June 21, 2018 | Montclair Local | "College Bound: Wisdom Abounds in Commencement Speeches" 


I love graduation speeches, but have you ever noticed the parallels between commencement addresses and college application essays? I see several.


April 26, 2018 | Montclair Local | "College Bound: Decisions, Decisions and College Choices" 


College Decision Day is May 1, and many students still aren't sure what they'll be doing come September. This month, I offer up some advice, with help from Admissions Mom, one of the expert college counselors working with students via the sub-Reddit Applying To College. 


March 22, 2018 | Montclair Local | "College Bound: Seniors, Take Care of Yourselves While You Wait"


Note to high school seniors: self-care is critical during the waiting period before colleges release their decisions. Look for ways to distract yourselves and watch out for your friends. 


February 1, 2018 | Montclair Local | "College Bound: Visits Are When It Gets Real”


There are a ton of reasons to plan some "college shopping" trips, but the best reason may be the quality time you get to spend with your student. Thanks to Janice and Alan Caine at Custom College Visits (www.customcollegevisits.com) for speaking with me about their college touring business. And don't miss their free guide for parents, available at http://customcollegevisits.com/free-ebook-download.


November 9, 2017 | Montclair Local | "College Bound: Getting a Handle on Financial Aid”


IMANI's JoAnn McCullough helps me articulate some of the ins and outs of paying for college for my monthly column.


September 28, 2017 | Montclair Local | “Montclair Local Voices: Building a Realistic College List”


I interviewed two Montclair-area college counseling experts for advice on how high school seniors can create a college list that takes into account their strengths and interests.  


August 31, 2017 | Montclair Local | “Montclair Local Voices: Writing a Personal Essay with Feeling”


The first of several columns on the college application process published in Montclair Local. My top two takeways: write well and be positive.


April 5, 2017 | "The Morning Buzz,” WMSC-FM  


In response to Morris Hills (NJ) senior Ifeone White-Thorpe's admission to all eight Ivies and Stanford, Montclair State’s radio station, WMSC-FM, had me on for my take as an application expert. The Morning Buzz team asked for background on making a college application stand out and invited me to describe College Application Camp. There are way too many ums, you knows, and uhs here, but 10 minutes to talk about what you love is hardly ever a bad thing.  


September 2016  |  Montclair Magazine  |  “Six Tips for Writing a Memorable Essay” 


Keep it simple. That, in a nutshell, is how you write a how-to on the college application essay in 300 words or fewer. My main message to high school seniors? Relax and trust that you have compelling stories to tell colleges. 


April 14, 2016 | Tap Into Summit | “Pat Berry Featured at Dartmouth Club Luncheon"


I like meeting with small groups. I talk for a while, students and parents ask questions, and the tension that's in the room at the outset dissipates pretty quickly. The feedback I get tells me participants leave with a much better understanding of the essay (and the application process in general) than they had when they arrived.  


May 17, 2015 | Parent-to-Parent Blog | “So your student athlete wants to play in college….”


Some useful insights and tips on Division III athletic recruiting from Montclair State University Associate Athletic Director Rob Chesney. Chesney’s talk was one in a series of presentations organized by College Application Camp in 2015.