About Holly Walker

Assistant to the Head of School Office Manager

College Counselor’s Corner: Love or Not

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, here's a look at things to love about the college process, as well as some things no longer loved. Show Love When Applying to Colleges? The phenomenon is called demonstrated interest: going to campus, leaving a name at admissions, sending emails to admissions readers, going to college fairs, and taking [...]

2017-03-02T18:19:55+00:00 February 13th, 2017|

College Counselor’s Corner: Winning

Next weekend, the Falcons and Patriots will compete in Super Bowl LI. As each team knows, getting Super Bowl experience is nothing compared with winning the whole prize. But as your student will likely find out, we come to value the small wins over time, and that includes finding out ways to navigate the college [...]

2017-03-02T17:40:39+00:00 January 27th, 2017|

College Counselor’s Corner: Q&A, College Night

It’s mid January, and students here at Hudson are immersing themselves in their coursework and activities. I continue to welcome juniors to discuss their goals for college.The second semester will be here in no time at all, and these students need to leave junior year with a working list of colleges and an essay draft [...]

2017-03-02T17:53:40+00:00 January 13th, 2017|

College Counselor’s Corner: Early Decision, Scores for Scholarships, Hudson College Night

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed time with your families that did not include any discussion about the college process. Those of us involved in college counseling traveled a bumpy road this holiday break. Some students had to put off their college-related tasks, while others were forced to activate back-up plans after deferrals [...]

2017-01-06T12:31:10+00:00 January 6th, 2017|

College Counselor’s Corner: Acceptances, GPAs, Snapchat

Dear Parents, This week, Hudson students starting hearing from colleges. We at Hudson are thrilled with the results, and so are the students and families. Early Decision is not for every student, but it can be enormously beneficial when the student knows what he or she wants and does not need to compare offers of [...]

2016-12-09T16:57:45+00:00 December 9th, 2016|

College Counselor’s Corner: Gap Years, Social Media

Will today’s winds signal changes to the college process? By staying informed, you can be prepared. More About Gap Years In a recent College Counselor’s Corner, I mentioned a New York Times article in which individuals who took gap years looked back on them as life-changing experiences. Since then, I’ve received more questions about gap [...]

2016-11-16T15:46:35+00:00 November 16th, 2016|

College Counselor’s Corner: Financial Aid Seminar

Every fall, Hudson arranges with the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) for a speaker on financial aid. This year, we will welcome Aisha Hill on November 30th. Ms. Hill has worked with both public and private institutions in New York and New Jersey and regularly speaks to high school students. This session [...]

2016-12-01T09:38:02+00:00 November 4th, 2016|

College Counselor’s Corner: Early Decisions

This week, we at Hudson were quite caught up in college season. Here's some insight, no matter where your student is in the process. Lessons Learned from Early Decision Tuesday was not only the start of a new month; it was also Early Decision Day. On Monday, October 31, Naviance, which extracts information from the [...]

2016-11-04T14:11:54+00:00 November 4th, 2016|

College Counselor’s Corner: Halloween Edition

It’s again time for Halloween tricks and treats. If your student is a senior or a junior, pay close attention. You don’t want to be fooled or go down a dark path . . . Early Decision or Regular Decision: A trick or a treat? Students whose families don’t need to wait and compare offers [...]

2016-10-28T10:55:53+00:00 October 28th, 2016|