By Kristin Hiemstra A shameless believer of human potential, Kristin is as dynamic and energetic about career issues as a nice person can be. She combines real world knowledge from her many years of hiring experience in Washington, DC with a decade of college admissions experience.
  • A Parent’s Guide To College Applications

    October 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

    “Parents need to be aware of how drastically the process has changed since we were applying to colleges.” says Christy Schmidt, mother of three college-aged students. For over a decade I have worked with families navigating the admissions gauntlet and agree completely. It has changed and here are a few tips that can help this […]

  • Beating Procrastination

    October 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I’m one of those people who is really good at getting inconsequential crap done especially when the important stuff is looming out there. Need to write an article on college admissions? Well, I absolutely must go buy a mustard yellow jacket like the one I saw on Pinterest. It will take hours to find one…and […]

  • Parenting Tweens

    September 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Well yesterday was payday, so today I spent my day in the mall while my daughter went back-to-school shopping. She has been waiting for this moment since August 1st rolled around and all the catalogs began showing the newest fashions. She understands that August is not a good financial month for educators on 11 month […]

  • To Forty and Beyond! The New Age of Awesomeness

    August 14, 2013 at 5:33 am

    So here we are. No longer babies of the world, we are now the adults of it. How did this happen?!

  • 3 Tips for Raising Awesome Kids

    July 11, 2013 at 5:31 am

    It happens. You walk into a room and it appears all hell has broken loose. Chips have been crushed and ground into every piece of carpeting and furniture. Your walls have been colored on and the wet stain on the cushion was not likely left there by the dog. “Junior!!!!!!” you yell so loud that […]

  • 10 Tips for Homework Motivation

    May 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

    For the Kid Who Hates Homework: 10 Tips Worth Trying Not surprisingly, there are many young people out there in the world who do not get excited about doing homework. This reaction is quite understandable since none of us adults like having to do homework either. For many this is truly a frustrating situation. Since […]

  • Be Successful at Anything

    March 14, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I don’t know how many times it takes a baby before they learn to walk but suffice to say, it is a lot. In the first few months babies want to straighten their legs, then there is the whole crawling experience, followed by teetering, and finally there is walking. Going from 0 to 100 takes […]

  • 7 Tips for Parents to Keep Your Kids from Being the Target of Social Media

    February 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

    @CallingKristin: According to Wikipedia the word parent means to take care of your offspring. Personally I like to think of parenting as an exercise in self-discovery because every time my offspring do something I am challenged to understand I learn something about myself, my tolerance levels, and my personal biases. The truth is my children […]

  • 5 Ways to Stay Focused and Motivated Until You Are Employed

    January 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Dear @CallingKristin, I’ve been unemployed for over a year. I’m discouraged, depressed, and having a very hard time getting motivated to look for work. Do you have any suggestions to help me get my act together?   Dear Reader, First let’s get something straight. You are worth far more than any amount of money! It […]

  • Six Job Getting Strategies for Upcoming Graduates to Take Advantage of Now

    January 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Dear @CallingKristin, I am going to be graduating in May and will be looking for a job. Is there anything I need to be doing now? Great question and the answer is ABSOLUTELY! Here are six tips for soon-to-be graduates:   1. Run, don’t walk, to your college’s career center. These gems are packed with […]

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