROMPTS!


Your experiences are unique and so too is your message.  Readers of your application truly want to get to know you and hear your authentic voice. There's no "right" answer-tell your story- the story you share is a clear reflection of your values, unique identity and how you connect with others within your "community".

Your admissions essay allows you to distinguish yourself from other students--your competitors --and to introduce yourself.  A well conceived essay highlights your unique strengths and experiences in a way that your transcript and test scores cannot fully illuminate.

I tell my clients to begin by thinking of experiences that may have brought humor, happiness or even sadness into their lives.  The things you remember most are those that shape you - they make you laugh, cry, they are worth sharing because they tell a story that defines you and provides insights about where you want to go with an emphasis on what you hope to achieve during your collegiate experience.

The core essay is time for introspection and reflection about experiences that have truly been defining moments. I've enjoyed helping students tell their story-some of my favorite essays have been revealing and intriguing tales of childhood memories of Halloween, learning to ski, fishing with grandparents, multi-generational family celebrations, rummy-cube tournaments, emigrating to the US, observing a bucket of KFC at a family funeral in India, finding a personal voice through tutoring abroad, gardening that led to a hot-sauce venture and working in the customer service department of a local supermarket chain.

If you've convinced yourself that you're not a great writer- don't let that thought overwhelm you. Simply talk about yourself - to your close friends, a trusted family member (sibling, cousin, parent) or into the voice recorder on your cellphone- and you'll have the start of your essay. You don't need clich├ęs, quotations, or vocabulary that wouldn't normally be used in conversation. You DO need details, examples and passionate authenticity. Be yourself!

Inspiration might come from identifying a happy or sad memory, a treasured keepsake, a mistake you can't forget, something you admire about a parent or teacher's tenacity, moral compass or kindness. Think about the stories your own parents and grandparents share with you about their youth-imagine yourself twenty years in the future sharing your personal stories with a young adult- what would you likely share?
Students in STEM , business and creative & performing arts students need to demonstrate "informed interest" through a clear understanding of the chosen field of study and a "vision" or "problem" of interest.   This is another reason why guided early college planning is essential- allowing every student to nurture emerging interests through formative experiences both within and outside high school. This may include a variety of student organizations, community organizations or competitive collegiate summer research programs.

STEM and business students will be expected to define a clear "question" or interest-- showing a deep understanding and appreciation for the chosen field. Creative and visual arts students submit a portfolio of work- and part of that process requires a statement of vision - explaining the selected pieces shared.

While you will want to demonstrate "informed interest" (see my earlier blog on "Admissions Trends "), you will want to aim to "recycle" your responses wherever possible.  For example, writing a college specific supplemental essay focused on discussing what motivated you to pursue engineering or business you'll likely discuss your inspirational experience at FIRST robotics or DECA.  Equally important, you'll want to include college specific information that elaborates and demonstrates your informed interest in attending a specific institution by referring to genuine thoughts about the undergraduate research opportunities, a specific research institute or some unique aspect of the undergraduate curriculum that inspires you.

Colleges are unique and it's up to you to have a very solid reason for why you want to attend a specific institution.  Do you research as this will increase the likelihood of admissions success and also finding a college that is your best personalized fit. This information needs to be included in your essay and woven into your discussion of the shared experiences noted on the activities portion of your common application.

I often meet young adults who seem to think they have already decided the field that they want to study as undergraduates and even as graduate students! Their enthusiasm is wonderful, but at times these early academic/career choices rest upon preconceived notions about their interests and  misinformation about a given field of study. 

As young adults, high school is the time to learn more about EVERYTHING and rule out nothing. 

The essential process of  discovery includes exploring a variety of academic disciplines many of which may yield a rewarding and joyful educational and career path.   Given  my curriculum expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels, I continue to  encourage students to explore to find a unique path.

With a few hundred academic majors and nearly 4000 undergraduate colleges, it's very unlikely that the high school curriculum and extracurricular experiences enjoyed thus far have put all of the available and amazing options on your student's radar.

THAT IS STEP 1 your   College exploration process!!  Let me help your student explore undergraduate curriculum maps and  faculty research institutes to discover the "problem" they want to solve? Where will your student make an impact!?

The college application process can be stressful for parents and students alike. High school juniors  -you're invited to c omplete your Common Application Core Essay  before your summer vacation. Register to attend my multi-day June Writers Block workshop.  

WORKSHOP GOAL:  Build your Admission Strategy, Complete your Common Application and Core Essay

Parents can rest assured knowing that their student will receive personalized and knowledgeable attention before, during and after the workshop. Students can "chill" knowing that completion of the workshop will provide them with the peace-of-mind needed for a more relaxing summer leaving plenty of time to recharge for their challenging senior year!

Finding Your Passion:

There's a major field of study to match the unique strengths and interests of every young adult!  With nearly 4,000 colleges offering an impressive number of traditional and cutting edge majors and minors, it can indeed be overwhelming to navigate the maze of available degree options.  

As a university professor, I've designed and approved accredited curriculum programs for several universities.  Having spent thirty years advising thousands of students, I invite your family to leverage my knowledge of curriculum requirements and discover an academic area your student will be truly passionate about.  

The more you know about your interests and your strengths, the more likely you'll embark upon a path that is joyful and rewarding. 

How do parents and students select their "best-fit" colleges and decide where to apply and if accepted, where to enroll?

Great choices begin with student inspired research!  


Establish Educational Goals: A student's initial exploration of the 4000 potential colleges shouldn't be driven by name recognition but through a guided and purposeful exploration of college majors, followed by a review of the "social" fit.

Whether you love or hate science, want to change the world, enjoy drawing, solving problems, singing or surfing the web, a student's passions and interests should ALWAYS direct the college research process.

College Admissions Insights: HOW TO SELECT A COLLEGE and A MAJOR
College Admissions Insights: HOW TO SELECT A COLLEGE and A MAJOR

  • What subjects do you really enjoy and do the concepts come naturally to you?  
  • What are your personal strengths? 
  • Are you a natural problem solver? 
  • Are you creative? 
  • Do you enjoy  interactions with and helping others?  
  • Is having a broad based education important to you or would you rather prepare yourself for a very specific occupation (or be honest- income level)?  
  • What types of news stories on your twitter and Facebook feeds do you actually gravitate towards?   
Answering these questions helps you to 
navigate through the curriculum requirements for majors currently on your radar and those you haven't yet considered.

The more you learn about potential areas of study, career paths and specific colleges, the easier it becomes to make informed decisions about where to apply and enroll.   By selecting universities that meet both your academic and social needs you're more likely to be happy and successful in pursing educational goals.   Do your research!
Speak with your guidance counselor, admissions officers, alumni, current and former students.

I invite you to leverage my extensive knowledge of university curricula and my experience advising thousands of high school, undergraduate and graduate students navigating curriculum choices to set and realize educational and career goals.  Based on your academic strengths and personal interests, I welcome the opportunity to work together to create your personalized strategic educational plan.

8th to 10th Grade families 
It's time for your strategic educational check-up/

This is also the appropriate time of year to review  extracurricular activities and set goals for the summer and the next academic year. 
Whether you're ready to finish your core essay before summer and submit your safety-school applications before Labor Day or just beginning to research colleges and majors, or perhaps you want to create a customized learning plan to address study habits and time management, I invite you to CONTACT ME to schedule your Educational & College Admissions Assessment. 
My clients include students across all academic levels in 7th to 12th grades. It's never too early (Middle School) or too late (Seniors) to set educational goals, build solid time management and learning strategies and discover a hidden academic strength. I invite you to learn more about my role in helping to build your student's Educational and College Admissions Plan!
Rising Seniors- Please reach out join our June Writers Block and Fall Sunday Series Writers. A dedicated time free of distraction to work on college applications and essays in a small-group and supportive setting. Space is limited!
Have a wonderful day!


Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus- Cornell Alumni Rep
Educational & College Admissions Consultant
561.509.0021  or  833-MY-ESSAY

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