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Rutgers University 
New Brunswick

Technology Helps Students with LD Succeed in College

Jennifer recently attended the Life After High School and Post-Secondary Expo sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey. 

"I was most impressed with the constantly improving adaptive technology being offered at the college level."

What do Freshman Parents Need to Know?
Watch this fun video featuring Lisa Bleich and some of her clients as they discuss getting ready for college
Important Dates

SAT Test Dates*

August 26, 2017
October 7, 2017
November 4, 2017
December 2, 2017
March 10, 2018
May 5, 2018
June 2, 2018

*Note new August date and elimination of January test date.

ACT Test Dates*

September 9, 2017
October 28, 2017
December 9, 2017
February 10, 2018
April 14, 2018
June 9, 2018
July 14, 2018

*Note new July, 2018 test date


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July, 2017


What's Your Story?


Most writing doesn't happen behind a laptop.  It happens when your mind is free to wander and let an idea percolate and clarify itself.  So as you prepare to write your personal statements and other essays for college be open to what runs through your mind:

  • Right before you fall asleep
  • On a walk, run, bike ride
  • In Yoga, Kick boxing, or the outfield
  • Taking a shower
  • While you are driving
  • While you are talking to a friend about a problem or something unrelated
  • Waiting for the subway or bus or in
    line at Chipotle

Keep a note pad or your phone handy and jot it down, make a voice memo or note for yourself.  Whatever works for you to get the idea down.  Collect your ideas, random thoughts, etc. over a few weeks so when you sit down to write you will already have the inspiration. 


Remember that the college admissions committee has to understand why you do what you do. What motivates you? How did you come to a particular decision? When your personal life prompts you to do something, that's what makes for an interesting story and makes an interesting candidate.


We look forward to brainstorming with you and hearing the stories that best reflect who you are. Rising seniors, if you haven't already, please schedule an appointment with us so we can help you craft your story. 


Contact us if you'd like to work with one of our essay specialists.


Generation Z: The Show Me Generation

At the Denver, CO IECA Conference in May, I attended a seminar with Corey Seemiller, the co-author of  Generation Z Goes to College . Seemiller conducted research with students from Generation Z (those born between 1995 and 2010) and cross-referenced her findings  with 300 sources to identify the key attributes that define this generation. When thinking about how to best work with GenZs, it's important to consider the environment in which they are growing up -- GenZs have experienced unprecedented technological change over their lifetimes; GenZ is the first generation to be connected since birth.

As the parent of two GenZs and mentor to hundreds more, I found Seemiller's insights fascinating.  Click below to read some tips on how best to understand and interact with GenZ as a parent or educator.

Summer Reads
Summer is a great time to relax and read something that you get to choose. Below are some of our recent favorites. 
Juniors - it is not uncommon to be asked in an interview "what is your favorite book?" or "what was the last book you read for pleasure?" 
Sophomores and Freshmen - reading is a great (and relatively painless) way to prepare for the Reading and Writing sections of the SATs and ACTs. 

The Leavers. One of our Chinese students wrote an essay about the millions of rural Chinese kids who are left behind by parents with other family members so they could earn an income.  This was a new concept to me and  The Leavers takes the reader into what it feels like to be both the leaver and the one who leaves. This beautifully written novel traces the mother and son whom she leaves behind.  It takes place in New York and China and brings you into the world of immigrants, adoption, and young man's longing to be loved and wanted. 

Fahrenheit 451  is a dystopian classic set in a future where the government has banned all reading material and learning in order to keep the order.click here to read more
Picking Cotton relates the true story of Jennifer Thompson, who was raped at knifepoint in her apartment while she slept and Ronald Cotton, her alleged rapist.  At the time, Jennifer was a student at Elon University.  She identified Ronald Cotton as her rapist.  He was eventually convicted of the crime and served time even though he was innocent.  This memoir traces their journeys, which ultimately leads to a lifelong friendship.  I listened to this book, which has a woman and man narrate their respective stories and perspectives.  I felt as if I was listening to the real Jennifer and Ronald speak and found myself taking extra walks so I could finish it.

T he Perfect Storm  is a work of (creative) non-fiction that tells the story of a fishing boat, the Andrea Gail, that disappears off the coast of Massachusetts during one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the eastern seaboard. 

The Boys in the Boat is a great story of nine college-aged rowers and their journey to the 1963 Olympics in Berlin. Page by page, this work of non-fiction has you experiencing the challenges the team faced both in their personal lives and on the water. 
Skimming the most recent NYTimes Book Review, there are other great options to try depending on your interests.
If books are not your favorite, magazines or blogs are great alternatives.  You can also listen to podcasts or audio books while you are traveling!  

Graduating Seniors:  It was a pleasure working with each of you. Enjoy your summer!   


Rising Seniors: If you are not yet on our calendar, please contact us to schedule a brainstorming session for your essays.  


Rising Juniors and Sophomores:  

Let us know your final summer plans.



Lisa, Beth, Abby and The CBM Team
College Bound Mentor, LLC 

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