The College Whisperer™ | Navigating The Road To College


May 6, 2020


Many colleges have changed or are in the process of changing their testing requirements for students entering in the Fall of 2021. Some are waiving ACT/SAT tests entirely, while others are "Test-Optional" or "Test-Flexible." 

You should check the websites (typically under Admissions/Prospective Students) of respective colleges of interest for specific testing requirements.

While not necessarily the gospel, here is a link to colleges that are "Test-Optional" for Fall 2021 admissions. Again, the situation being fluid and subject to change, always check college websites for latest information regarding testing and admissions. [Current as of May 4.]

Please pay close attention to the particulars. There are sometimes waivers for minimum GPA or class rank, and some schools that are "Test-Optional" or "Test-Flexible" still require testing for specific programs and/or course placement.

In any event, now is a good time to explore all options as you move forward in the application process, such as it is or as it may evolve. Simply putting this out there for those who may have schools on their college lists that, at this time, still require the ACT/SAT for Fall 2021 admission, so that you may plan accordingly. [Assuming there will be ACT/SAT tests in the Summer and/or Fall of this year. Stay tuned...]

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are always here to help!

Stay safe. smart. Keep calm.


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March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update From College Connection 

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With the extension of social distancing Guidelines through the end on April, College Connection, home of The College Whisperer, is continuing to pause in-person college planning and counseling sessions. The free College Planning Workshop, scheduled to take place on April 20 in Garden City, has been postponed.

It is our hope that, as the impact of the Corona Virus is mitigated, we will be able to resume such in-person meetings in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile, we are offering online college planning and counseling sessions via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and, for the truly adventurous, Smoke Signal (Smoke Signal rates may apply :-). If you would like to schedule a virtual session, from wherever you may be, please let us know. You can reach us at 516-345-8766, or by email at We will also continue to work with students and parents by all available electronic means, including email and telephone conferences, and will be posting critical information concerning the application process, college admissions, and financial aid options on our website at and via Twitter @GetCollege.

Students and parents may also obtain a free copy of our essential Guide, geared toward high school juniors, Applying To College In The Time Of The Corona Virus. Simply email us at

Anxious? Overwhelmed? We are extending our offer of FREE telephone consultations to assist both students and parents, with a view toward helping calm the waters and steady the course during these difficult times. Call us today at 516-345-8766!

Please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or concerns. At College Connection, we've got your back. And your best moves forward!

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Applying To College In The Age Of The Corona Virus

March 19, 2020

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Here at
College Connection, we’re hunkering down, ready to offer some sage advice for high school students as they march forward - socially distanced, of course - on their journey to college.

First and foremost, of course, would be to STAY HOME. Help to flatten the curve of the Corona Virus, not only to keep yourself healthy, but to avoid infecting others, particularly the most vulnerable. Socialize online (teens are experts at that) rather than in the schoolyard, at friends' homes, or in the local park. 

With respect to school work, keep up with it. Most school districts will have various aspects of e-learning in place. You are not on Spring Break or summer vacation. DO NOT SLACK OFF. 

For high school seniors already accepted to college, proceed, within the realm of what can be done without visiting campus, as if classes will, in fact, begin in September. Make your college decision. Pay your deposit. Visit your college web portal to complete college-specific requirements. Keep (start?) searching and applying for college scholarships via search engines such as Submit the FAFSA (if you haven't already done so). Stay in touch with your high school guidance counselor to make sure all college-ready essentials are taken care of in a timely manner. READ YOUR EMAILS. That's how colleges are most likely to contact you.

For high school juniors, who would now or soon be starting the college application and admissions process in earnest, the good news is that almost everything you have to do at this point can be done online.

That said, here's a "To Do" list of sorts (batteries sold separately :-) to keep high school juniors (and even Sophs and Freshmen, when it comes to searching and applying for scholarships) engaged and on track:

- Create a new Gmail email address, to be used exclusively for everything college. 

- Write all of your logins in a Composition notebook (if you are environmentally friendly, use a decomposition notebook :-) Naviance, Common App, College Board, colleges, scholarship search engines, all have logins. Don't trust them to memory, your laptop, or cell phone, let alone to the Cloud.

- Don't sweat missing the ACT and/or SAT. Many colleges no longer require these tests. Over 800 are already Test-Optional. Most are likely to test requirements given the current situation. Students may be able to take AP exams online from home. Check with your Guidance office.

- Naviance (for those high schools that use it) - (a) Build that Resume (in the About Me section). Every activity, in school and out; every award, honor, citation, and pat on the back; basically, anything you have done during waking hours from the 9th grade on. [Include planned senior year activities as well, even though we are still in the junior year.] (b) Add prospective colleges to Colleges I'm Thinking About under the Colleges tab as you begin to build your college list.

- College Search - Search for and refine your college preferences at Create an account. Plug in as much info as possible about your interests (academic and otherwise), college characteristics (size, location, housing, etc.), and a list of colleges that would be a good fit, based on the criteria you enter, will be presented. [You may also click on the What Are My Chances tab to get a sense (not etched in stone but better than the Magic 8 Ball) of whether you are on target for any particular school based on prior years' admissions.] Also check out and The Big Future, for guidance in honing in on your college choices as well as available majors.

- Common App - (a) Create an account at Common App at (using your new Gmail email). (b) Begin to work on the Common App main sections.  (c) Add colleges you are interested in via the College Search tool. (d) View My Colleges for each college for deadlines and admissions criteria.  (e) Work on sections under the Common App tab (Profile, Family, Education, etc.). (f) Check out and answer Supplemental Questions for individual colleges as added to Common App under the My Colleges tab. (g) Take a look at, but do NOT work on, Writing Supplements (for colleges that have same), at this time. NOTE: Common App goes "Live" for 2020-21 on August 1. Your info and data will rollover. You may then work on college-specific Writing Supplements, if any.

- Colleges NOT on Common App - 
Visit college websites (typically under Admissions or Prospective Students) to access proprietary applications and/or to ascertain where applications may be found (i.e., Coalition For College). Create accounts. Begin to work on general application profiles only after same become available for Fall 2021 admission, typically after August 1.

- Demonstrate interest. (a) Request information from colleges you are or may be interested in via the college websites, and like/follow colleges on social media. (b) In the fall, sign up and attend information sessions for colleges that visit your high school. [Calendar of college visits, as well as sign up, are typically found on Naviance.]

- Scholarships - Register, complete Student and Parent Profiles, and begin to search for scholarships on Watch for and read emails, and apply, apply, APPLY! There are literally thousands of scholarship opportunities out there. Most are little more than contests or sweepstakes, with no essays required. Take advantage of FREE money! [The $2000 No Essay Required Scholarshipfor instance, is monthly. Apply now, and again in April, May, June, and so on!] Also check out NicheCheggScholarships.comScholarshipOwlUnigo. Set aside and dedicate time each week to search for scholarships, and, did I mention, apply, apply, APPLY!

- Take A Virtual Tour - You can't visit college campuses, but you can visit colleges you may be interested in without ever having to get out of your pajamas! [Not that you were planning on getting out of your PJs anyway. LOL] Check out these websites:

- College Essay -  Begin to think seriously about your Common App essay. Jot down ideas and bullet points. WRITE. Keep in mind that regardless of the prompt, colleges want to know who you are, who you hope to become over the next few years, and what, other than your Nintendo Switch and that 72" HDTV, you will bring to campus, and to the community beyond. Aside from grades, scores, and activities, the essay is your opportunity to stand out above the madding crowd, showcasing your character and your personality.

- Keep Guidance In The Loop. Speak with (email, text, smoke signal) your Guidance Counselor regularly to discuss college plans, high school requirements, scholarship opportunities, etc. Remember, your school counselor will be writing that all-important Guidance Report, so familiarity is a good thing!

- Contact us at College Connection. Visit our website at Call us at 516-345-8766. Email us at Tweet us @GetCollege. We are always here to help!

- Above all. Stay calm. This, too, shall pass, and will ultimately make for a great story to tell your children and grandchildren (as they roll their eyes, having themselves survived the zombie apocalypse). 

All of this, of course, is but the tip of the iceberg.We could elaborate further on any and all points, and there are so many areas not covered here, both the mundane and the nuanced.

We’re sure you're thinking, "Wow. TMI," right about now. Yes, the process, even when condensed into a single missive, can be overwhelming. That, folks, is what we’re here for. So give a holler with your questions, concerns, and the last known location of 2-ply toilet paper. The initial telephone consultation is FREE.  


IMPORTANT: Suspension of In-Person Counseling

March 17, 2020

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We'll call this, new meaning to March Madness...

In view of the evolving situation regarding Covid-19, in an effort to contain further community spread of the virus, and for our mutual health and well-being, prudence being a guide, College Connection is suspending all in-person college counseling sessions until further notice.

It is our hope that, as the impact of Covid-19 is mitigated, we will be able to resume such in-person meetings in the not too distant future. 

Meanwhile, we will be offering online college planning and counseling sessions via FaceTime and Skype. If you would like to schedule a virtual session, from wherever you may be, please let us know.
You can reach us at 516-345-8766, or by email at We will also continue to work with students and parents by all available electronic means, including email and telephone conferences.

Anxious? Overwhelmed? We are extending our offer of FREE telephone consultations to assist both students and parents, with a view toward helping calm the waters and steady the course during these difficult times.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this suspension of “up close and personal” may cause. Hopefully, it will be short-lived. 

Feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or concerns. We are always here to help with all of your college planning and counseling needs!

Thank you and stay safe.

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College Counseling In The Time Of The Corona Virus

March 16, 2020

Don't let the Corona Virus, with attendant quarantines, pauses, and time outs, hamper your college admission plans.

Whether you're in Great Neck or in Guam, time constraints, logistics, social distancing, or simply dollars and cents may make face-to-face, in-person counseling impractical, if not impossible.

That's why College Connection offers
, a comprehensive combo of online, e-mail, telephonic, and virtual counseling, with a real-live college planning counselor on hand and on call, to seamlessly take you through the college admissions process.

From choosing colleges that are "best" for you, to brainstorming and editing essays, to navigating Naviance, Common App, and the host of online portals from Fastweb for scholarships to FAFSA for financial aid, College Connection is your go to guide when planning for college, applying to college, paying for college, or just thinking about college.

With College Connection's online and interactive resources, and the assistance of a college counselor never more than a telephone call, e-mail, Skype, FaceTime, or even a Tweet away, navigating the road to college couldn't be easier or more stress-free. [Why, you can even do all of your college planning in your PJs! ;-)]

Call us today for more information, or to get on board with virtual counseling to secure your college future. As always, the initial telephone consultation is FREE. 516-345-8766.

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FREE College Planning Workshop | April 20

February 10, 2020

Colleges once considered “safety” schools have become “reach.” The application process, seemingly simple back in the day, is now overwhelming. And the cost of college, well, let’s just say that arm and leg may not cover it. What’s a high school student (or parent) to do?

On Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM, the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will play host to a free college planning workshop, where high school students and their parents will get the inside scoop on how to choose the “best” colleges, the DOs and DON’Ts of the application and admissions process, writing persuasive essays, and navigating the maze of financial aid and scholarships.

Seth Bykofsky of College Connection, a/k/a The College Whisperer™, will offer insight and advice to the college-bound, while calming the frayed nerves of moms and dads, bringing his passion, aptitude, common sense and funny bone to the masses yearning to apply, be admitted to, and pay for their colleges of choice.

The Ethical Humanist Society is located at 38 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY. REGISTER HERE for this free college planning forum, or call 516-345-8766 for more information.


Simply The Best!

August 5, 2019

College Connection voted Best in College Planning and Counseling.

But don't just take the word of the mainstream media, those who cast ballots in otherwise senseless online polls, or folks who take umbrage in meaningless rankings.

Read what our clients have to say about us, then, pick up the phone and let's talk.

College Connection. When only the BEST will do!

Call us today at 516-345-8766. The telephone consultation is FREE. The guidance and peace of mind: PRICELESS!

COLLEGE CONNECTION: The Cure For The Common App

May 20, 2019

Has applying to college - or just thinking about applying to college -- left you dazed, dizzy and down-in-the dumps? Do you go blank when you try to put pen to paper for that college essay? Does worrying about how you're going to pay for it all send chills down your spine? 

COLLEGE CONNECTION, your one-stop source for college planning, counseling and support, has the cure for what ails you!

With the college application season about to get into full swing, and with it, the angst, frustrations and anxieties of students and parents alike reaching a pinnacle, one often hears the question, “can an independent college counselor really give students a competitive edge?”

Well, did the little piggy cry wee, wee, wee all the way home?

The expert guidance. The knowledgeable advice. The learned hand helping to successfully navigate the long and winding road to college admissions. And did we mention, taking the not uncommon concerns, pitfalls and tribulations out of the so-called 
Common App?

That’s what 
College Connection, the one-stop source for college planning, guidance and support, offers the college-bound. It’s all about empowering students and giving parents peace of mind.

"Can I afford to retain the services of an independent college counselor?" Think of it this way. Can you afford 
not to? It's not the cost, really, as you prepare to make one of the greatest investments of your life. It's the value. . It's the calm during the storm. It’s knowing that your application is not just done, it’s done correctly, completely, and accurately. It's, well, how can we put it so the message really hits home? It's the fulfillment of a promise, and the realization of a dream. Now THAT'S bang for your buck!

college matching and selection to application enhancement, essay brainstorming and development to comprehensive admission strategies, acing the admissions interview to unearthing the buried treasures of scholarships and grants, the College Connection counselor could well be the difference between celebrating your acceptance and sulking over that rejection.
Wee, wee, wee all the way home? Leave that to the little piggy. You're on your way to college. College Connection can help you get there!
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Visit College Connection on the web at And speak with The College Whisperer™ himself at 516-345-8766.


A Spring Break "To Do" List

April 18, 2019
Wondering What To Do Over Spring Break? Read On...
Remember, college application and admissions season is closer than it appears in the rear view mirror. Check out College Connection's College Planning Packages (or create one of your own). Then, give us a call (516-345-8766) with your questions, concerns, or to schedule a college planning & counseling session in the comfort of your home (Long Island, NY and environs) or remotely. 
At College Connection, we've got your back. And your best moves forward!

Free College Planning Workshop | April 17th | Garden City, NY

February 25, 2019

Secrets of College Admissions Revealed


Navigating The Application Process ~ Admission Strategies Engaging  Essays ~ Financial Aid Essentials ~ Scholarships


Wednesday, April 17, 2019  @ 7:15 PM

at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island

38 Old Country Road Garden City, NY 11530


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