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About skiracedad

I am a Dad, a passionate skier and an ex-racer who crisscrosses the Northeast with my three junior racers. These writings grew out of some emails that I was writing to my family to fill them on our race weekends. They were forwarded so many times that I finally started a blog. The opinions expressed are purely my own.

60 Days and Counting…

Are you a senior? Are you the parent of a senior? You are now within sixty days of having to submit a deposit to attend college in the fall. Yep, this is starting to get real! You are no longer in the hypothetical world of “Maybe this college would be  a good fit” or “I might be able to manage being a plane ride away from home”, to a place where the rubber meets the road. It is time to drill down and get serious about sorting through your choices and making a decision. March and April are going to fly by. Here are some points to consider:

1. Climate-You need to be honest here, if you love warm weather you might not thrive on a campus that has a long, cold winter.

2. Distance-You have to ask yourself how important it is to be able to go home. Can you be a plane ride away? If a challenge arises, will you be able to manage if you are unable to return home?

3. Cost-This can be the heartbreak season for seniors that have received varying amounts of aid and scholarships from colleges. You may find that a college you love is unaffordable. Think carefully before you sign up for debt.

4. Programs-Take a deep dive into the programs that interest you and see if anything jumps out that makes a program at one college seem more attractive over one at another school.

5. Gut-Trust your gut, your instincts are there for a reason.

6. Own Your Choice-Most college graduates will admit that at some point in their college career, they had a moment where they felt they had selected the wrong school. If this happens to you, it is important to be able to look in the mirror and know that you made the choice to attend the college where you matriculated, no one else.

If you want to read more about coping while you are in college, I recommend a book called The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, by Harlan Cohen. The link is below. Enjoy!


Where Do I Start?

If you have a child approaching high school and you are wondering where to start the college search, I have the perfect book to get you started. I have read extensively about the college process, everything from academic texts to fiction. The first book that I recommend parents read, before their children even enter high school, is called College Unranked.  This text is a series of essays by college admissions professionals and it is edited by Lloyd Thacker. You will learn what is important in the college search and where your student should focus their energy.  The image below is my well-worn copy. Enjoy!




My name is Louise Larsen and I am passionate about helping high school students with the journey to select a college where they will thrive. My goal is to alleviate stress by staying ahead of the process. I aim to send seniors off to their ultimate year of high school with a list of colleges that they love and their applications finished.
I hold a BA in Economics and Spanish from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, OR and a certificate  as an Independent Educational Consultant from the University of California, Irvine. I teach Spanish at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ and I reside with my husband and three children in Rumson, NJ.
I hope my blog provides content that you find useful for you and your family on the journey to college.