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Claire is an IECA Professional Member and a Certified Educational Planner (AICEP) located in Charleston, South Carolina.
13 06, 2016

Children, Teens and Gun Violence


This week marks the tragic first anniversary of the nine shootings at Emmanuel AME Church, and in December 2016 it will be four years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children, ages six and seven, were killed.  As a parent and grandparent, I know we all want our kids to grow up healthy and happy, and provide them with a safe place in which to grow. I don’t own a gun and never had the desire to, but leaving politics aside, those who do own guns certainly bear a greater responsibility to the rest of us […]

8 09, 2015

Thank You Class of 2015


skateboarderMBTI personality assessment for college-bound students has been a great tool to find college majors for students. As the school year starts Chip and I are so grateful for the opportunity we’ve had to work with a diverse group of young men and women who are entering college for the first time this fall 2015. We remember the process by which students grew in confidence and strength, and began to realize the true depth of their own potential. Through the use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and many conversations […]

7 09, 2015

Date Rape on Campus


Rape in College

If you’ve read “I am Charlotte Simmons”, by Tom Wolfe you see how Charlotte, a first year college student is sexually assaulted in college. brutally by a fraternity brother. She turns the situation around by adhering to her home values, and in the end, her attacker gets his comeuppance.
Charlotte was excited about starting college, meeting new people and be popular. Like in the musical Wicked, “popular” is the drumbeat at Charlotte’s college, and she is surrounded by girls who, like in the musical, are as cool and pretty as Glinda. Charlotte is more like Elphaba, who does not fit in because she comes from […]

27 07, 2015

The Nursing Major


Are you interested in nursing? There are two avenues to gaining admission to nursing programs: direct entry immediately upon graduating from high school and entry after two years of college. Direct admission to a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing or BSN is super competitive these days. The colleges that take high school graduates directly into this major require higher grade point average and standardized test scores than for general admission to Arts & Sciences.

So it is helpful for students to think through and decide whether or not they are completely sure of wanting to major in nursing or should instead apply […]

15 06, 2015

The Three Levels of Learning Services in College


When students with learning disabilities decide to go to college, they face not only the challenge of finding the right college match but also the right type and the right level of learning support services.

In our private practice we encounter a variety of students who will need learning supports in order to be successful in college. Some may have learning disabilities that were never diagnosed and may be performing way below their potential. Others are fortunate to be receiving the highest level of support from their high school, called an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). A lower level of support just […]

17 08, 2013

The One Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Debate


As the search for a solution to the one trillion dollar of student loan debt rages on, let’s not forget that this trillion is still in repayment: people are still making monthly payments on their student loans. The government and taxpayer are likely not going to lose all of this trillion. Most of the borrowers are repaying this debt. We may not recoup the entire trillion but more than likely we won’t have one trillion in defaulted loans. I’m writing this in reference to this article:

It does not mean that an entire trillion is lost. The majority of borrowers are in repayment […]

11 08, 2013

The Truth about the $1Trillion Student Loan Debt


I felt compelled to reply to this editorial claiming the taxpayer is bailing out students with loans in the August 11, 2013 in the Wall Street Journal:  The Rolling Student Loan Bailout

The trillion dollar student loan debt results from the cumulative borrowing over the last few decades. Let’s not confuse political administrations with facts. The genesis of this problem pre-dates the current administration. Consider that students don’t have to start paying their undergraduate Stafford loans until six months after they graduate or leave college. In most situations undergraduate students can’t borrow but a fraction of the costs through Stafford loans. […]

2 08, 2013

Congress Approves Lower Student Loan Rates!


They said it could not be done!  However, we finally have a decision from Congress on the student loan rates that will apply to college borrowers! Many college students and their parents borrow each year in order to pay for college but the loan terms were in limbo. Federal student loans rates are usually set by June 30th.  However, this year, they were hung up in both the Senate and Congress due to bipartisan disagreement. Earlier in July the House passed a bill that set interest rates at 6.8% plus fees for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans and 7.9% for […]