by | Mar 17, 2021 | Our Blog | 0 comments


Thank you to everyone who read the blog last week! As a reminder, or for anyone just joining us, I’ll be sharing college-related updates with you each Friday while we ride out the waves and impacts of coronavirus. These will include tour and admission information, how schools are staying connected, and news from the home front (me!). If there’s anything specific that you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll do my best.


Custom College Visits Partners with College Essay Solutions

We are pleased to announce that as a special benefit for our clients, we will be partnering with College Essay Solutions.

College Essay Solutions has been in business since 2005 and since then, Craig Heller, Founder and President, has helped hundreds of students with their application essays. Craig works to reduce the stress that so often accompanies the process of writing college essays, and guides teens to write superior essays so they feel confident moving forward with their college applications. 

For more information about the partnership, please contact me at janice@customcollegevisits.com. To jumpstart our collaboration and kick off the college application season, Custom College Visits and College Essay Solutions will be co-sponsoring a webinar where we will share tips about writing college essays and planning college visits. The webinar is scheduled for Sunday, June 21st . Details will be posted on our website and our social media pages by early June. We will also send out an email closer to the date with this information.

10 Mistakes Students Make With Online Learning

Earlier this week I came across a thought-provoking blog written by Maggie Wray, founder of Creating Positive Futures.  She describes ten mistakes online learners make; she discusses what parents and students should be aware of and how they can improve their skills to become better learners and ultimately to see improved grades. As I read the article, I realized that more than missed opportunities, what she’s describing is the potential to develop beneficial habits and routines that students can maintain  throughout  the remainder of their high school years and take with them into college. I encourage you to read the full article here.


Photo Project at Occidental College Builds Connections Between Patients, Doctors in Pandemic

“Five years ago, Occidental’s Mary Beth Heffernan flew to Liberia with a simple idea: Would portraits worn on the outside of their frightening personal protection equipment (PPE) suits humanize healthcare workers and make patients more receptive to their care?…Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic a growing number of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals across the country are embracing the idea of wearing PPE portraits and reaching out to Heffernan to take advantage of her field-tested insights.” Continue reading to find out more about how Mary Beth Heffernan’s work is helping to create a bond between frontline healthcare workers and their coronavirus patients.

Courtesy of Marc Campos./Occidental College

Butler University Pharmacy Grad Students Create Hand Sanitizer for the Indianapolis Community

“Working from specifications set up by the World Health Organization, and meeting their standards to make it efficient,” a group of graduate pharmacy students at Butler University have found a way to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. Grad students Victor Anguiano, Mohammed Ramadan, and Zach Todd, supervised by faculty members Sudip and Nandita Das, will “mix up gallons of hand sanitizer to donate to Circle City hospitals, as well as homeless shelters, nursing homes, and domestic abuse treatment centers.” Find out more about how these students are helping to fill a need in the community. 

Turning Deposits Into Donations

During Ursinus College’s recent 3-day Admitted Student Experience, students learned just how important it is for the college to give back to the community of which they are a part. For each deposit received during the event, Ursinus College, situated in Collegeville, PA, donated $100 to the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry, to help ease the burden of many individuals and families during this challenging time. Learn how much money was raised and more about the event.


Yesterday we celebrated what would have been the day for Brittany’s actual grad school commencement with a customized cake and sparkling wine. It was the first time in probably three weeks that I actually stepped foot into a store to purchase something (as opposed to sending my husband or ordering online), but I wanted to make sure she had her favorite cake flavors! The biggest excitement this week was that my son made the leap from a Google phone back to an iPhone! Had I not been here I wouldn’t have believed what an arduous decision-making process it was for him. He received his red iPhone SE today, and I haven’t seen him that excited in a long time. Now comes the hard part—he’s trying to transfer everything from one phone to the other… Some tv highlights—Jeopardy, of course. We’re working our way through Mad Men, we finished watching Little Fires Everywhere, we’re through the second season of The Sinner and we very much enjoyed Unorthodox. I still found plenty of time to read a couple of novels and do some work as well!

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