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Author: Chris Teare

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Chris Teare, now Co-Director of College Counseling at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, has helped students and parents with the college process in the United States, Europe, and US Virgin Islands for 40 years. He is a member of NACAC, ACCIS, NJACAC, the Fiske College Guide Editorial Advisory Group, The Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board, and is a Former Contributor to Forbes.com.

Posted July 19, 2021, 2 p.m. by Chris Teare | View Comments
A Male and Female College Student Attend A Lecture With Other Students

When I was a college counselor in the Virgin Islands, I brought my students stateside to visit campuses. I thought it was a college tour. They showed me that it was also a shopping mall tour. In their honor, and for TeenLife, I offer a metaphor: selecting a college is going shopping in the biggest mall you’ve ever seen. You need to be in the right store to find the right item at the right price, one that fits, wears well, and will be worth it in the future. The mistake some young people—and parents—make is wanting the brand name ...