Patrick O'Connor


Opinion | College admission scandal: Don’t be blinded by ‘elite’ schools

March 15, 2019 | Patrick O'Connor

Most families don’t cheat. But many feel pressure to get their kids into the “right” college. But what if the “right” school isn’t at the top of all the lists? A college adviser warns of the limits of college rankings.

Take your college ranking guide and burn it

October 19, 2017 | Patrick O'Connor

Unless you happen to live next to a college ranking guide, the list you just paid for was put together by someone who knows absolutely nothing about your child

It’s right for Malia Obama, but is a gap year right for you?

May 10, 2016 | Patrick O'Connor

Taking a year off from attending college may be right for some students but not others. A leading high school counselor answers some commonly asked questions.

What Michigan’s switch to the SAT means for high school students

January 8, 2015 | Patrick O'Connor

Michigan’s decision to switch from the ACT to the SAT college assessment next year caught schools, administrators and high school students by surprise. But there’s no need to panic. Just follow this advice.

7 things every high school student should do this summer

June 26, 2014 | Patrick O'Connor

Summer is the perfect time to plan for life after high school, whether you are college-bound or entering the workforce. Here are a few quick tasks any student can perform.