Blueprint Workshop

Blueprint for College Planning Workshop 

Lane Music in Franklin Square, 9648 Kingston Pike

Tuesday, April 15th from 7-8:30 pm

A message from Laurie Brandow:

Does your son or daughter have a dream college? Or are they even thinking about college? What’s the plan? Where do you start?

Let’s start with our workshop!

Along with my colleague Jesse Hedrick from Testing Solutions, we are holding the second annual “Blueprint for College Planning and Admission” workshop. We’ll give you the resources that you are looking for…

From Your-Personal-Statement-is-NOT-an-English-Essay, to Crafting the College List,  our topics and information will get you ready for it all. Learn about Demonstrated Interest and resources for Unraveling the Mysteries of Merit and Financial Aid.  Find out whether the ACT or the SAT might be a better fit for your student.

This year each of my 20 students received multiple acceptances from what we call ’right-fit’ colleges. My mantra: Organization and timeliness minimizes stress and maximizes smart decision making. In other words: Procrastinate Later!

Come by Lane Music at 9648 Kingston Pike in Franklin Square Tuesday April 15th from 7-8:30 pm to get the inside scoop.

SPACE IS LIMITED! So RSVP now by emailing either Jesse at or Laurie at

The cost is $25 per family. We will be giving away door prizes of a Regal Cinema gift basket courtesy of Collegiate Blueprint Consulting as well as a tutoring package courtesy of Testing Solutions.

The Launching Years

It’s no secret that the college admissions process brings pressure to students and parents alike, but this stressful time is a great opportunity for adults to model behaviors that teach teens how to become strong and resourceful young adults. Seeing the bigger picture, keeping anxiety in check, and realizing that outcomes may not happen as planned may sound like simple ideals, but in reality, parents and students are often less able to handle these pressures than they might think.

Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt’s book, The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life, provides strategies for strengthening the parent-child relationship and fostering the independence and resilience so necessary for success in college and in the real world. According Kastner and Wyatt, parents should be focusing less on “where will my child go to college?” as the benchmark of success. Instead, parents should adopt a broader framework and look to questions that truly are vital to one’s future such as:

  • Is my child building strong interests and pursuing them both inside and outside school?
  • Does he seem motivated to do well, wherever he goes?
  • Does he know how to take full advantage of whatever resources a college has?
  • Is he engaged, aware, resilient, responsible, and committed to living a productive life?
  • Is my child developing a life based on worthy goals and values?

The Launching Years offers parents strategies for making this challenging transition a successful one, and the authors remind parents that their goal is the development of a well-adjusted adult, not just college admission.