COLLEGE MARNI SAYS

  • Julianna Levine

Updated: Sep 29

As the weather turns brisk and college football is in full swing it is now a great time to plan some campus visits! While the one silver lining of the pandemic was an increase of amazing virtual information sessions from colleges there is nothing like experiencing a school in person. Whether you visit somewhere near or far there are always things to look out for on campus. Always immerse yourself the best you can when you visit. That means an info session, a campus tour and asking questions! Can you sit in on a class or speak with a professor? Can you chat with a current student? Eat in the dining hall? Attend a game? I've given tons of tips on this topic on recent podcasts. Check them out at College Scoops https://collegescoops.com/episode-138-creating-a-balanced-college-list/ and The New Old You https://open.spotify.com/episode/444AmefCheG6ymGSVbcFzE?si=93b3ff70d08d4baf.

I have also created a handy checklist attached where you can take notes so that when you develop your final college list and write those essays you will know (and remember) exactly why you want to attend the schools you've decided to apply to! Please feel free to share it with friends and family!

https://www.canva.com/design/DAFNeeGHgTQ/uHbXIub1D9iCdhyqDmJXFA/view?utm_content=DAFNeeGHgTQ&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink

You can copy this link to print, too!! file:///C:/Users/almac/Downloads/Minimalist%20Business%20Order%20Form%20(2).pdf

HAVE FUN and GO 'U'!!!


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  • College Marni Says

Updated: Aug 7

We've crowd-sourced the must have items for the perfect campus first aid kit! Suggestions came from College Marni's Campus Crew including our favorite docs, mamas, papas and current students. Of course, these are SUGGESTIONS! Not everyone needs every item! But we have broken it down by potential ailment and included some easy tips in each section, too! Being prepared will also save on the panic we feel when we can't get to our sick kiddos and start Door Dashing or Amazon-ing items.


Secret tip---On most college campuses the Hillel offers a free Chicken Soup Hotline. Student volunteers will drop off chicken soup and a challah roll to your student's dorm and will send you a note afterward. You can make a donation to say 'THANK YOU'...$18 is good luck and a lovely way to help them keep this wonderful service going! It is also less than you will pay to Door Dash soup to them!

(FYI- This is not a religious service - it is for ALL students on ALL campuses! And who doesn't like chicken soup?)



COLLEGE MARNI’S CAMPUS FIRST AID KIT

*MAKE SURE TO HAVE ALL PRESCRIPTIONS AND INSURANCE CARD

*INFO ALSO WRITTEN DOWN SOMEWHERE SAFE

*KNOW WHICH IS THE CLOSEST PHARMACY

*KNOW WHERE HEALTH SERVICES IS AND HOW TO GET THERE

*KNOW WHERE CLOSE INSTANT CARE OFFICES ARE (THAT TAKE YOUR INS.)

*KNOW WHERE THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM IS

*GET ROOMMATE'S CONTACT INFO


GENERAL:

  • IBUPROFEN/ACETOMINOPHEN

  • CORTISONE CREAM

  • ALLERGY MEDS/BENADRYL

  • THERMOMETER

WOUNDS/CUTS:

  • Normal Saline to irrigate a wound

  • Polysporin, Neosporin or Bacitracin

  • Assorted sizes of Bandaids

  • Liquid Bandaid for paper cuts or cuts in fingers

  • Isopropyl alcohol 70% (for cleansing an area NOT for drinking!)

  • Tweezers

GASTROINTESTINAL:

  • Pepto Bismol for diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach

  • Immodium for diarrhea

  • An acid reducer like Pepcid for gastrointestinal reflux or heartburn

  • Ginger tea for nausea

COUGHS/COLDS:

  • Menthol cough drops

  • Cold and flu elixir, am and pm

  • Theraflu

  • Mucinex

  • Kleenex

  • Nasal saline drops

  • Vicks Vapor Rub

  • Can of chicken soup that you can microwave in your dorm room/apt

BACK PAIN, JOINTS, MUSCLE ACHES:

  • For mild swelling or pain, ice first 48 hours of initial pain

  • Instant Cold Packs

  • Tiger Balm

  • Bengay use only as directed

  • Voltaren use only as directed

  • *If persistent pain, go to ER or urgent care for further evaluation and possible X-ray

SKIN/BREAKOUTS:

  • Try over the counter acne products like benzoyl peroxide

  • Any persistent acne that is unresponsive, please see your dermatologist.

CLEANSERS:

  • Panoxyl bar for face and body

  • Cetaphil or Cerave acne wash/cleanser

  • Watch your sugar intake as high glycemic foods can cause breakouts.

SENSITIVE FACIAL SKIN:

  • Aveeno Calming Cleanser

  • Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

DRY FACIAL SKIN:

  • La Roche Posay double repair facial moisturizer (yes for boys, too!)

  • Cetaphil or Cerave facial moisturizer

DRY CRACKED LIPS OR SKIN:

  • Cerave Healing Ointment

  • Eucerin Advanced Repair Body Lotion or Cream for the extremities and body

  • Cerave Hydrating Body Wash

  • Dove, Aveeno or Oil of Olay Body Washes

ELECTROLYTE IMBALANCE:

  • Coconut water

  • Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier/Electrolyte powders

  • Gatorade

  • Pedialyte

  • Ginseng

  • Portable water purification system like a Britta water canister or bottle to keep hydrated all year.

COVID PREVENTION:

  • N-95 masks to protect yourself and others

  • Antibacterial/Antiviral wipes

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • COVID quick test kits on hand

  • Vitamins and Supplements

  • *If you are having cold-like symptoms, get a COVID PCR test and see your medical provider on campus as soon as possible.

BIRTH CONTROL:

  • Prescriptions

  • Condoms

  • Plan B – (doesn’t expire for 3 years- even if you don’t need it, you may be a hero by sharing it with someone who does)



DISCLAIMER!!!!

This info has been crowd-sourced from College Marni’s Campus Crew made up of my favorite docs, mamas, papas and current students!

You should always consult a physician before taking any meds and watch for allergies and interactions!!!

Obviously, not everyone needs every item on the list but we hope this helps you be safe on campus in the Fall!



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  • College Marni Says

Updated: Jul 26

Last week after my colleagues and I were commiserating, my friend Aly Beaumont wrote a blog entitled “Dream Crusher”. As college consultants trying to help our clients finalize the lists of schools they’ll apply to, the last few weeks have been rough on everyone. It is truly difficult for students and their parents to understand the state of college admissions and how we got here.


Since the Covid pandemic the college admissions landscape has changed dramatically, most notably due to new Test Optional policies at many institutions. This has caused a huge increase in the number of applications many of our nation’s most renowned colleges receive as students and families who don’t quite understand the implications of not sending scores think they’ll “take a shot” at “dream” schools. However, as this graph from Compass shows, students are far more likely to be admitted to highly selective schools when they apply with test scores. Despite that, the number of applications has allowed colleges to cherry pick the class they want to seat quite specifically.


While Aly and many of my colleagues have felt like “Dream Crushers” I, too, have been self- deprecatingly assessing lists as “Debbie Downer.” But my goal isn’t to upset the amazing families I work with. For years, I have been their greatest cheerleader. We have been building pictures of who they are and who they hope to become. I want all of their dreams to come true. The goal is to have choices, options and open doors. I want to know my students can choose a place they will thrive at and be proud of. Yet times have changed and expectations must change with them. I need to ensure that my clients develop well-balanced lists and that they get all of the wonderful acceptances they deserve. That requires honesty.


To this end, another of my esteemed colleagues, Bari Norman, recently shared this enlightening “Then and Now” graph. This chart compares admit rates from 1992 (when many parents going through the process now attended college) to 2022 admit rates. This depiction will help many parents understand how to guide their children without the pressure and preconceived notions of what the “best” schools are. It is actually quite eye-opening!



Today, college admission is often about yield. Schools want to give a yes and get a yes. They need to address and fill institutional priorities including socioeconomic, academic, geographic and racial diversity. They use enrollment management tools like Early Decision policies to keep admit rates low and rankings high.


But let’s be clear – there are thousands of incredible colleges out there and the one that’s “best” for you is the one where you will shine! Where you will do all of the incredible things you want to do. Please don’t only look at schools that are infamously ranked in the top 20, 50 or 100. Even Ivy League Columbia was recently in the news when their rankings methodology was questioned and they’ve been removed from next year’s US News and World Report rankings.


Think about FIT! Academic, social, financial. Think about what you really want. Think about opportunities because that’s what makes an amazing education. Learning and doing. It’s not all about the bumper sticker or the sweatshirt. If you aren’t happy, you won’t be successful no matter what name is emblazoned there. And vice versa if you are!! Dig deep. Research schools you haven’t heard of. See different types of colleges, big, small, rural, city, near, far, liberal arts and universities. There are so many hidden gems. Speak to students, learn about the campus culture, the accessibility of professors, the strength of the alumni network and career services. Check out my Instagram @collegemarni_ where I started College Marni’s Campus Crew to share what a day in the life of students is like at schools where my clients go across the country. You can find them in the Highlights and feel free to reach out to us with questions at https://www.collegemarni.com/ . We will be doing more throughout the fall!


And when students do get those incredible yeses - the acceptances they’ve worked so hard for, when they do find the perfect place to call home for the next four years, then give me a call because “Debbie Downer” will be doing cartwheels and “Merry College Marni” will know that the process works after all!


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