Dr. Wolosoff is also a member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and OACAC (Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling).
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International Visit to China
Dr. Rachelle Wolosoff works with students nationally and internationally using the Internet. Dr. Wolosoff has just returned from her presentations on the Myths of the College Application Process in Beijing, China. – Dr. Rachelle Wolosoff works with students nationally and internationally using the Internet. Rachelle has made many international presentations.
You can also check out the events page for some photos taken while Dr. Wolosoff was helping students with the college admissions process in Beijing.
Rachelle is presenting on the U.S. College Application Process at the Beijing World Youth Academy in China. Translators were present at this standing room only presentation for international students.
College Search Expert gets international exposure in New Delhi, India
Brief tips to help you apply to a foreign university
August 20, 2012 - Deepshikha Punj, New Indian Express, New Delhi, India
How is the US college/university admission process different from schools in other parts of the world?
The US has an extraordinary variety and number of schools. There are over 3,000 colleges in the US, that are private and public. Additionally, we have liberal arts colleges that are wonderful places to hone in what you would like to pursue or explore different areas. Unlike schools in other countries a student does not need to know in advance what profession or career they would like when entering a college/university. They can determine that in their second year of university or during their graduate work. This allows students to truly find what their passion is, which is critical to succeeding in life.
How to write the many college/university admission essays so that they highlight the student's strengths and interest?
Essay writing for colleges is a genre onto itself. Often students provide me with an essay that they wrote for an English class for the purpose of college entrance. I have studied many college/university essays of excellence. I provide my students a workshop where we go through and critique many essays so that they can learn how important the essay is. Students must make the essay three-dimensional. This differs from other countries' essays where a student must simply write why they want to attend a particular school.
Higher Education: Get Resourceful
New York Post
August 14, 2013
The energy and pace of a college campus is like no other - either you move with it or get lost in the shuffle. How well you manage your time and workload very often determines how stressful this experience is for you.
College Application Essays
November 6, 2012
According to Rachelle Wolosoff, Ed.D. and founder of College Search Expert, LLC., colleges look for what is unique about an applicant and the essay is the perfect vehicle to showcase the candidate in three dimensions. Wolosoff also recommends starting with an interesting statement or hook that engages the admissions counselor to want to read and learn more. She encourages her clients to start thinking about the essay as early as freshman year and to focus on unique interests or slants on an interest.
Seth Bykofsky of the College Connection says there are three components to the essay. He agrees with Wolosoff that the essay should invite admissions counselors to want to learn more. He also says the essay should focus on the characteristics and accomplishments of the student and show that the student is a "likeable" individual.
Andy Lockwood of Lockwood Consulting says students should expect to write multiple drafts; brainstorming ideas is a great way to get started.
He also suggests saving drafts because often ideas from an earlier draft will enhance a later draft. The key concept is for the essay to be interesting and entice the reader to want to learn more.
The College Board recommends that students be themselves by showing how you like to do something, not just telling about it. Jeff Brenzel, the Dean of Admissions at Yale University is featured in a video on the site and advises students not try to focus on what you think the colleges want to hear. He encourages students to have others read the essay to ensure the points the students want to make are actually being made and are clear. U.S. News & World Report offers a tip sheet as well suggesting that students be concise and honest and use vivid descriptions. Discussing controversial issues is fine as long as the ideas are "balanced and thoughtful".
Change@Work: Make way for career explorers. Their passions and abilities take them many places, but that's where they can find joy 'Scanners' should look around
Patricia Kitchen, Change@work
February 4, 2007
Dog groomer, teacher, 911 operator, recruiter, real estate assistant, marketing assistant and now title closer. Those are just a few of the jobs a friend of mine has considered and/or pursued in the eight years I've known her.
It's tempting to say that such people - for whom career-du-jour is de rigueur - are undisciplined, fickle or lacking in follow-through. But Manhattan career coach, author and PBS personality Barbara Sher calls them "scanners" - people who are wired to be curious explorers, quick studies and comfortable with change. And despite what friends, family and guidance counselors may say, Sher says, "scanners aren't supposed to choose."
That's the premise of her latest book "Refuse to Choose!" (Rodale, $24.95), which offers tips and techniques on how scanners can have satisfying careers just as they are.
The first step, she says, calls for a shift in self-perception: Don't buy into society's view that you are faulty. That's what she told a group recently at a Learning Annex session in Manhattan. She explained it this way: If you had interests in astronomy, theater, philosophy, logic, poetry and physics - and lived a few hundred years BC - people would not call you impractical and unfocused; they would call you Aristotle.
Scanners, she says, are programmed to learn - and she used herself as an example: Her own degree is in anthropology, but she has been an avid class auditor. Such people typically don't mind being beginners, and they enjoy processing fresh information - as well as gathering ideas not just for themselves but to share with others.
Sher sees two main categories. Cyclical scanners have a limited number of interests - whether it's two or 20 - to which they return again and again. And sequential scanners are always tuned in to the next new thing. For them, a former interest is like "an orange with all the juice sucked out," according to one man quoted in Sher's book.
Either type can be deflated by boredom, which she told the Learning Annex crowd is "like kryptonite for scanners." Boredom actually contributes to their need to move on so frequently.
Rachelle Wolosoff, a former CPA from Rockville Centre, says she found the Learning Annex session to be "invigorating, stimulating and motivational." A few years back, she returned to college so she could become an elementary school teacher. Now, she's working on her doctoral dissertation at Hofstra University on educational leadership and technology, and she says she sees a need for Sher's thinking to be applied in schools. Students with a scanner personality should be exposed to "learning that encourages them to construct their own lives instead of follow paths that are already there," Wolosoff says.
Along those lines, Sher says it's important for scanners to learn more about their own natures: Does a common theme run through your interests? At what point does your interest wane, and why? One useful method involves creating a daybook to capture your various ideas and all the tangents they lead to. Think, she writes, of the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci - which are "delightfully out of order, impulsive and unrestrained."
Still, scanners may be in danger of what Sher describes as "living an unused life." That's because, with shifting focus and commitment, they can miss out on the good feeling that comes from accomplishment.
And some have so many ideas that they never pursue any. For them Sher offers this advice: Start small. Start now. Start everything. But instead of trying to whip yourself into completing everything, use your daybook to "take the idea as far as your enthusiasm and imagination allow, and don't stop until you collapse and your brain is empty."
Understand, too, that not every idea or interest needs to lead to a career. Scanners can survive in "good enough jobs," she says, those that give them time to pursue outside interests. Haven't people worked in unsatisfying jobs so they can afford to buy speedboats? And what's wrong with work that can be boring - if it provides the wherewithal to have an outside life as, say, an interior decorator?
Sher told of one client who hated her job in insurance. After identifying the common thread among her many interests, she got immersed in the field of linguistics and wound up auditing classes and working on projects. And she told Sher she no longer minds that insurance job: "It isn't all there is."
In one last tip, Sher advises scanners to be around like-minded people - so they can share ideas, resources and support. "Praise makes you brave," she says.
The Learning Annex session ended with what Sher calls an idea party, where a few people got to articulate their dreams as well as their obstacles. In response, audience members shouted out resources and strategies to help one woman raise money for a charity, another to get a play produced, and yet another to get financing for a documentary.
Afterward, Wolosoff spoke of the value of mingling with other scanners, as well as the evening's big take-away: the lesson that while you may not be required to follow traditional routes, you are still "obligated to use your talents." The key, says Wolosoff, is figuring out "how to put them together in a dynamic way."
'Scanners' should look around
Careers for those with multiple interests are everywhere, writes career coach and author Barbara Sher - but they they don't often show up on lists of traditional jobs. So you may have to invent or discover them yourself.
Take Sher's cousin, for instance, who loves touring people's homes (hated the idea of going into real estate), loves wilderness photography (hated the idea of a photography business) and loves to travel (nixed becoming a travel agent). She ended up as a location scout for a major film company, finding and photographing homes that might be used in films, as well as scouting and photographing potential locations in wilderness/jungle areas.
While that's not suitable for every scanner, there are other jobs that have a degree of built-in variety, Sher says, such as librarian, journalist, university staff (which also allows you to audit classes), consultant, class developer for an adult education program, and head of an association whose members work in varying fields.
To learn more about scanners and career issues, check out barbarasher.com.
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Third-Graders Protest Child Labor
Village Herald, April 4, 2002
Students in Rachelle Wolosoff's third-grade class at Waverly Park embarked on a study of child labor recently. The students watched a videotape produced by the American Federation of Teachers entitled "Lost Futures: The Problem of Child Labor," which introduces the subject of child labor and tells the story of a particular child in Pakistan who was enslaved. Read more...
Lynbrook Third-Graders 'Pay it Forward'
By: Betty Ommerman
Newsday, March 17, 2002
It's known as "pay it forward," and it's been adopted with a gusto that only third-graders can have when they latch onto an idea that excites them. Read more...
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For These Children, Math is a Game
By: Betty Ommeran
Newsday, March 11, 2001
Math is not exactly the most exciting subject for many elementary and middle school students. But there are exceptions: notably students in Rachelle Wolosoff's third-grade class and Lisa Patrick's seventh-grade class. Read more...
Using Family to Build Love for Reading
By: Betty Ommerman
Newsday, January 13, 2001
When Rachelle R. Wolosoff decided to have her third-graders read books on their own -- not counting those for class assignments at Waverly Park Elementary School in East Rockaway -- she had her students write letters to family and relatives asking why they think it's important to read books. They also asked them what their favorite book or story was while growing up. Read more...
Third Grade Interprets 'Freedom'
By: Betty Ommerman
When 20 third-graders at Waverly Park Elementary School in East Rockaway thought about freedom, they pictured the usual American flags and signs bearing such slogans as "United We Stand." Read more...
Students Go on a Sea Voyage, but Stay at Home
By: Betty Ommerman
Newsday, February 20, 2000
Imagine being a third-grader and able to tell others what it was like sailing to different parts of the world, visiting exotic ports of call and learning about various cultures and ways of life. And then being able to say you did all this without even leaving your classroom. Read more...