Tip of the day: Stay on topic when writing your college essays. This is an opportunity for colleges to learn something unique about YOU.

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Tip of the day: Sign up early and spend quality time preparing for standardized tests.

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Tip of the day: Challenge yourself: colleges want to see students taking a demanding curriculum rather than choosing the easy way out.

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Tip of the day: Begin college scholarship research EARLY - many deadlines occur in the beginning of the school year.

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Tip of the day: What's the best way to start my admissions essay? Jot down a list of reasons you're excited about the school of your choice.

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Tip of the day: Get involved in extracurricular activities that mean something to you and show dedication and leadership.

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Tip of the day: Maintain relationships with your guidance counselor and teachers. They will write your college recommendations one day.

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Tip of the day: Don't pin all your hopes on one particular college. Keep an open mind and research various opportunities.

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Tip of the day: Show demonstrated interest in colleges: campus tours & info sessions, college fairs & receptions, & sign-up for materials.

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Meet Abby

Abby Siegel has worked for more than 20 years as a college guidance counselor, preparing high school students for success in college. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Abby moved to Chicago, Illinois. She attended graduate school at Loyola University Chicago where she obtained a Master of Education (M.Ed) degree in College Student Personnel and a Type 73 certificate in School Counseling. During her time at Loyola, Abby completed a graduate externship in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she counseled incoming freshmen. She also completed a practicum in the Office of Greek Affairs at Northwestern University. Abby satisfied her School Counseling practicum requirement during her year-long internship at Highland Park High School under the guidance of Jim Alexander, former President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). In addition, Abby received a Type 03 certificate in Elementary Education from DePaul University in Chicago.

 

After several years in Chicago, Abby left her position as a Guidance Counselor at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois to move east to New York City. She worked at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut for four years as a college guidance counselor before transferring to Stuyvesant High School in New York City. In her position as a college counselor Abby was able to focus solely on the college admissions process with her students and to form meaningful relationships with several college admissions offices. During her years as a college guidance counselor Abby has attended several workshops and seminars and participated in numerous college counselor tours.

 

Among Abby’s achievements include being a recipient of the University of Miami’s Excellence in Counseling Award in 2004, an honor she received after being nominated by one of her former students from NCHS. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors (SACAC), and is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

 

Abby was raised in Westport, Connecticut and graduated from Staples High School.

Email:  abby@abbysiegel.com
Phone: 212-702-9747