The Luxury of Choice

I’m a big fan of College Signing Day. Not the official sports-related one, but the national one that celebrates students everywhere making their college decisions. It makes me reminisce about my time as a college counselor with Bottom Line and brings to mind some of my favorite student memories—moments of joy, of celebration, of hard work paying off, and of great possibility. On Monday, though, this Chronicle of Higher Education article by Eric Hoover reminded me that although many of my memories of former students … Read more…

Tales from a Prospective Parent

I am pleased to announce I am officially the mother of a prospective college student. ME! Yes, me!! Truth be told, I’ve dreamed of this moment for the past 16 years and nine months. Well, that’s probably not the right way to frame my status. This is probably healthier: my daughter has reached the milestone of prospective student and I’m along for the ride. But dammit—I am so excited for this ride! It’s almost impossible for me to have attended college and worked in higher … Read more…

Week in Review: Heating Things Up

We had our second official heat wave of the year this week in Massachusetts (where Cristal and I live) and I loved every hot, sweaty minute of it. Any week that includes early morning runs to beat the heat, ice cream lunches (yup, all three 90-degree days), and late night reading on the deck as the days cool is heaven in my world. It may have taken a while for the warm weather to arrive this year, but it finally feels like summer in New … Read more…

Quick Hit: Rethinking Your Pitch

I’m not a cover-to-cover reader of Entrepreneur magazine, but do find myself on their site fairly regularly for higher education-related (particularly b-school) stories. This month the Editor’s Note, “Pitching Your Business to a Journalist? Here’s What Works,” also caught my eye. I never pass up an opportunity to hear directly from journalists about what elements of a pitch are most likely to lead to a story. You never know what new tips or strategies you’ll take away or how you might rethink a pitch based … Read more…

Week in Review: Lettuce Turnip the Beet

It may only be the first full week of June, but my garden is overflowing. I’m so sick of lettuce at this point (and I’m pretty sure everyone else I’ve forced greens on is, too) that I’m happy it’s starting to bolt. My peas are almost done, carrots and beans have started to come in, and my cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes have so many flowers on them that I’ve had to re-stake a few of the plants. And the potatoes have gone wild—they’re growing out … Read more…

So Long Personal Essay! The Op-Ed is King

A few weeks ago, Erin shared this New Yorker column about the demise of the personal essay with our staff. It’s an interesting read that articulates the reasons why, in ways I never stopped to think about, but that I definitely experienced playing out and was particularly attuned to because of our work placing written pieces by faculty members. In fact, in working with new faculty interested in writing op-eds this year (there were a lot, many inspired by the election and aftermath), I found … Read more…

EWA 2017 Recap

Last week, Erin, Teresa, and I were in D.C. for the Education Writers Association’s 70th Annual Seminar. While there was a lot crammed into a few days on Georgetown University’s campus, I’ve compiled some of the highlights from the conference (not including food highlights, which could comprise an entire separate blog post) for you below. Uncertainty Ahead This year’s theme was “A New Era for Education and the Press,” and quite a few of the sessions reflected the uncertainty in these changing times. Higher ed … Read more…

Week in Review: #EWA17

It’s always enjoyable to attend the Education Writers Association National Seminar. I love seeing my colleagues, getting a pulse check on the education world, and this year, I had a lot of fun testing out Instagram Stories with the TVP Comms account. Plus, I got to hear Washington Post Editor Marty Baron speak (and I’m now even MORE impressed with the casting for Spotlight, his voice was right on the money) and try out Baked & Wired cupcakes (I went with strawberry, and I’m still coming off … Read more…

Quick Hit: TVP Comms Team Descends on D.C. for EWA seminar

While Betsy DeVos will be the first education secretary to not address the annual Education Writers Association National Seminar, the TVP Comms team would never miss this conference. Now in its 70th year, #ewa17 promises to discuss and debate what education reporters should and will be covering in the upcoming year, as well as how to navigate this new era for education and the press. Three members of the team—Teresa, Erin and Ali—headed to D.C. yesterday to meet with reporters, listen to presentations, and to … Read more…

Week in Review: Reunited and It Feels So Good

This week has been a challenging one for me. On Saturday, I dropped my laptop at the Apple store for a little work-up, only to find out I was dealing with a bigger problem than I thought, so off my little darling went to the computer hospital for a five-day stay. On the upside, I learned that I can accomplish most of what I need to do on a given day on my phone and a creaky old computer, though not with my usual speed … Read more…