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.
  • Adventure of a Lifetime

    June 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    So we are about to do a family vacation across the US, Griswald style. Instead of the woody wagon, we have the Honda Odyssey, complete with a dvd player. Thank God for technology. Why talk to your children when you can plug them directly into a movie? The trip came together rather haphazardly. My husband, […]

  • Is It Big Enough for Your Fabulousness?

    June 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Personally I’m all for a big house for all of us. As the saying goes, “home is where the heart is” and in a big house there is plenty of space to spread out and try different things.  In a big house we can designate whole rooms for certain purposes such as the TV room, […]

  • Darling, You Look Marvelous

    May 22, 2012 at 10:03 am

    At some point each day, we have to decide what to wear. Some days we look great, and other days we look even better. Each day, we wake up with the energy we use to make it through the day. We also use that same energy to design our lives, go by the grocery store, […]

  • How to Have Grace Under Pressure

    May 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Oh, to be the person who confidently withstands the onslaught of life! You know the ones, the world is crashing around them and they appear effortless as they manage multiple fires. From what I have observed, it is these folks who make it to the top of the heap because everyone else has crashed burned […]

  • Wait, Wait, Don't Waitlist Me!

    April 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    With room for 3,960 in its incoming class, UNC placed 2,256 students on their waitlist in 2010. Eventually they accepted 487. With room for 1,312 in their incoming class, Princeton University waitlisted 1,451 and eventually admitted 164. Of the 1,095 students waitlisted at Amherst in 2010, the school took zero. And UCLA did not use […]

  • Up

    April 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    “Energy flows, where attention goes.” Recently I have been around a lot of people dealing with challenges; a cancer diagnosis, a job loss, a college rejection, a physical beating, a terminally ill dog, an unexpected divorce,  unexpected death of a parent, and various other life altering events. As my high school friend told me after […]

  • 3 Ways to get Money for College

    February 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Since the beginning of their lives, young people have been groomed for college. Years are spent preparing them to get into the best schools. Then it happens – college application time. While students are focused on tweaking their application essays, many parents are secretly wondering how they are going to pay for the college experience […]

  • 3 Strategies for Keeping Calm in the Midst of Change

    January 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    As a career counselor I work with people in transition all the time. Some enter the change voluntarily by deciding they want to find a job in line with their values or calling and others are thrust into it; the employer lets them go or their marriage dissolves, they graduate from college, and they suddenly […]

  • 3 Tips to Raising a Child

    January 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    By some definitions a blog is an opinion piece. As you will notice many of my blogging colleagues use factual research to support their opinions. Me, not so much.  You are about to read a piece on parenting and I urge you to keep in mind this is my opinion. I have nothing factual to […]

  • Really Living

    December 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” – William Wallace When we are children we believe we can conquer the world.  We are going to fly to the moon, discover new lands, be famous movie stars, sail the seas, save the planet from the bad guys, and perform miracles upon request.  It was a […]