Life Coach. Writer.


Mom U.

Occasional reflections on the admissions process by Caren Osten Gerszberg, the mother of a college-bound daughter.

A Mother Returns to the College Search, With Daughter No. 2 in Tow

December 17, 2012

Special Discounts (and Memories) at the Container Store

August 23, 2011

A Class Gets Acquainted Months Before Freshman Fall

May 24, 2011

A College Warns Accepted Applicants to Keep a ‘Shoulder to the Wheel’

February 8, 2011

Deferral? Denial? Acceptance? A Daughter Tells Her Story

December 14, 2010

Savoring a Few Lasts, Amid a Flurry of Firsts

November 30, 2010

Alumni Interview, The Home Version

November 16, 2010

How Do You Advise Your Child to Slow Down, and Wait?

November 9, 2010

Check Every Word Before Hitting ‘Send’ (And What to Do if You Didn’t)

November 2, 2010

Keeping Quiet About a Daughter’s College Choices

October 19, 2010

Jealously Looking at a List of College Courses

October 5, 2010

A Daughter’s List Narrows, but Many Decisions Remain

September 22, 2010

The College Essay as an Early Memoir

September 7, 2010

Anticipating the Send-off, Thought It’s Still a Year Away

August 24, 2010

That Cafeteria Cheese Steak Might Be Antibiotic-Free

August 3, 2010

Reacting to One College’s Advice for Parents

June 30, 2010

Recalling When Summer Meant a Break from Stress

June 15, 2010

Mother, Daughter and the Delicate Dance of Decision-making

May 18, 2010

16 Months and Counting: A Daughter Begins to Slip Away

May 4, 2010

Savoring Moments of Laughter in the College Search

April 20, 2010

Advice from Mother and Daughter on Visiting Colleges

April 6, 2010

A Daughter’s Stress and a Mother’s Worries

March 23, 2010

On the Road Again, Looking for the Perfect Fit

March 9, 2010

Advice From Students Who Have Been Through It

February, 23, 2010

Looking for Lessons in Others’ Rejection Letters

February 9, 2010

Leaving the Nest, but How Far to Go?

January 26, 2010

For Mother and Daughter, the “Process” Begins in Earnest

January 12, 2010

Test Scores, College and What Really Matters, by Nicole Gerszberg

December 29, 2009

Keeping Secrets: Where Children Applied to College

December 15, 2009

Of Reunions, Past and Future

December 1, 2009

Joining the Crowd at a College Fair

November 17, 2009

Touring a College in the Rain, and Drawing Some Preliminary Conclusions

November 3, 2009

Confronting an Avalanche of Mail From Colleges

October 20, 2009

The Stress, the Tears, the Moods: 11th Grade, Through a Parent’s Eyes,

October 6, 2009