The lure of prestigious colleges

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Brand named schools, prestige. There's always a certain segment of the going that are trophy chasers, and are looking to put that Harvard sticker on their car. Certainly, certain schools may open doors for the first job after you graduate. I'm not going to say that doesn't factor into a choice for some people. Really what determines how you do after college is how you did in college, and how involved you were in college. If you were the type of student that was off drinking beer and sitting in your dorm for four years, or were you the student that was involved and active in clubs and organization, you wrote for the school newspaper. Did you do well? Did you get good grades? Did you graduate in the top of your class? Did you graduate with Honors? Did you have good Internships? Those really are more important than where you went to college, what type of student you were in college dictates how you will do when you graduate.
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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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