Anne Macleod Weeks

Anne Macleod Weeks
Anne Macleod Weeks has worked in college admissions for four decades and has published extensively on all aspects of the process. She taught AP English, consulted for the College Board, and was a leader in various educational initiatives in independent schools.

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Parents of Juniors: Let's Talk About The Waitlist

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/31/20 9:00 AM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

You may be asking yourself, "The waitlist? My student is a junior! Why would I worry about the waitlist?"

While your application season is still months away, that doesn't mean your college prep should wait until then. In this article, I'll discuss the specific reasons why thinking about the waitlist when you student is in 11th grade instead of 12th grade can help you through the process.

 

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Parents: Why Choose an HBCU?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/20 3:57 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks


The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines HBCUs as  “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.” HBCUs have a long legacy of producing successful graduates in all fields, with an active professional alumni network, which is one of the primary draws. In a competitive job market, students know they will have an extensive network within which to search for a job after graduation.

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Ninth Grade Parents: Have Your Student Build A Portfolio

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/1/20 9:30 AM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

If you do end up needing a portfolio–for a summer program, contest, scholarship application, or anything else–there is nothing worse than facing a stack of college admission applications... and realizing you haven’t kept track of awards, projects, or even well-written English and history papers. Having concrete examples of student work and accomplishments easily on hand will make your family life much less stressful, especially if you aren’t having to hunt through boxes in the attic to meet a last-minute deadline.

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Parents: Gluten-free in College

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/17/17 6:18 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

The good news is universities are more aware of food allergies and special diets. The bad news is adding the need to find accommodations for your student’s special diet can increase the stress of 

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Parents: Should I Disclose My Student's Documented Learning Difference?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/17/17 6:06 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks


It may be counterintuitive, but disclosing a documented learning disability in the college application process can actually provide your student with an advantage.

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How to Create Your Student’s Admission Marketing Plan (Part 4)

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/3/17 4:07 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

In this last entry, in our four-part series, we focus on the Teacher Recommendation.

 

It may feel as if you and your student have no control over what a teacher writes in a recommendation, and to some extent, that is true. But, with the right approach, you and your student 

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How to Create Your Student’s Admission Marketing Plan (Part 3)

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/2/17 5:26 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

Now that your student has practiced that elevator speech, it’s time to make sure the essays, short and long, are in sync with what your student has been communicating in the college search and visit.

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How to Create Your Student’s Admission Marketing Plan (Part 2)

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/31/17 2:55 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

Once your student has their elevator speech perfected, it is time to use it in two preplanned conversations: the college fair and the interview.

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How to Create Your Student’s Admission Marketing Plan (Part 1)

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/29/17 8:15 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

Applying to college is more than making campus visits, filling out applications, demonstrating interest, and scoring good grades and standardized test scores. It is learning to present a total picture that appeals to the admissions office, convincing them your student is a perfect fit, who can enhance the college’s community. This means doing your homework and knowing what each college values.

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Make the Most of Pre-Professional Summer Programs for College

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/27/17 8:07 AM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

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My Junior's College List Does Not Match My Parent Expectations

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/15/17 5:48 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

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It's March! Have a Conversation with your Ninth Grader!

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/6/17 1:03 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

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It's March! Have a Conversation with your Eighth Grader!

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/17 1:01 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

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