Friday, August 17, 2018

Tell Us About Your College Application Experience - Part 1

Folks, while my son was always concerned about maintaining a good GPA in high school and actively pursuing other interests outside of academics, he did start to prepare for college seriously during the summer before Junior year. We soon discovered that even though he was attending a private school, the attention the college counselor paid to his specific needs were somewhat lacking. Not much time was spent understanding, evaluating, reviewing and looking at fit for the purpose of each student. I started to get concerned and so got involved to understand the process. My son explored College Confidential and other websites, did informational interviews with past students and generally read a lot. He ended up dumping a number of  schools suggested by his counselor, making his own list and eventually getting accepted to many top tier colleges. In the end he decided to choose between Stanford and Princeton. Princeton won but we were convinced that if we did not take the initiative to get informed about the process, to inquire about the availability of and securing financial assistance and to give him direction on adopting a healthy approach and mindset he wouldn't have been so successful. 
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Tell us about your College Prep Experience
I'm convinced that any student who has the ability to maintain good grades can gain acceptance to elite colleges and so I'd like to help other students and parents achieve the same result. It's unfortunate to see that there has been a decline in enrollment of minority students at top tier colleges and I'd like to do my part to change that. So please take this survey to help me to understand how I can help you.

Seven Years Later - Finding My Niche

It's shocking to me that I last wrote a blog post on CEOmum 7 years ago. As you no doubt can imagine. many many things have happened since. 

For one, I left the law successfully for contract management. While it still falls under the legal space, there are a few benefits that I just love such as working remotely and working with fantastic people all over the world. However I'm thinking of making another change to starting an online businesses related to my interests.

As you may already know for the posts sharing my experiences teaching my son (he's now a grad student at Harvard), I have a passion for helping young students especially ambitious young minority high school students get ahead. So demystifying the college preparation process and helping teens to maximize their potential in this context by coaching, is an offer I'd love to put out there. I'm however stuck deciding on my niche. The other option will be posted on my other blog. I'm, looking for help therefore, if folks, including parents, who have gone through the college prep process would be willing to help me decide by cluing me in on: 
  1. What is the biggest problem you or your child faced during the college preparation process?
  2. What do you wish you knew or had during the college preparing process?
  3. Would you have paid for expert help to solve the problem?
I have more questions in a survey here which will only take about 2 minutes to complete if you are so inclined. If not can you please let me have your responses in the comment box below?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Top Time Savers for Busy Families

We are pleased to have our guest poster Jessi today. Jessi is from PartSelect, the complete online resource for the do-it-yourself repair market and distributor of Refrigerator Parts. She brings some smart time savers to CEOmum. I love the pillow case trick. Which is your favorite?


If you’ve ever had one of those days where you’re late for everything and nothing goes as planned, well – we feel your pain. What’s worse, is that they always seem to happen when you have the busiest possible day ahead and not a second to breathe. Take heart – stuff like this doesn’t need to ruin your whole day. Read on for some great time saving tips that will help you handle life’s curveballs and even avoid them when you can.

Make Lists Your Friend

Lists are the busy Mom or Dad’s best friend. They help streamline tasks, categorize similar activities and can be a fun way to get the whole family involved. There are a few different ways you can use lists to your time-saving advantage.

Start categorizing your shopping lists. Do you need milk? File it under necessities. If you need light bulbs and batteries, they would be considered a household need.

Get the kids involved by creating a list of to-do’s just for them and stick it on the fridge. Make crossing things off a really positive experience by using stickers or allotting allowances based on completed tasks.

Create a family calendar and put it somewhere everyone has access to it. Include things that need to be done daily, weekly and monthly so that it’s clear what’s on the agenda. If you need to, write down who is responsible for what to ensure things get done properly.

Chalkboards or white boards can make lists really fun and super easy to update. They don’t cost very much so you can even keep one in each major room if you feel so inclined.

If and when you can, prioritize. Label what’s most important and what’s least important so that the necessary things get finished on time.

10 Second Tidy

Don’t wait until a problem arises or things are at their dirtiest before getting involved. Spend 5 minutes a day dealing with the little things that tend to add up over time.

Once a week set aside some time to clean bad food out of the fridge and wipe down the shelves
Designate a day of the week to each room of your house and spend 2 - 5 minutes tidying and/or dusting, windexing etc.

Rinse your dishes and put them right in the dishwasher instead of letting them pile up in the sink. A good rule of thumb is not to touch a dish twice, deal with it as soon as it’s dirty. There is an exception to this rule for stuck on dirt – don’t spend too much time trying to scrub it off, let it soak and come back to it later.

Create a lost and found! Instead of trying to track down the mate to a lonely sock or figure out whose missing a white t-shirt, pick a spot in your house for lost items and throw anything out of place in there.

If you’re looking for ideas, check out The House of Smiths for a great tutorial on how to create a laundry room wanted board.

Think Ahead

Trying to get out the door, plan for the day or whip up a meal when you’re tired or in a rush can be a big time struggle. Instead of putting yourself through the stress, plan ahead of time and keep your whole day running at a smooth pace.

If you have school aged children or typically bring lunch to work, think about lunches for the week early on and pack them the night before. Bentobox lunches are all the rage right now and a really cool take on the traditional meal.

Cook double portions of your favorite meals and freeze them. You can even try alternating weeks, cooking for one and eating precooked meals the next.

Pick one or two days a week to do your grocery shopping – Tuesday and Saturday work well for scattering it throughout the week.

If your morning will be busy, set out your clothing at night so it’s not something you have to think about when you wake up.


Some people can’t imagine living an unorganized life, others scoff at the thought of everything having a place. Whether you agree or not, knowing where things are can save a lot of time and frustration.

Avoid losing your keys in your home, even for a second by giving them a designated spot and putting them there all the time. Even if it’s just a tack on the wall, knowing where they are will give you peace of mind when you’re on the go.

Keep your linen closet crazy-free by using baskets to organize unsightly items. Sheets have a funny tendency of looking messy, no matter how they’re folded. Put each set inside of one of it’s pillow cases to keep things looking nice.

Use baskets in your fridge – it will free up space and make clean-up a lot easier.

Check out these before and after shots from blogger Apple’s With Honey.

There are lots of ways to save time during the day, these are just a few of our favs. Although some of them may seem like a lot of work at the start, once you’ve worked them into your daily routine they should take less than 10 minutes a day. We promise you’ll appreciate that extra effort the next time you wake up late and have the world’s busiest day ahead.

Monday, July 25, 2011

What Will They Think of Next

A 3d Printer! He used a wrench in this example. Can you begin to imagine other applications of this technology?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Freedom Rides

From Washington DC to New Orleans - not just any ordinary bus ride but a Freedom Ride to the Deep

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Visit NOW

Sorry for the command in my heading but for those visitors who are as passionate as I am about providing opportunities for our children to learn to read, is just fabulous.

Ok so what is Class Wish all about?

As its About US page says it's a nonprofit organization that allows for a positive change in children's lives by empowering those who care to provide them with the supplies they need to learn, grow and excel.

The notion of the wish is grounded in ClassWish encouraging parents and teachers to set out their educational needs for their school communities. This is the Wish List! Supporters then do what they can to assist these under-funded and school-supplies-poor schools. And it's tax deductible.

Students seeking a summer internship can work with Class Wish in NYC or virtually to promote the program.

ClassWishThey are seeking a wide range of skills namely: "graphic designers, videographers, writers, researchers, creative thinkers, analytical sorts, community organizers, social media stars, people with great communication skills, MBA students, and more."

Get involved by spreading the word, donating, searching for schools to find wish lists, bringing in other schools into the program.

So as I said before visit NOW!