How I Survived Grad School with a Learning Difference (and Overachieving Perfectionitis)
November 26, 2013

Although I have worked with students and their families for years on self-advocacy around learning differences, I rarely discuss my own history. This is partly because I do not wish to shift the attention to myself and partly because my identity as a learner is so much more than my deficits. Still, I am coming…

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Helping International Students Find a Good College
October 21, 2013

Almost all the parents with whom I work tell me that they just want their child to go to a “good” college. However, when asked to define the term, they have a harder time explaining what they mean by a “good” college other than they saw the name in a ranking list . I understand…

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Is There a College for D Students?
November 2, 2011

A colleague asked me that question this morning. Seems the young man she is working with is “not working up to his potential”. I see this so often that I am dropping everything to write about this very important topic. I work with all kinds of kids, from the superstars going to top tier colleges…

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5 Tips for Surviving THE WORST ROOMMATE EVER, Part 2: The Best Friend/Roommate Tango
September 27, 2011

by Kristina Grappo, guest blogger, TCK, and recent grad. Read Part 1 here. Congratulations! You survived your freshman year roommate, and you have graduated onto sophomore status… This means parties in the quad, later class times in the morning, and looking at those incoming freshmen carrying 50 pounds worth of books in their backpacks thinking,…

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5 Tips for Surviving THE WORST ROOMMATE EVER
August 27, 2011

by Kristina Grappo, guest blogger, TCK, and recent grad. It’s freshman move-in day. You’re the first person to your room. You’re finally able to get rid of your parents. Bed Bath and Beyond trip? Check. Last minute trip to the grocery store to stock up on granola bars, Easy Mac, and Ramen? Check! Congratulations, you…

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Overseas Families Need to Care About the College Visit
November 22, 2010

This last year alone, I did over 100 campus visits. That’s a lot of time and expense spent on travel! So why do I do it? Because there is no better way to get a feel for what an educational institution is all about. And for my families living outside the U.S. who can’t so…

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