The pandemic has presented a myriad of challenges for families, especially with regard to education and making plans for the summer. Fortunately, many organizations that typically offer in-person summer programs quickly pivoted and transformed their programming to be virtual. There are hundreds of virtual opportunities, including free and low-cost programs that are still enrolling teens.
Please join Ben Sexton & Mindy Popp for a virtual college prep Q&A session Wednesday, June 17th, 12:30pm, FREE  As coronavirus has rocked our lives, the college application landscape has been rapidly changing. With daily announcements about test-optional admissions, test-blind policies, gap year programs, and on-campus vs. online learning, it can be nearly impossible for
As Covid-19 is taking a toll on families in numerous ways, we are here to provide resources and support to help parents and kids stay strong and well during these challenging times. We are pleased to offer 20% off our hourly college counseling services to new and current clients. Please also note the many resources

Summer 2020 Opportunities for Teens

Summer Opportunities for Teens Now is the time to plan for the summer! CollegeXpress offers a free online search tool with an extensive listing of summer camps and programs for academic study, arts and music, sports, travel abroad, and more! TeenLife also hosts free online directories of summer programs and volunteer projects. If students are interested in STEM internships, please explore this resource from BostonTechMom. Lastly, visit NewtonSTEM to
We are thrilled to announce that Popp & Associates will be offering FREE college counseling clinics in February on Saturdays and during school vacation! Families will enjoy a personalized 45-minute advising session when questions regarding course selection, identifying summer opportunities, applying to college, and more will be addressed. While we offer free Meet and Greet

5 Tips for College Applicants’ Parents

How Parents Can Be Most Helpful During the College Application Process: 5 Tips for Your Family -written by Mindy Popp, Founder and Principal College Counselor Popp & Associates 1) Designate specific times to discuss the college application process. Don’t discuss it nonstop as the conversations may increase students’ stress levels and as a result, they
Each summer, Brennan Barnard, Director of College Counseling at The Derryfield School in New Hampshire, shares his own reading recommendations as well as suggestions from others working in the college admissions profession. Both students and parents can enjoy the books on this insightful list whether you are seeking intellectual engagement or a relaxing escape. To see more from
Save The Date! We are excited to announce that College Admissions Academy and Beyond BookSmart will be hosting an event “Set Up Your High School Student For Success” on September 23 at the Wellesley Library. Families with middle school and/or high school students, as well as educators, are encouraged to attend this free event. Executive function coach Jennifer Flewelling and college admissions authority

2019-2020 Common Application News

The 2019-2020 Common Application will arrive later this summer with updates to make the college application process smoother for students and educators. Read here to learn more about what’s new with the Common App for this coming year. And, don’t forget to check out our June newsletter filled with summer college fair information, popular education-related articles from
High school presents students with a myriad of opportunities to engage with their peers, explore academic areas of interest and delve deeper into hobbies and passions outside of the classroom. Satisfying academic obligations aside, students should make thoughtful choices about how they invest their time. The extracurricular landscape in a student’s life should be varied