Dave is co-founder of College Confidential and College Karma Consulting, co-author of America's Elite Colleges: The Smart Buyer's Guide to the Ivy League and Other Top Schools, and has over 30 years of experience helping high schoolers gain admission to Ivy League and other ultra-selective schools. He is an expert in the areas application strategies, stats evaluation, college matching, student profile marketing, essays, personality and temperament assessments and web-based admissions counseling. Dave is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has won national awards for his writing on higher education issues, marketing campaigns and communications programs. He brings this expertise to the discipline of college admissions and his role as a student advocate. His College Quest newspaper page won the Newspaper Association of America's Program Excellence Award, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher's Association Newspapers in Education Award, the Thomson Newspapers President's Award for Marketing Excellence and the Inland Press Association-University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Mass Communications Inland Innovation Award for the Best New Page. His pioneering journalism program for teenagers, PRO-TEENS, also received national media attention. In addition, Dave won the Newspaper Association of America's Program Excellence Award for Celebrate Diversity!, a program teaching junior high school students about issues of tolerance. His College Knowledge question-and-answer columns have been published in newspapers throughout the United States. Dave loves Corvettes, classical music, computers, and miniature dachshunds. He and his wife Sharon have a daughter, son and four grandchildren.

Procrastinate: DELAY, LAG, LOITER, DAWDLE, DALLY mean to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. DELAY usually implies a putting off of something (such as a beginning or departure). Are you a procrastinator but still want to go to college?

For high school seniors in the throes of the college application process, this time of year (early December, at this writing) can be stressful for a number of reasons. By the way, if you happen to be a high school junior, you should pay attention to the kinds of challenges your senior friends are having, because you are just a year away from those same issues that include: (1) selecting the right list of schools to apply to, and (2) how best to market yourself in amid the wide array of entrance requirements.

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