“Don’t tell us what you think we want to hear” and “Be yourself” are two pieces of advice The University of Texas at Austin gives about college-application essays. (Photo: The University of Texas at Austin)

Applying to College

December 2014

How to survive the process

I confess: When my son was 18 months old, I sent him to a nursery school that required an interview – with him – as part of the admissions process. Word on the parents’ benches at the playground was that the school was a “Baby Ivy” (we were in Manhattan), a “feeder school” for good …

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Pro at Pin Oak
Pin Oak Middle School celebrated its annual Homecoming Week with a pep rally. The day was a memorable one for the students, with a surprise visit from Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (pictured, with Pin Oak seventh-grade quarterback Ethan Tuckwood). He encouraged them to work hard to succeed in all areas of school. Maybe the …

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In This Issue

  • Cooking Buzz – Most wonderful time of the year
  • Mailbag – December 2014
  • SportzBuzz – December 2014
  • Party Time
  • Buzz About Town – December 2014
  • Neighborhood Tails – Daisy, age 4 months
  • Keeping Traditions
  • Publisher’s Note – December 2014
  • SportzBuzz, Jr. – December 2014
  • Back Porch – Standing on (holiday) ceremony
  • This Month in Dining – Holiday wine: What Houston’s experts would like to drink
  • Travel Buzz – Life lessons in the Yucatan with Dad
  • Dogs About Town
  • Happy Hanukkah
  • Buzz Kidz by Tatum Wray, age 14
  • Applying to College
  • Throwback Thursday: Pet of the Year Contest
  • Santa Sightings this Holiday Season
  • 2014 West U Buzz Pet of the Year Contest
  • Cold-weather Tips to Stay Safe and Warm
  • We are Here
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  • Holiday Spirit at St. John’s School
  • Midterm Advice from Westbury Christian Teachers
  • Q & A with Stratford’s Departing Principal, Christopher Juntti
  • Santa for a Day: Project Santa 2014
  • Four Seasons eMotions Dance Show
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