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A Parent's Guide to Their Child's Future

Get the inside scoop on all things college with Paige – Mom and College Planning Expert.

“As both a college planning professional and a mom of a high schooler who is just about to take the plunge into the collegiate pool, I love and can appreciate the personalized approach we take with each client. We don’t believe in a perfect school solution. It’s not that there’s a “perfect” school out there for your child, but instead we like to find a perfect fit in a great program for each teen. The right fit starts the student off on the right foot, and I love helping families and teens find that fit.”

-Paige Chapman-Layland

Questions for Paige

You’ve got questions. Paige has answers.

A college counselor explains test-optional, test-blind and test-flexible policies and why you might have fewer reasons to stress as you prepare for college. The college admissions experience involves different levels of stress. In my years as a higher education professional, I’ve observed that preparing for and taking the SAT or ACT is one of the biggest stressors for my students. This isn’t surprising; even if it’s never actually been said, students often think the SAT or ACT will determine how successful they will be in life. When discussing a testing plan with clients each year, one of my first priorities…
I know, I know…the news from the last two years of college admissions is dreary, to say the least. Application numbers are up, enrollment is down (in some cases, way down), and it feels like there isn’t a lot of…
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Old news for the Class of ‘21, but Class ‘22, this is a good reminder. Here at IN College Planning, we work with you so you are able to apply to college in time for the early-action deadline. This signals…
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Meet some of the rising stars of the Class of ‘22. Zoey, Adrianna, Kylie, and Caroline each took time away from their busy essay camp work this week–I am so appreciative. While we hoped that life would be back to…
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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of introducing you to some of IN’s clients who are well on their way to their chosen careers. Today, meet some of IN’s Class of ’21. This current crop of seniors is…AMAZING! Bright, funny, accomplished,…
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Here at IN, we talk A LOT about career development. It really is central to all of the college planning work we do. As often as we share our process, and explain why career development is so integral to college…
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We’ve received SO many questions lately, we’re devoting Fridays to answer them all. Some of the questions are from parents, some from students–all of the questions are interesting. We’ll post replies on our blog, facebook, and sometimes even TikTok. Got…
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When I applied to college a millennium ago, it was impressive that I had 3 (woo, a big 3!) schools on my list the summer before senior year. I got some advice from teachers and my beloved guidance counselor the…
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To kick off this week of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s talk about luck. Is luck a factor in college admissions? NO WAY! Year after year, here at IN, we see great success, no luck needed, for our clients who do…
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The Wall Street Journal’s Melissa Korn shares some sobering news about wait lists at American colleges and universities for the Class of ’21. Here at IN, we knew this year would look different, and that deferments would be up. Check…
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