Tonight I had the privilege of listening to Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a Holocaust survivor and author of the phenomenal must-read book The Choice. Dr. Eger reflected on the recent tragedies that all of us are confronting and reminded her audience that “We are not born with hatred. It is learned.” The horrific tragedy of
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

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
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
We are excited to share that Mindy Popp was featured in The Boston Globe in the Help Desk article “When it comes to your child’s extracurriculars, experts say focus on ‘building a life and not a resume’.” In addition to Mindy’s recommendations about extracurricular engagement, the title of the article highlights a value emphasized on

Praise For Moving The Needle

Last week, I was sitting in a discussion group, and a man seated across from me expressed his concern about the focus of our group’s work. He made it clear that the group’s purpose should not be to try to “move the needle” on his views. I immediately felt a strong gut reaction of disagreement.
In our August newsletter, Mindy Popp shared the article below about her recent trip to her hometown, Pittsburgh, and offered advice to families as we start a new school year: The new school year is just days away, and I often think about the possibilities ahead for our clients’ personal, social and academic growth. I
The New Year is ripe for declaring resolutions and promises to do better and be better across areas of our lives. We proclaim that this time we will reach our goals, whether they are for earning better grades, scoring higher on the SAT, running a faster mile in spring track, and much more. In the

Life Lessons for School Success

This week, we shared our Back to School Newsletter with our clients and colleagues. Among the announcements for fall college fairs and recent stories in the media, I wanted to include some thoughts on how all of us can make the most of the new school year. As the summer winds down and students prepare
The Eames family has been a P&A client for several years, and working with their oldest sons was both exciting and rewarding. Alison, their mom, was actively engaged and supportive throughout our work together. We are thankful to Alison for taking the time to share her insight and tips with our readers and congratulate her