Posts by » Karen

Subjective Pronouns


Feb 14, 2013 In the Grammar Tree 2 Comments

Sing the following to nice C major scale. “I, you, he, she, it, we, they—will NEVVV-VER be objects.”  Now repeat it. “I, you, he, she, it, we and they” are subjective pronouns, and they will NEVVV-VER be objects. When they appear in sentences, they are the subjects, the doers, the instigators.  Their counterparts, “me, you, [...]

The Wrong Time to be Normal


Feb 14, 2013 Bully Pulpit 1 Comment

The Wrong Time to be Normal   I usually have to write about my students with aliases.  But since I want to share my own son’s admissions horror story, I feel free to use his name.  ROBBIE.   Robbie is the kind of person NOT likely to space his University of Chicago interview.  Robbie never [...]

In the Grammar Tree


Feb 13, 2013 In the Grammar Tree 0 Comments

I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Girls’ Preparatory School, where we NEVER split infinitives, and if we did, we heard about it.  Of course, if we dared to end a sentence with a preposition, we were immediately corrected.  “Where’s it at, Mrs. Good?”  “It’s in the grammar tree,” would be the deadpanned response. [...]

The Gerund


Feb 5, 2013 In the Grammar Tree 0 Comments

The possessive modifies a gerund.  A gerund is a verb that has been turned into a noun by the suffix “ing.” Visiting a college can be awesome.  “Visiting” is a gerund—a former verb wearing the costume of a noun.  Like any self-respecting noun, it must be modified by a possessive pronoun.  You wouldn’t say, “Me [...]

My Approach


Feb 5, 2013 My Approach 0 Comments

As an independent college counselor and educational consultant, I specialize in the college admissions process. I approach students with respect and optimism. I am often humbled by the trust my students place in me. I empower students to recognize themselves, to value their instincts, and to gain confidence in their own voice—knowing that their own [...]

Just Another Perfect Mother


Feb 5, 2013 Bully Pulpit 0 Comments

Kalie’s mom, Pandora, interviewed me at a noisy hamburger joint when I first began my work as an educational consultant. As a mentor and high school volunteer I had helped many neighborhood students with the college process at the time she interviewed me.  I had also just completed my first application cycle with several a-la-carte [...]