If you are reading this, you are probably a teenager with college aspirations. You recognize that by advancing your education, you can expand your possibilities and increase your career choices. You may — or you may not — have any idea where you want to go, or what you want to do!
“Don’t panic.” – Douglas Adams (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
College is probably part of the plan, and you recognize that you are not alone. Students throughout the country, and around the world, are applying to U.S. colleges and universities in record numbers, fueling intense competition for admission. At the same time many school counselors are spread too thin to provide high school students and their parents with the personalized guidance and assistance they need.
Like many visitors to this site, I believe that every student should have the opportunity to pursue the higher education that is right for them. Realistically, many people don’t have the information and savvy to figure out how to do this.
InLikeMe was designed to help. Sharing my passion for education, along with the knowledge and insight I have developed as a college consultant, alumni admissions interviewer for MIT, and information geek, I created InLikeMe to share my best thinking and the resources I have uncovered with motivated people who seek tools and information to help themselves. Its a pleasure seeing InLikeMe users from around the U.S.A. and Canada along with places such as England, Switzerland, China, India, Brazil and South Africa.
As a high school student planning for college, you probably have lots of questions. InLikeMe offers lots of answers along with great information and advice from college insiders, professional counselors and successful applicants.
If you are a high school junior, sophomore or freshman ready to get a jump start on planning for college — kudos to you. An early start will give you some extra time to define your goals, size up your interests, strengths and weaknesses, and make yourself attractive to college admission officers.
If you are a senior, and just getting started — don’t worry — there is still a lot you can accomplish even in a short period of time.
I founded InLikeMe to overcome frustration with the fragmented nature of the college planning and application process. There are numerous resources, advisory services and commercial web sites with varying levels of quality and relevance. But, until InLikeMe was launched in 2008 none tied it all together in one practical, easy-to-use site.
To pull all the pieces together, I continue to scour the web for resources, read countless books and other publications, participate in admissions advisory programs as a member of IECA and HECA, and visit colleges and universities on a regular basis. In fact, InLikeMe is a big help for my own college consulting practice – Admission By Design.
The result, I hope you will agree, is a user-friendly site, organized around the common-sense steps that a teenager or his/her parents would find comfortable, accessible and helpful. I strive to be your Guide to the College Guides with a site packed full of useful information, commentary and advice along with direct links to hundreds of resources and tools.
Select one of the tabs and you’ll find numerous pages of useful information. Check out the Resources Section (Web Links ) to access many excellent Internet resources for college-bound students.
The college application process is rife with confusion, anxiety and misinformation. This extends from evaluating colleges, to finding financial aid, to thinking about where a student would find a strong “fit”. InLikeMe can be invaluable in helping to sort through these impediments, managing all the information, constructing action plans for each year of high school, and in thinking about how a college candidate can position him or herself to get all that they can out of the college experience.
InLikeMe is a community site and is continuously seeking opportunities to improve and expand the website and information base. I welcome and appreciate your input and advice! Please use the convenient contact form to share your thoughts, corrections and web link suggestions with me.
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All the best,Lynn Radlauer Lubell Founder and Publisher