January 13, 2019 | Montclair Local | “College Bound: For Juniors, Grades, Summer, Imagination”


December 9, 2018 | Montclair Local | “College Bound: The Impact of College Essays on an Essay Coach”


November 8, 2018 | Montclair Local | “College Bound: Acing the College Interview”


October 6, 2018 | Montclair Local | “College Bound: What They Wish They’d Known About the Colleges They Applied To”


I crowd-sourced this one, asking friends and family to weigh in with hindsight about their college application experience.

September 23, 2018 | Podclair | Interview with Pat about essay coaching, College Application Camp, and living in Montclair, NJ


This was fun! Here’s my conversation with Podclair’s Tina Cowles about helping students write their essays and why Montclair is such a great place to be if you’re in a creative field.

August 18, 2018 | Montclair Local | “College Bound: 9 3/4 Tips for Writing a Good Essay”


Harry Potter may be your favorite literary character, but you’re by no means alone. Make sure, if the good wizard makes an appearance in your writing, that he takes a back seat to the protagonist of your essay: you.

July 13, 2018 | Montclair Local | “College Bound: Parents—Remember to Breathe”


As their students’ senior year approaches, parents should try to relax into the year ahead. Getting a handle on the to-do list will help in managing the college application process.

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


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 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 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 may be the quality time you get to spend with your student. Thanks to Janice and Alan Caine of Custom College Visits (www.customcollegevisits.com) for speaking with me.

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.


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 debut of my column on the college application process for 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.   


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


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.  


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.