Vicinity Magazine, February, 2010 - page 3
Letter from the Editor month after my son began high school, the parents of all 9th graders were asked to attend a seminar to learn about what impresses colleges. e information session didn't strike me as premature. After all, a Manhattan friend had hired a tutor to ensure that her two-year-old daughter aced a nursery school interview. Her reasoning: "If Jessica (name changed to protect the innocent) doesn't get in, she won't get into XYZ , and then ZYX High is out of the question…" By the time my friend took a breath, Jessica was homeless and jobless, no hope, no future. (Epilogue: Jessica ﬂunked the nursery school interview, but graduated with top honors from an Ivy League university. Go ﬁgure.) Even for the less obsessed, applying to college can induce a panic attack faster than undergoing a root canal. Yet experts say that the more know we know about admissions trends, the less we'll worry. Still, college counselors say that much has changed in the past few years. So writer Matt Potter spoke with college counselors at area private and independent schools—and reveals what today's parents need know in his story, "Preparing (Not A Scaring) Students for College." We'll also the top 5 tips for getting that allimportant acceptance letter. If your student needs extra help, area tutoring centers oﬀer a range of services from homework help to preparing for SATs—and everything in between. Find out in Nicole CanforaLupo's story on "Tutoring: Easing the Path to College." We didn't forget that February is heart health month—and healath writer Julie Jacobs takes a comprehensive look at the latest advances, tips and cautions to help you keep your ticker ticking. Finally, I couldn't close this letter without acknowledging the heartbreaking loss of our friend and colleague, Heidi Dommasch. Her spirit was playful and light, strong and kind. Her compassion, laughter and love were endless. She will always be an inspiration and a reason to believe in the wonderful possibilities of the New Year ahead. –Naomi Kenan Editor in Chief In Loving Memory of Heidi HEIDI DOMMASCH, 1971 2009 Heidi had been a vital part of Vicinity Media Group for the past 12 years. With her enthusiasm, high-spirited personality and genuine warmth, she was the driving force behind our success. Heidi pushed us to be our very best— and to do it with joy. Heidi will always be with us—for without her, we would not be where we are today. —From all of us at Vicinity Media Group Cathy & David Black with Heidi February 2010 VicinityMagazine.com 3
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