This spring has been a whirlwind of activities and emotions. Like you, we have been shocked and dismayed by the unethical actions in college admissions that have sparked so many headlines. Yet our hope is renewed every day as we collaborate with young people who are compassionate, earnest, talented, and willing to work hard to pursue their dreams. We engage with parents who value civic-mindedness as much as their teens’ growing independence. We witness the power of meaningful, sincere connections among students, families, and schools. Thus, we know that the stories making headlines are not truly reflective of the millions of students currently pursuing their college degrees.
At The Bertram Group we facilitate a process that promotes self-awareness and personal growth so that students can find “best fit” schools where they can thrive. As this year’s candidates celebrate their futures, we look forward to getting to know another group of young people and families who are thinking deeply about which particular boarding school, day school, college, or other unique educational experience will move them closer to fulfilling their goals.
In this issue:
- I outline the hallmarks of excellence and professionalism for educational consultants.
- Deena articulates the role of authenticity and integrity in the college search process.
- Audrey explores how boarding schools are integrating the latest research about thinking and learning to support 21st-century students.
- In Bertram News, we introduce Dr. Michelle Tullier, a new professional affiliate who specializes in helping young adults launch their careers.
- Jeremy highlights what every parent needs to know about vaping, which has become a public health crisis among teens and young adults.
- Worthwhile Detours recommends a podcast and website that discuss the challenges of—and offer concrete strategies for—helping teens develop a definition of success that is rooted in values, self-awareness, and connectedness to community.
Also, don’t miss Holly’s recent column about how a post-graduate year is becoming more common as a strategy to foster more academic and personal growth before tackling the challenges of college.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you.
Cammie Bertram and the Bertram Team