Mom U 

Occasional reflections on the admissions process by the mother of a college-bound daughter. 

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The Stress, the Tears, the Moods: 11th Grade, Through a Parent’s Eyes, October 6, 2009

Confronting an Avalanche of Mail From Colleges, October 20, 2009

Touring a College in the Rain, and Drawing Some Preliminary Conclusions, November 3, 2009

Joining the Crowd at a College Fair, November 17, 2009

Of Reunions, Past and Future, December 1, 2009

Keeping Secrets: Where Children Applied to College, December 15, 2009

Test Scores, College and What Really Matters, by Nicole Gerszberg, December 29, 2009

For Mother and Daughter, the “Process” Begins in Earnest, January 12, 2010

Leaving the Nest, but How Far to Go?, January 26, 2010

Looking for Lessons in Others’ Rejection Letters, February 9, 2010

Advice From Students Who Have Been Through It, February, 23, 2010

On the Road Again, Looking for the Perfect Fit, March 9, 2010

A Daughter’s Stress and a Mother’s Worries, March 23, 2010

Advice from Mother and Daughter on Visiting Colleges, April 6, 2010

Savoring Moments of Laughter in the College Search, April 20, 2010

16 Months and Counting: A Daughter Begins to Slip Away, May 4, 2010

Mother, Daughter and the Delicate Dance of Decision-making, May 18, 2010

Recalling When Summer Meant a Break from Stress, June 15, 2010

Reacting to One College’s Advice for Parents, June 30, 2010

That Cafeteria Cheese Steak Might Be Antibiotic-Free, August 3, 2010

Anticipating the Send-off, Thought It’s Still a Year Away, August 24, 2010

The College Essay as an Early Memoir, September 7, 2010

A Daughter’s List Narrows, but Many Decisions Remain, September 22, 2010

Jealously Looking at a List of College Courses, October 5, 2010

Keeping Quiet About a Daughter’s College Choices, October 19, 2010

Check Every Word Before Hitting ‘Send’ (And What to Do if You Didn’t), November 2, 2010

How Do You Advise Your Child to Slow Down, and Wait?, November 9, 2010

Alumni Interview, The Home Version, November 16, 2010

Savoring a Few Lasts, Amid a Flurry of Firsts, November 30, 2010

Deferral? Denial? Acceptance? A Daughter Tells Her Story, December 14, 2010

A College Warns Accepted Applicants to Keep a ‘Shoulder to the Wheel’, February 8, 2011

A Class Gets Acquainted Months Before Freshman Fall, May 24, 2011

Special Discounts (and Memories) at the Container Store, August 23, 2011

A Mother Returns to the College Search, With Daughter No. 2 in Tow, December 17, 2012